often times i find myself surprised by the things i've observed and learned as a mom. i thought i would periodically share these bits of wisdom with you guys:
1. i used to get very annoyed at JJ for using so many wipes during each diaper change. like guy, come on, you don't need 6 wipes for one clean, hard log of a turd. but i've really turned over a new leaf regarding this judgmental thinking. it's like come on, L. wipes cost $3/pack. use as many wipes as you think you need to get that little butthole nice and tidy. #worthit
2. if i offer Gemma a specific snack, she will say no and request something else. if i want her to eat that specific snack, all i have to do is to eat it first. scenario goes like this:
Gemma: "Mama please can i have a snack?"
me: "Yes! OK, do you want a cheese stick?"
Gemma: "no. i want jellybeans."
me: "you cannot have jellybeans."
Gemma: *acts like life is over*
10 minutes later, we are rushing out of the house because we are late and also i didn't have time to eat breakfast. so i grab 2 cheese sticks and leave.
in the car, i open the package to the first cheese stick.
Gemma, whose ears can hear the opening of any plastic wrapper within a 5-mile radius: "what's dat Mama?"
me: "it's a cheese stick."
Gemma: "MAMA I WANTED A CHEESE STICK PLEASE. OH PLEASE, MAMA." *sobs*
clever and quick me, pulls out second cheese stick: "here you go, darling."
3. sometimes...sometimes a successful day's work means you resisted the urge to lock the 2-year-old outside in the rain and smile a very satisfied and smug smile from inside.
4. using the phrase/kind-of-lie, "maybe not today, maybe tomorrow" is the best response to the ridiculous requests Gemma makes on the daily (i.e. "mommy let's buy those black cookies!" *points at oreos in costco*) it's perfect because it keeps her from throwing a fit by filling her with (false) hope that the costco-sized oreos will be coming home with us another day soon. except i think she's caught on to the phrase/kind-of-lie's purpose of distracting the requestor with ambiguity. because now when i ask her to clean up her toys or get into the bath, she says, "ummm maybe not today, mommy."
6. "it's just a phase" is my favorite affirmation. it has calmed me during many panic-stricken moments. it really does apply to just about any situation...from Beau's sleepless nights to that one time when Gemma tried to bite off Beau's pinky finger and i was afraid that meant she was going to turn into a serial killer.