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February 9th, 2009

Over the weekend I had to make a dessert for a dinner party we were attending, and decided that I needed to use the fabulous min-bundt pans that we got as a wedding gift so long ago.   The pans in question were packed somewhere in the twenty-some-odd boxes that we have still not unpacked from our move and move back this past October.   These boxes are in our garage, up a hill nearly 100 feet from the house.   I looked at Kenny and Cooper playing on the rug.   Hm.   And hm.

“Hey Kenny!   Can you play with Cooper while Mommy goes to the garage to look for something?”

“I want to come with you!”

“Well, if you can play with Cooper the whole time while I’m gone, you can watch Clifford on the computer.”


So I put Cooper in his little activity chair and gave Kenny very specific instructions (don’t give him any other toys, stand next to him the whole time, etc) and I ran to the garage, Dudley close behind.   I ransacked through three boxes and found the pan and ran back into the house.   I was gone for four minutes.   Kenny and Cooper looked exactly like I left them.   Whew.   Not that I’m going to do that again any time soon, but looking back I guess it is a little risky to ask a three year old to watch a seven month old, even for four minutes, right?

It got me thinking of all the things I do now that three years ago I would have sworn I’d never do.     So play along… have you ever:

Asked a pre-schooler to “watch” a younger sibling for a minute?

Reasoned that cookie dough is no worse than a donut for breakfast?

Let your kids color the shower door with dry erase marker just so you could know where they were when you took a shower?

Wiped spit up off the hardwood floor with your sock and figured that it was just as good as going to get a rag?

Opened a box of cookies in the grocery store just to make it out of there without a munchkin meltdown?

Laughed along with your baby as the dog licked his face, then wiped the slime off with the sleeve of your shirt?

Fallen asleep in bed while trying to put your kid down for a nap?

Fallen asleep on the floor while trying to play with your kid?

Gotten so used to spelling in front of your kid that instead you spell something to your kid in front of your husband?

Wondered if someday there are going to be group therapy sessions for “Children of Mommy Bloggers?”

Ok, readers: tell me your score and write a question for me of your own!


  1. Aunt Syl says

    I imagine that all mom’s have done these things – except the blogging for us old folks, because blogging hadn’t arrived back then. How about put your toddler in a swim suit for underwear because you are too tired to do the wash; and one that is practiced all over the world – the 5 second rule; pick up the dropped food, lollipop, pacifier, etc, and blow on it before handing it to the kid!
    I love you,
    Aunt Syl

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  2. Mel says

    I can relate!!!

    Once we were in the store with my then 14 month old, he was eating his goldfish quietly and behaving when all of a sudden he dumped them all out on the floor. I spent a few minutes in serious contemplation on whether I should “rescue” them or just deal with the upset toddler. Let me tell you those floors weren’t clean.

    My husband falls asleep in our sons room all the time when he’s trying to get him to fall back to sleep after a bad dream or whatever woke him up at 3am.

    I have many more horror stories, but I think that’s good for now! HA!

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  3. I would be your friend says

    🙄 Imagine this, your husband is at work about twenty minutes away and your three year old shuts the bedroom door on your eighteen month olds fingers’, they are stuck in the closed door. Not knowing what to do, the call goes out to your husband, who hears the screaming and heads home ( makes the twenty minute trip in ten), no cell phone, arrives, the fingers had been released, now flat but not broken, cry’s turn to smiles all around, and ice cream is the plan. And oh yea, the one at home was a trauma nurse.

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  4. deb says

    Don’t be so hard on yourself… my oldest is 20 and I’m still surprised at how quickly my best intentions get overruled . I have fallen asleep reading and had the 10 year old lock up the cars and house while hubby is out of town. Realized that I can wear pj’s to drive in the am for drop offs, walk the dog, and in the pm for late pick ups. The girls all fish from a common sock basket , the ceramic tiles in our showers are bleached out from applying cleaners and forgetting ’til the next day etc. Gotta go , must go out to the cabana to get a pool towel to use for my shower…

    February 10th, 2009 | #

  5. Sophie says

    haha so cool! hey can i be your friend on FB? i saw your post “popular.” FUNNYY! i have a 15 month old daughter…my score: 100% HAHA!

    February 10th, 2009 | #

  6. Lisa says

    Hi…I have been a follower of your blog for a while now and I just love it! I have two boys – three and nine months and many of your stories hit so close to home for me…especially this last one, I have found myself frequently asking my toddler to watch the baby!

    February 10th, 2009 | #

  7. Christy says

    I never thought about it before but I bet you’re right-their probably WILL be support groups for kids of Mommy Bloggers. Hopefully they don’t turn out like child stars on TV!!!

    February 10th, 2009 | #

  8. Mary B. says

    The answer is YES!!!

    The questions are

    Have you ever fallen asleep with your boob hanging out because at some point you must have been breast feeding your baby and have NO IDEA how long you have been out?

    Have you ever let your cat watch your baby (just for a second??)

    Have you ever found yourself singing a catchy tune that you can’t quite place and realize that it is a ditty from the Fox and the Hound that is on your Country Sings Disney CD?

    Have you ever gone your whole day without realizing that a child who needed comfort left a snot trail down your shoulder?

    Wiped your baby’s bum with a wet paper towel because you could have SWORN that you bought a box of wipes at the store?

    Put your baby in swim diapers because you could have SWORN that you bought more diapers at the store? (They leak really bad by the way, don’t do this)

    February 11th, 2009 | #

  9. Kimberly says

    😆 great post!

    February 12th, 2009 | #

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