Mommy Moment – Tracy Style

That’s right! It’s time for another Mommy Moment at the Monster! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

So let’s welcome Tracy from It Builds Character! Tracy is a mommy to two, two and under…I feel her pain! Raising little ones so close in age is crazy hard, and in her free time (ha ha) she writes, loves music, and my all-time favorite – she loves wine! She is one of the sweetest people in blog land, and I’m happy to call her my friend. I got to meet her in real life at BlogHer in August, and it was like meeting with an old friend.

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!


I am currently immersed in the universe of all things toddlers. My kids are one and almost three, and my days are filled with endless chasing and chatter.

My daughter, my eldest, was verbal very early. I loved how quickly she picked up words, even on the days I felt like a labeling machine. She has an intense curiosity about the world around her that makes me proud.

Her questions flow easily (read: incessantly). She is learning the nuances behind emotions and words.

Just as she started the terrible twos at 18 months, we’ve now begun the terrifying threes a tad early as well. As a daughter who is a mirror of her mother, she is stubborn. Defiant. Rash. Push, push, push.

Often frustrated with boundaries (and her brother), she is trying on her “big girl” voice. The other day, she stood in the middle of our living room, fists clenched and yelling in her tiny munchkin voice, “No, Mommy! I’m maaaaaaad,” all the while shaking her head wildly. I have my own miniature Incredible Hulk.

As much time as we spend clashing these days, Abby is also learning the impact of small kindnesses, both in language and through touch.

Today while carrying her to the car amidst a hectic morning, I said, “Sorry, kid, you’re stuck with me today.”

Her words stopped me: “No, Mommy. I not stuck with you. I so happy with you” – Topped with a hug and a kiss.

I gave myself a moment for that extra snuggle.


Thank you for sharing this moment Tracy! Those kind of moments are make all the hardwork SO worth it. Those are the moments that float around in your head forever, and make you realize how amazing it is to be a mom.

By you sharing your Mommy Moment with us, you are reminding us all that those unexpected gifts are children give us are priceless, and special beyond any words we can give them.

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 Tracy’s place It Builds Character and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you!


  1. Thanks so much for being a wonderful host, Natalie! So excited to be here. So glad we got to meet "live" at BlogHer!
  2. I just "awwww-ed" out loud. what a sweet girl.
  3. That is freaking adorable! We also have a daughter who is not at all afraid to voice how she feels. At as loud a volume as possible :P
  4. Oh, that is so sweet. Your Abby and my Abbey sound pretty similar. Lots of yikes, but lots of perfect moments like that as well :)
  5. When they say something that melts your heart, its like all is forgotten! So sweet!
  6. Aw! I love moments like that. They're especially sweet when we're running around frantic.
  7. Oh, that's so sweet! Just when I want to sell my kids to the gypsies, they manage to say something sweet.
  8. Tracy - so neat to see you here! I love this story. 3 year olds (or close to 3, even) - the love and the fury all at once!
  9. Awe. I wish I could have taped comments like that and used them now with my 16 year old daughter. She's still "maaaaaaaaaaaad". LoL
  10. I'm melting from the sweetness! It's like kids just *know* when to say the right thing, you know? :)
  11. This is adorable!! The talent little ones have to say just the right things, at just the right time is amazing!!