Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I want to make a conscious effort to record the cute, funny and down-right kid-like things the munchkins say and do. I feel I spend a lot of my time being cranky with them and I want to remember the great moments.

For example, this morning. Marianna was having a good morning until it was time to head out the door. She decided she wanted to take Teddy to day care, which was fine with me. However as we were about to walk out the door she threw him on the floor and said "you carry him". Of course I said "NO" because not only will I not pander to her silly little whims but I also had my arms full with a Tupperware container full of muffins I made for the office, my lunch, my handbag, keys and garage remote.

She went ballistic, screaming and sobbing as if she was being murdered. I was running late so I simply dragged her out the door towards the lift. She lay screaming on the ground while we waited for the lift. [Poor Will wanted to help carry Teddy but she wouldn't let him. It's her way or no way.] The lift came and I had to drag her inside. Then drag her out again when we got to the basement.

I left her screaming in the little lift lobby while I opened the garage and the car and got Will inside and put all my stuff in the car. Then I came back for her and carried her screaming and hysterical to the car and tried to strap her in her seat. Have you ever tried strapping an octopus on speed into a baby seat?

She continued to scream and yell "I want my Teddy" at the top of her lungs for about 15 minutes into our trip (that's stamina for you). Finally she calmed down and the rest of the car trip was peaceful and uneventful.

Upon arriving at day care I unstrapped her and as I was holding her to put her on the ground she smiled sweetly at me and said "I'm happy with you mum". Then she happily walked into the centre and the day went on.

Parenting is the hardest and the best job in the world.


Kath Lockett said...

"An octopus on speed" - that is brilliant, DKG!

And I agree with you entirely re parenting. One second I can hatin' with the white-hot heat of a thousand suns, and literally 30 seconds later have to train myself to turn off and receive a hug from behind and a sloppy kiss on the cheek...

Julia said...

I am sitting here in the internet cafe laughing myself silly! "I'm happy with you mum" - haha!

And yes, an octopus on speed - very apt!