Welcome back to Thursday, as Jodi at The Noise of Boys and I take turns with our True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches series. We’ll pick a topic each week about trying to figure out just what is the difference in raising boys (hers) and raising girls (mine) and share our thoughts with you.
Today, Jodi discusses the beauty that is toddlerhood: they finally learn to speak, and oh there’s some doozies. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they just throw your catchphrases right back at you. “Be quiet mommy!” Ever gotten that one? Check out her funny insights and then share your thoughts in the comments.
My toddlers’ behavior- Sometimes you just have to laugh at the good, bad and memorable habits & phrases!
It’s Thursday! YIPPEE! Welcome back to the latest True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches! In case you didn’t notice we took a week off to enjoy the holidays, but we are back & glad you have joined us!
Each week Melissa from Home on Deranged and I swap stories! Laugh with us, sometimes laugh at us, as we discuss various topics from our world of toddlerhood with boys (mine) & girls (hers)!
Oh The Joys! Fun…and the not-so fun- My Toddlers’ Behavior
Raising toddler boys, you have to embrace the humor to survive some days. Part of what lead me to blogging was wanting to record these memorable moments. Some of which are good, occasionally embarrassing and always relate-able in mommy-hood land.
Henry, well he almost gets a pass on this post. He can’t really speak. He grunts, points and will break out the occasional frustrated signs for “more,” “all done” or just shake his head “no” in protest. However, tantrums have begun and sometimes his reactions are just borderline crazy. For example, yesterday he accidentally walked in to the wall. First he sat and wailed. I verbally tried to comfort him. But he suddenly got up, rubbed his head and then decided the best course of action would be to head-butt the wall. Of course that makes sense!
He is also a “trouble seeker” He needs to be watched. closely. He is sneaky and quick. With an unbelievable memory for tricks that make my heart stop. My little man on the run – he tries to elude, escape and outwit me. If you meet Henry, you’d never guess this about him. He is unbelievably shy and hides his face behind his hands or full body, behind me.
Hayden is my charmer, my little salesman. I am mostly enjoying his quick wit! At three and a half, he has started to communicate better. LOL. Many times he uses the phrases, I use as parent, against me. Or his brother. Sometimes he is a “mini-parent” with Henry.
In a recent discussion about the importance of only asking Santa for what was really important to him, he mentioned suddenly wanting several new items. I told him maybe he should talk to his daddy about these things during lunch. He replied, “Nah I’d rather discuss it with Santa.”
His phrasing isn’t always correct, but I treasure the little quirks. “All of yesterday morning” is the equivalent of “yesterday,” or possibly “tomorrow” depending on the context. And his word “hopti-doctor” is actually a helicopter, no matter how many times I offer correction. He will begin a story about one subject and then randomly switch into an indepth discussion of Ninja Turtles, Mario Brothers or begin quoting his Imaginext DVD. These moments make me smile.
And then… the moments you wish didn’t happen, happen. Hayden had recently watched Wreck-it Ralph and unfortunately chose to quote “I am gonna get you, Sucker!” during dinner. Lucky for us this is the closest form of a “bad word” we have heard so far. PHEW. And I do need to discuss “appropriate conversations” with him. Soon. Just yesterday he told me I had a “big butt” and today pointed out that the woman in the elevator was missing a tooth. OH yeah…. and there was the lady in the grocery store with adult acne……yep, I’m cringing at these memories.
But I will just choose to focus on times like after Thanksgiving dinner, I loaded him in the car and while buckling his car seat, he all of a sudden said “Mom, you are lovely” (not sure where he came up with “lovely” maybe he is watching Downton Abby in pre-k?)
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