I adore my children. They are my everything. My world. My 24/7. Even when I’m having a “me” day, I’m still thinking about them.
But there are some things these tiny, adorable creatures of mine do, that make me want to hit my head against the wall repeatedly until I get the sweet relief of unconsciousness.
As irritating as some of their actions are, I know that one day, they’ll be replaced with different annoyances that will make me long for the simpler days of toddler-hood.
Some things my kids do that irritate
the shit out of me, that I will miss one day:
1. “Why?” Right now the word “why?” Is the bane of my existence. It’s not only the amount of times per hour that I hear it, it’s also the tone in which its used. I can’t describe it well enough to properly convey why it’s so annoying. Just know, it’s used in the exact same way every time, and it seems as if the kid is saying it just to bug me.
However, when she stops asking questions about every single thing in sight, I’ll be sad because that means she realized mommy doesn’t know everything there is to know. And she will seek her answers elsewhere.
2. “Help” me cook. I love a good helper as much as the next guy, but when helping me cook means sit between my feet while I try to get around the kitchen, I want to just give up and order take-out.
On the other hand, the time will come when I will be begging them to help out with dinner and they will be too busy with their teenage selves to be bothered.
3. Story-time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE story-time. The only thing that wears on me though, goes back to number one. I appreciate the curiosity and thirst for knowledge, but when it’s bedtime and I’m trying to get through the same story we’ve read for the last month, I want to do just that, read the
That said, when story-time is no longer a “thing” in my house, I will remember it fondly and wonder how it went by so quickly, (while crying myself to sleep).
4. They take my stuff. For some reason the food on my plate tastes better. The water from my water bottle is more refreshing. And my brush is much, much cooler.
5. Barge in on me while I’m taking a bath. A bath just isn’t relaxing when you have a toddler chatting you up asking if you want their favorite bath toy.
I just want some privacy. A moment or two alone is all I need. But no, they have to come in to see me, because they need me every single second of every single day. Even if it’s just to see that I’m still here, they have to check to make sure.
As irritating as that is, there is nothing sweeter. They love me, and not only are they my everything, I am their everything. That certainly won’t last forever (on their end).
6. Fight for my attention. It usually happens when I really need a breather. You know, when it’s already been a really long day and the only way you are keeping your cool is because you’re envisioning yourself taking a nap on the beach… Whether they’re yelling for my attention at the same time or physically hurting each other to get to me first, this one makes me want to hide in the closet.
But one day, they won’t care who has my attention because they will be off at the movies with their friends. Sigh.
7. Waking in the middle of the night or waking up way too early (for reference, that means anytime before 7 am). I am so very tired. All the time. My youngest still wakes up at least once a night, then he’s up at dawn. Sleep deprivation does some crazy shit to you.
However, no matter how often my eyes are burning from lack of sleep, I still know that I will miss these days. The middle of the night cuddles. The one on one time in the morning. It’s all priceless and so very precious. Either that, or I’m so tired I don’t know what I like or dislike.
Now, just because I’m able to see the sweeter side of these ridiculous, annoying habits of theirs, doesn’t mean they are any less ridiculous and annoying. It just means I can appreciate what’s behind their actions and know they aren’t actively trying to make me go insane on purpose. They’re being toddlers and they just want to know everything there is to know about the world by existing as close to me as possible.
What have I missed? What makes you nuts right now that you’re sure you’ll miss later?