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The nice thing about having a big family is that as I watch my older girls become more and more independent and just so ridiculously big, it helps me to appreciate the wonderment and magic of toddlerhood.

Which would be a real gift if my 3 year-old son wasn’t making me so crazy all the time. My son’s idea of independent play is independently saying “I’m hungry” a 1,000 times a day. So I simply explain….

“No one can eat 3 pancakes, a yogurt, applesauce, a cheese stick, and a bowl of cereal and be hungry. Do you have toys?”

“I have toys,” Chase confirms.

I knew he had toys.

“Do you know where they are?”


“If you don’t go play with them right now, I will throw them away.”

And then he scurries off to play with them for 45 seconds which apparently whips up his appetite again.

When it comes to naps and bedtime, he comes out of his room over and over again to complain about phantom stomach aches, unacceptable dinosaur sheets and hot pajamas.

And this is also a boy who will eat his entire dessert and then proclaim that he did not like it at all and throw a tantrum because I won’t give him another more acceptable dessert.

The 3-year-old mind is an intriguing place.

my parents are exhausted t shirt

I look at my older girls (7 and 9) who seem to be moving further and further from me way too quickly and I plead with myself to enjoy my 3-year-old boy who adores books, loves magic and will say things to me like, “If this was my house and I was you, I would totally let me eat this candy cane right now.”

He is so loveable and frustrating and I know that someday he will make his own snacks, sleep for too long and be far too busy with his iWhatever to notice me.

So I try not to yell (too much), and appreciate his deep commitment to jumping and flying through the air whenever he sees the opportunity. There are lots of opportunities.

And at night, when he is finally asleep, I brush his strawberry bangs to the side and kiss his sweet lips and whisper, “God, I love you so much when you are sleeping.”

chase sleeping

18 Responses to chase’s parents are exhausted

  • Jessica says:

    This is so my 2.5 year old! It is all day long and up until bed. As much as I adore her sweetness and hilarious humor, I have to remind myself as well not to wish toddlerhood away. Especially since she is my last.
    Best wishes to you.

  • Honest Mum says:

    Bless him! I’m sure you don’t give him a lot of sugar but I’ve found since limiting it and also turning to low Gi food so no white carbs, Oliver is full for longer and has more energy, fewer mood swings…in case it might help. He is adorable!

  • I so get this!!! The bunny talks constantly and some days it could make me cry, but I love it because she loves to talk to her mommy, and that’s something I will cling to when she’s too busy on her iWhatever in later years.
    He is a beautiful boy, and his independent streak will serve him well in later life. You must be bursting with pride.

  • beachgirl says:

    He is SO cute and its all so true. I have a daughter and a son. My son does my head in and explodes my heart all in the same minute…exhausting but adorable..lucky for them they have the adorable thing down or they would be in a whole lot of trouble. LOVE his t shirt!

  • Rosellen says:

    Wait into he turns 14 and ignores you, which is not unusual for boys. Enjoy the little pest while he still talks to you.

  • Regan says:

    For the love of God, that boy is darling…and I, too have the same issues with tasty, yet unsatisfactory desserts. I feel his pain.

  • jennifer says:

    yes…. those toddlers… and preschoolers for that matter are hard to reason with. but so sweet. and often for the same reasons that they are so hard to deal with. oh, and i love your new picture… of you and cash. talk about sweet!

  • Charlene says:

    Chase is adorable. Little boys are bottomless pits. I have a nine year old that I can attest to it. Stock up on the good stuff and enjoy the ride.

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