Welcome to another Mommy Moment! If you’re not sure what it is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be. Today, I am excited to welcome one of my biggest blog crushes: Melissa from Momcomm!
Melissa is a mom of 2 little boys (you can read about her parenting adventures at Adventuroo), a wife, and a blogging/social media maven. Seriously, she is one of my bloggy idols and I’ve learned more from her than I could ever share! I couldn’t wait to have her share a Mommy Moment here!
Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!
Two year olds. Oh two year olds.
The other day I found myself lamenting Little Roo’s age. We’re in a phase of:
“No, I do it.”
“Why, mom?” (yes, this is already starting)
“I want candy. Canddyyyyyyyy.” (damn you, candy-centered holidays).
And tantrums. Enough said.
While my five year old doesn’t need constant tending to, it feels like my two year old does. Fill up the sippy cup, change a diaper, chase him up the stairs so he doesn’t get his pacie (they stay in his crib since the pacie fairy is coming soon), monitor him coming down the stairs since he thinks walking ON the railing is amusing, catching food he throws at dinner, convincing him that vegetables are yum and on and on and on.
It’s so flat-out exhausting.
Part of me thinks things like “I can’t wait until he’s a little bit older so he can…” Or “two is the worst age EVAH.” I picture days when he can get out of the car by himself, not need diapers and all that “older kid stuff.”
But then, THEN…
I listen as he soaks up new words, making just about everything I say into a question back at me. I tell him “we’re going to Target” and he sweetly responds, “Going to Target, Mom?”
I smile as his little voice pronounces noodle more like noo-ol.
I watch as he experiences the pure, wide-eyed elation of his first little train ride at our nearby park.
I feel his drowsy little head rest on my shoulder when I pull him from the crib after his afternoon nap.
And I laugh. Laugh at the things he says, the things he does and the fact that he’ll mock any silly thing we ask him say no questions asked.
I mean how funny is it for a two year old to go around going “Dun na na na na na na na Batman!” Or that when he grabs Daddy’s safety glasses we tell him to say “Stop. Hammertime!”
Now THAT is hysterical.
His little mind is so malleable. He isn’t embarrassed yet that his mama is referencing 90s rap stars. Or 70s sitcoms. He’s not rolling his eyes at me. Yet.
Instead, he’s laughing, learning… and giving us quite the chuckle.
Maybe two isn’t so bad after all.
Melissa Culbertson is a mom, marketing communications consultant and blogger. She’s also the proud author of the DIY Blog Critique and creator of Content Brew, an online blogging course about content planning and endless idea creation. She runs two blogs: Momcomm, where she offers tips on blogging and social media, and Adventuroo, her personal blog about capturing the everyday.
Seriously, it’s like we are living the same life! But with two year olds it’s double the
exhaustion and exasperation fun! I love, LOVE watching my girls learn and explore the world around them – it’s amazing to once again see it all through the eyes of a child. It makes all the work worth it.
There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.
Now head over to Momcomm and say hello to Melissa. If you are a Twitter addict, you can find her there, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest, too! And if you are a new follower, make sure to tell her that I sent you!