Monday, February 11, 2008

I Never

Andrea has done some really great "I never" posts, mostly centering around all those things you say you will never do when you have kids. I was reminded of her words recently when, upon telling Jonathan we were taking him to a dinner party, he insisted that he needed to wear a party hat. So he wore an Elmo birthday party hat that evening to our friend's house. The next day, though, he insisted that he wear it through breakfast and then, continuing on the theme, to the grocery store while also insisting that he continue wearing his pajamas. I used to see kids dressed like that before having one of my own and wonder what in the world their parents were thinking. Now I know it's a battle they did not want to fight and now I AM ONE OF THEM.

Here is a taste of what he looked like at the grocery. In all fairness, it was Wal-mart on a Sunday morning so he didn't really stand out:

Yup, throw on a LL Bean barn jacket and there you have it. Oh, and a package of mini powered doughnuts. It made me think back to the first year of Jonathan's life, when I was certain that he would be a healthy eater, sure that he would not be one of those kids who only eat chicken nuggets. I actually scoured every jar of baby food for hidden sugars. Looking back on the poor innocent new mother I was, I chuckle. Now, it's PB&J, hot dog and chicken nugget central at our house. And when we're shopping, all bets are off. I'd rather give him a dose of good old red dye and high fructose corn syrup than have a screaming monster in my cart. Life with a two year old has definitely changed my ideals!

Coming soon, to celebrate my 100th post (just a few away!), I am giving away a treat courtesy of my lovely and crafty husband. It's pretty awesome, so stay tuned!


Neurotic Att'y said...

I would have laughed hysterically if I had seen you pushing him around in Wal-Mart with an Elmo birthday hat on his head! Kids get into the weirdest kicks sometimes.

Shana-Lynn said...

This is so funny! I sure am glad I wasn't the only "innocent new mother" checking all the labels for hidden sugar etc. and now getting totally defeated by my 2 year old. I feel so much better now, thanks for posting this!! Seriously!!!

Twin Mommy Law Chick said...

Right now I'm trying to peel Emma out of the princess costume she insists on wearing over her clothes or sometimes alone I have at least talked her out of wearing it in public, but only because she's a clothes horse and I'll let her pick alternate clothing.

I feel your pain...sometimes you just give in to keep the peace. And I'm pretty sure that sometimes my kids will turn into a french fry.

Janice said...

Oh my gosh, I can sooooo relate! I really just have to pick my battles when it comes to raising my two year old. I used to be the same way as you wondering what the heck parents were thinking when they dressed their children up to go to out somewhere. Now that I have my own kids, I could care less what they have on, as long as they're bundled up during winter time, I am good to go.

And as for chicken nuggets and hot dogs - I say AMEN to those because without them my kids would probably starve to death -that's all they eat! ;-P

Susie PSU said...

I was a nugget and fry mom until Molly hit 3 or so, and then I got tired of cooking two dinners! Now, they pretty much eat whatever we eat, except for chili and mashed potato. Life DOES get easier, hang in there!