Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Life with A Toddler Takes Some Adjusting

(1) After moving the potty stool about a million times, Mommy has finally learned to squat on the top of the toilet, with her knees above her boobs during releif.  This makes life a lot easier, especially when arts and crafts are involved and mommy just has to go!  To not risk as big as a playdoh mess as could have resulted in the time it takes to move the potty stool, the potty stool has just remained in place.

Mommies with toddlers-to-be, take note....just learn to do this and don't even bother moving the stool to start.
(2) Toddlers are naturally slow when you need them to be fast and fast when you need them to be slow.  For example, Lallie LOVES to take her sweet time when we're trying to get out the door in the morning for work and school.  However, when naptime or bedtime arrive, or when we go to the store, zippy-Lallie takes over and you can't get her to slow down!

It's like driving.  When we have somewhere to be, Husband drives 5 miles an hour.  But when we have nowhere to be and we're just out, he drives like a maniac.

Why is this?  Don't answer that.


(3) Branding - oh yeah, as hard as you try, it happens whether you like it or not.  I went to McDonald's a few times.  One day I came home and guests were arriving, so I plopped Lallie down to watch Arthur with her chicken nugget/apple happy meal.  I had strategically taken out the toy and cookies, for obvious reasons.

Well lo and behold....a McD's commercial comes on and next thing, Lallie is looking in her box and saying "Mommy, they forgot my Shrek!"

So much for not branding!
(4)  Talking - oh my word....you think the learning to talk stage is frustrating?  Because 18 month to 24 month olds are learning to talk and they know what they want to say and it just won't come out.

Yes, it gets better!

See, toddlers don't always know the proper words of describing things and they usually come off in very weird descriptions, or descriptions you would not like them to say in public, at all!

For example, Lallie likes to take her on socks off and she will express herself by saying really loud (remember, Lallie is a demander) "Socks off!!!" but, replace the "s" with an "f" and it's not pretty.  We really need to work on those "s" sounds!

Sometimes, they just know what they see.  When I get out of the shower, I wrap my head in a hand towel into a turban so it will dry while putting on makeup.  After getting out of the pool the other day, Lallie insisted on having one by saying "Towerhead" over and over again.  After 20 minutes and some frustrations...we finally figured out she meant "towel hat."
Let me tell you, once we figured that out, we all (including Lallie) took a huge sigh of relief!
I could go on and on, but I'll leave you with those for today!

Happy Tuesday y'all!


  1. During relief? That made me laugh out loud at my desk at work! And the mean lady that I work with was standing right behind me scowling at me! HA!!! I love you Jennifer :-) Rock on! GW

  2. My toddler loves to yell "Clock!" in church because there is one above us. However, he is working on the "l"'s. Sigh.

    I wish mine would use the potty chair-he refuses and only uses the big potty, so inevitably I have to rescue him when he gets stuck up there.Lol.

  3. I think you need to write one of the "Kids Say the Darndest Things" books!! too cute.

  4. So true! I think the most common thing I say is, "Come on!"

  5. I miss my days as a Toddle teacher, they were all so darn adorable. You never know what they will say or do...

  6. That is so funny about the socks off! Lallie is just adorable! Love the stories!

  7. Oh Jennifer,

    You leave me with so much to look forward too! You mean the tantrums of crying, stomping, and then falling out on the floor aren't the worse thing??! ha!
    I'm right smack in the middle of the 18-24 month stage where she sure talks and points but I don't understand. She also says "mama" for everything! Frustrating and often times cute :)

  8. Isn't that the truth...you just never know what they will say ("socks off" story). So honest. They call it like it is with zero regard for what they are saying as they don't understand how to be discrete. Memories you will laugh about forever. We still do! :)

    Gotta love Mc Donald's. Marketing geniuses. :)

    Have a great day!