My daughter has reached the amazing age of 4, well almost 4-1/2 because at her age that ‘½’ is EXTREMELY important. Four has brought on a whole new world of parenting that I really couldn’t wait for and am so glad has arrived. Don’t get me wrong, there are the usual moments of being convinced my hair is going to turn gray by the time I’m 30. Or wanting to run away to an island all by myself with a LARGE bottle of wine or, better yet, a 24 hour open bar with all my favorites. But when I’m not having those moments I’m thoroughly enjoying all of the little memories my daughter is making for me.
Most recently, her lovely sass and attitude has started shining its way through like the North Star. Along with it has come some knee slapping sayings that only a 4 (and a ½) year old could get away with saying.
“Mommy, you’re a cougar!” …this was said while walking down the hall of her school one evening at pick-up. Thank GOD there was no one else around because not only would it have been mortifying to have someone hear her say those words, it would have been pretty embarrassing for them to see me almost pee my pants laughing. Yes, I am older than my boyfriend…by 9 months! I’m pretty sure this doesn’t constitute as being a cougar; if so than props to me! And I’m pretty sure (hoping) that a 4 year old has no idea what “being a cougar” actually means, so I’m chalking this one up to her learning about animals that day.
“Mommy, you need to shave you your legs!”…this was said while laying with her at 2am one morning desperately trying to get her fall back to sleep for the 5th time that night. “You’re prickly!” Well, thank you for the reminder that I’ve been in such a sleep deprived haze for the past 4 weeks that I’ve tried gaining every extra minute of sleep I possibly can, thus leaving me with not nearly enough time to put any effort into myself, including shaving my legs. Needless to say, I shaved that morning!
“You’re driving me nuts!”….Okay, this one I’ll take 100% responsibility for her learning. At the times I’ve said it to her it was better than the words that actually ran through my head. Unfortunately, it’s now become her FAVORITE thing to say to me when we are arguing about getting dressed, brushing her teeth, getting ready for bed, eating her dinner…the list goes on and on. I suppose her saying this to me is better than some of the alternatives she could use or do to express her frustration. And although it is usually full of extreme sass and attitude, I appreciate that she verbalizes her feelings to me so we can work through them together.
Then there was the time she gave me a 5 minute lecture on how I need to let my boyfriend get my mail and help me do things when we are together. The back story on this one could be a blog post in itself so to keep it short and sweet, I take on WAY too much for 1 person WAY too often. I’m an independent, stubborn minded women who has spent the past 10 years of her life taking care of pretty much everything on her own and making it all work. I now have an amazing boyfriend who tries like hell to get me to sit down, relax and share the responsibilities (without much success most times). Apparently, my 4 year old has picked up on all of this and decided it was time to give me a stern talking to about it all….thank you for that Boo-Boo!!! Thanks for looking out for Mommy.
The age of 4 has brought on so many amazing laughable moments that I am so glad I get to store away and look back on. I can’t wait to keep adding more to my stash in the years to come.
What’s your favorite knee slapping Mom moment?