Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Kids 'make you' say the darndest things...

Posted by Mandy at 8:46 PM

I so vividly remember the days, before I was a mother, even after I was a mother, but before I was the mother of a toddler, when I thought to myself oh so often, "I'll never say, or do, THAT." Don't we all have those memories? I never thought I'd repeat the phrases I hated so much from my own parents. I catch myself saying those same phrases now. Just Sunday at church, I said to Madison, "Stop rocking that chair back or it's going to fall over." How many times did I roll my eyes as my own mother said that to me? Or how about, "Carter, stop running with that stick!" Or, my new favorite, "Go out or come in but close that door!" Even the one I hated probably the most of them all... "because I said so.." UGH... how aggrivating is that one? I also find myself becoming "that" mother more and more though. The picture I put on here, I picked because it makes me laugh and think "My gosh I love them!" I never could understand how someone could be excited over a baby rolling over, eating solids, or standing alone much less why it was thrilling for a child to say "mamma" (they all learn to talk eventually...) or to say "I love you." These are, in general, everyday events. Even childbirth in itself is no big deal if you think about the headcount.. it happens every single day, just like anything else. Or so you might think before it happens to you. People always talk about the gift of children.. but you really can't understand that until you're granted that gift. Why DOES it make us so excited when our newborn first smiles at us? Did we think he or she wouldn't? Did we think our kid would end up the smileless wonder? I'll never forget my squeel of delight and giggle and "get the camera!" responce to both Madison's and Carter's first smiles. It just melts you doesn't it? Everything they do can melt you if you really ponder it. It gets harder as they get older sometimes to really stop and think about how wonderful they are... but they ARE wonderful. Sweet, silly, innocent... and the fact that they think we, their parents, are the most fantastic thing on the planet makes it even more powerful. Madison's new phrase is, "Mommy, guess how much I love you." "How much, Madison?" "One hundred and ten!" (she's 5.. that's almost an unimaginable number to her! lol) My favorite part of that phrase is..."Daddy, guess how much I love you?" "How much?" "One hundred and nine!" That's mommy's girl!

7 comments:

K.T. on Thursday, 14 December, 2006 said...

I myself have been repeating alot of such phrases here recently....Funny post and heartwarming too.Great Job!

Brandy on Thursday, 14 December, 2006 said...

that's right, madison! ALWAYS love mommy more! :) i love it..."one hundrend ten"...too cute!

Lee Ann James on Friday, 15 December, 2006 said...

the smileless wonder...that's funny! For some reason, that just made me laugh until I cried!

Mandy on Friday, 15 December, 2006 said...

lol happy to be of service LA! :)

Suzanne on Saturday, 16 December, 2006 said...

ok, now, where are the cute pics of our kids?! i drove down there, i deserve a post, darn it!!

Mandy on Saturday, 16 December, 2006 said...

lol hold your horses, woman! Clayton has the digi. camera with him.. I promise to TRY to remember to download those pics and dedicate an entire post to you tomorrow. ;)

Rosie on Wednesday, 20 December, 2006 said...

Hey Mandy! Yeah, I am sorry that the card was not more personalized, but I should be sending out a little more detailed update on us soon! I just am really doing good to even get cards out this christmas time! :) But we think about yall alot and wanted yall to know we were thinking about you this season.

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