Friday, October 10, 2008

educating mama.

Mornings around here have changed in recent weeks. Before Mr. Baby's arrival, most days, I would wake before the other 2 in order to have a moment to breathe before the demands began(More milk, please. Who bought that milk? What's Larry's Dada's name? Let's do the puzzle. Let's do chalk. Let's make a cozy spot in my closet.) Getting up before the rest of them makes me feel sane, but as I adjust to nursing at night, I'm less eager to give up my sleep.

One day last week, Nate and I rolled out of bed when we heard Claire making noise in her room. I fed the baby on the couch and the girl started asking questions, while using my legs as a jungle gym. I reminded her, as I often do, that we can't hang on mommy while she's nursing and to please stop with the fussy voice. Then I asked her what she needed. She paused and then answered: "Attention. Huggies and kisses." How many of us are able to ask for what we need with such clarity? And when do we loose our ability to ask for the huggies and kisses we need?My hope for her: that she is always able to ask for what she needs, that she continues to sing her songs regardless of her audience and that she never becomes too cool to pose for a photo with her face on a cow's body.

5 comments:

Joshua & Valerie said...

Two year olds can be blatantly truthful, can't they? There is such innocence in her sweet request.

(FYI- I'm still not too cool to pose for a photo of my face on a cow's body...there is hope!! Tee-hee!)

Jeff, Renee, Carter and Camden said...

We had a similar situation in our house too, Carter wanted something, I was feeding Camden . . . He was whining and whining, I said, "Tell me in your big boy voice what you want." And he said, "Only You Mommy!" It broke my heart.

priscilla tilgner said...

awww, this is swee. claire i also hope she can always ask for what she needs. what sweet hopesfrom you as a mom kari!

Alida said...

Honesty does seem to be their strong point. Good for Claire for being so eloquent. I've never been able to get up before my crew. I just like sleeping too much!

Anonymous said...

Kari, I praise God for your patience and steadfastness. I remember when the kids were small with two in diapers; I changed one, got interrupted and tried to change the same kid twice. Had the pants off and diaper open before I realized it was the same child. Your doing a great job. It does get easier. Love Mom Curtis