11 Odd Ways My Toddler Says I Love You
These days, my daughter has a unique way of telling me how much she loves me. Really really really unique. So in good humor for a Monday in summer, I bring you my past week in grand toddler fashion. 11 Odd Ways My Toddler Says I Love You. Oh….number 6 All. The. Time!
1. The “what-died-in-your-mouth-overnight” sloppy kiss in the morning
Morning toddler breath. Oh to sleep like she does! That wide open bullfrog gaping hole begging for you to toss M&M’s in…sigh that is a good night’s sleep. And that greeting in the morning with a stench that could kill a rose, it definitely says LOVE.
2. Sharing her half slobbered bite of food
Nothing says love like a toddler that shares their most favorite food in the world. Nothing. And this week, it’s raisins. So when you’re eating breakfast and your child decides mid chew to share her most prized food with you, yeah….you eat it. There’s definitely something about that extra slobber seasoning 🙂
3. Trying to bite your hand only three times while brushing teeth
So kind. Some days she’s worse than a dog
4. The walk of shame from the corner
These days my daughter knows the corner on a first name basis. She’s testing, testing testing those boundaries. She now knows the difference between right and wrong. .So when she’s dragging her feet, head down as she ever so slowly makes her way over for the inevitable “I’m sorry, Mommy,” I can tell. This girl loves me enough to make that walk of shame.
5. She booty shakes the victory potty dance with me
Potty training a 2 and a half year old is a job within itself. Staying on top of all of those small victories can be overwhelming. But when she’s so proud because I’m so proud, there’s no smile ever brighter. Our potty dance is one of true love, folks. With steps all our own.
6. She lets me know the hard truths no one else will tell me
Like pointing out the gray hairs. Or playing with my belly fat. Or trying to touch that new zit. Real love, real love.
7. She “helps” me do work
She’s really good at shuffling paper. Too good. So good that I can never find that paper that she shuffles. Anyone want to hire her?
8. She feel relaxed enough to “Let It Go”…on my face
Ever had a toddler fart in your face? Yup, that was my morning this week.
9. She lays quiet and still across a dirty outdoor bin so I can quickly change her poop swim diaper AT swim class.
We missed the water by a mere few inches. As the instructor picked my girl for her turn at swim class, my daughter decided to “relieve herself” or what I like to call “stick it to the teacher.” GROAN. Clean up aisle 7. A stern look was all it took to let my daughter know that I was NOT happy about this. We’ve had many talks about pooping in the pool (yes, a weird conversation topic, but still!).
10. She holds back tears as I hold her gushing chin
Go Go Gadget arm! Gushing blood and in need of stitches, I have a whole new meaning to the word TIMBER. Yes, this past week my daughter took the ultimate plunge at the end of swim class. Wrapped in a towel, about to obtain her prized lollipop, the unthinkable happens. She tripped and fell right on the concrete. BOOM. And with horrific events that followed, I scooped and held that chin from the pool all the way to the clinic. I should add “can hold a head wound while driving” to my list of amazing attributes.
11. She strokes my hair (pulling out some strands) as I lay exhausted on the couch
Yep, it’s been a whirlwind of a week. From stitches to poop adventures my baby girl and I have definitely had our exchange of words and then some. But it’s moments like these, the ones that don’t require words when I can really tell that this beautiful girl is all mine. No other parent would be able to pick out all of her subtle “I love yous” like I can.