The words of my mouth

My days are pretty similar to one another — seven days a week.  The majority of the time, I like the predictability of my life.  I find it safe and reassuring.  Every so often, I long for something to break up the monotony.  (And then usually I long for it to be predictable again!)  Along with doing many of the same things over and over everyday, I also tend to say and think many of the same things daily or at least a few times a week.  Here’s what this mama says or thinks a lot.  What about you?

1. “What do you have in your mouth?” — I knew when my daughter didn’t put things in her mouth very often that I’d pay for that in my second child.  Though he’s starting to get a bit better about it, I still have to watch my 1-year-old very closely.  I’ve pulled out foam stickers, pieces of paper, lint and plastic coins.

2. “That’s for Drake to eat, not Buckles.”  — This happens almost every single mealtime.  In between the birth our two children, the dog has learned that kids drop food frequently.  He hangs out around Drake’s highchair way more than he did Lexiana’s.  And Drake loves to feed him.  He’s even used his sign for “eat” to ask for more food just for the dog.

3. “Put away your markers/crayons/puzzles/papers, so we can have room to eat.”  — My daughter almost always has some sort of project going on our kitchen table.  And she often struggles to remember to put these things away when she’s finished with them since she likes to come back to them throughout the day.

4. “Go to the bathroom.”  — It’s part of the checklist before we leave the house.

5. “Why do they need to eat three times a day, every single day?” — This is an internal thought.  I love taking care of my family and making food for them a lot of the times.  But sometimes I get weary of constantly feeling like I’m in the kitchen making so many different meals so many different times of day and figuring out what they’ll eat and how to get in their veggies and fruits and healthy proteins and dairy and… you get it.

6. “No, no, no!  You can’t play in the dog’s water dish.” — I say this a lot.  Many times, I end up putting said water and food dishes up high away from the poor dog, but also away from the baby.  I can’t tell you how many toys have bathed in the dog’s water bowl.

7. “Give me a minute to __________, then I can help you.”  — My 4-year-old is smart and observant, but somehow she insists on asking for help right as she sees me doing something, so I say this a lot.  Give me a minute to go to the bathroom, let the dog out, get the baby down for a nap, make your lunch — the list goes on and on — and then I can help open your water, look at what you colored, help you get the sticker that’s tearing and on it goes.

8. “Don’t take it personally; he’s just a baby.” — This thought comes up more with the baby boy than the girl.  I have to often remind myself that things like  him throwing his food on the floor isn’t a vendetta against me.  He’s just being a baby.

9. “You have a million toys in this house, I’m sure you can find something to do.” — My daughter can entertain herself, unless I need her to.  I get asked many times a day, “What can I do?”  I plan activities.  I have suggestions.  But, I get tired.  And I get tired of having suggestions shot down.  So, this is what I say a few times a week at least.

10. “Be careful” and “Are you OK?” — My daughter has inherited my ability to do things without paying attention and noticing that she might about to hurt herself.  In fact, as I’m typing this, she just fell out of her chair.

11. “Will I ever get out of this house again?” — Between the winter weather, two small children and various colds and such, sometimes I don’t think I”ll ever leave again.  Even this introverted homebody can get cabin fever.

12. “Stop fighting me!  I’m just trying to take care of you!” — Sometimes this is internal and sometimes it’s out loud.  But, dang, it’s often frustrating that all I’m trying to do is take care of the kiddos by changing  a diaper, making them food, giving them medicine, changing their clothes or whatever and all they do is fight me.  Let’s not even get started on the baby boy’s recent diaper changes.  I have to pin the dude down with my body half the time to even get him changed.  Stop fighting me!  I’m not trying to hurt or maim you.  I’m trying to take care of you!  (Hhhmmmmm.  This may be a sore spot right now.  I feel like a good portion of my day is spent engaging in some sort of battle with one or both of them.  Not to mention the dog.)

13. “If you wake the baby up for his nap, I can’t be held responsible for what I say or do.” — This applies many times to my dog and his barking.  But it can also apply to the UPS guy or the girl child who forgets everything she knows about inside voices during naptime.  (And before you get up in arms, please know that in no way would I ever harm my child, dog or the poor UPS guy physically or verbally.  I’m only pointing out the frustration I feel when the boy is finally asleep and someone threatens to ruin that.)

14. “Babies are weird.” — This is usually when my son is doing something silly like crawling with his face in the carpet or standing on his feet while planting his head in the ground.  It’s weird.  And it’s adorable.

15. “Man, they’re cute.” — This can apply to one or both of my children, my husband and/or my dog.  Because, seriously, I have the cutest family.

16. “I see what you’re doing.” — My daughter asks me every five minutes to watch what she’s doing, even if I’m clearing already watching what she’s doing.  I say this a lot.

17. “Calm down.  Breakfast/lunch/dinner is almost ready.” — Usually this applies to the baby boy.  He has no patience when it comes to waiting for food.  Occasionally this applies to the preschooler, too.

18. “Sit on your bottom and eat your food.”  — My daughter is one of the slowest eaters on the planet.  This is due in part to her wanting to be a part of everything all the time.

19. “Do you need a kleenex?” — Of late, I’ve said this many times thanks to the cold that’s been making its rounds in our house.  I think we’re finally about all through with it.

20. “Buckles, you don’t need to go out.  You just came in.”  — The poor dog hears this a lot.  Since the toddler has to be shut out of the bedrooms and usually the living room, then the dog’s favorite snoozing spots are blocked off from him as well.  He much prefers to be outside and out of the fray, yet he still wants to know what’s going on.  Letting him in and out every five minutes gets a bit old.

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