Much Ado Monday : When Your 4-Year-Old Fakes You Out

Much Ado Monday : When Your 4-Year-Old Fakes You Out

The Boy’s getting back on the bus this morning–off to get all educated and stuff after a week of play dates, outings, and semi-junk food {thank you, February vacation} and I’m shifting back into my normal, everyday routine.

It’s gonna take some time, though. I forgot what it’s like to have the house to myself and complete a thought without interruption, so for this Much Ado Monday, I’m pulling out and dusting off one of my very first posts from 2010, back when The Boy was 4 and I was lucky if two other souls {not including my aunt} were reading tll.

Actually, I’m still lucky if that happens, so thanks to all of you who read, and especially to those who comment and say hello.

Just love you guys.

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One random day earlier this month–after a very long and trying afternoon–Matthew and I were finally getting into a solid groove by the time the just-before-bed routine rolled around. I finished up dinner, got the little man into the shower off the kitchen, and straightened up the war zone that had become my house just a few hours earlier, throwing every kind of toy and book into the nearest appropriate basket, bin or box.

I let him play his customary write-a-story-on-the-shower-door-with-a-squirt-gun game for a few minutes before I ventured in to shampoo, soap, and rinse.

Water off.

I wrapped The Boy in a towel, and while I carried him upstairs to his room, he requested that for the remainder of the evening, I refer to him as a troll.

Ah, okay. 

So I powdered the troll, put on his jammies, and let him watch a show, then brought him back into his room for some quiet time.

We most likely read some sort of brainwashing material about staying in his own bed all night (Back to Bed, Ed by Sebastien Braun is a new favorite), played a little bit, and then I tucked him in. He smelled so sweet, and his face was cuter-than-cute that night: eyes a soft green and his little brown hair all fluffy from the shower. He looked up at me and said “Mom, sing me a lullaby.”

Seriously, could it get any more Little House?

So I sang him

You Are My Sunshine,download Gifted 2017 movie now

and as he usually does, he sang along softly with me. After such a crazy day, it was a moment that was so welcome. I was trying not to get all weepy while looking at this beautiful little boy who was singing these sweet words back to me. I was so in love.

And then it happened.

We finished our duet, and he paused for a moment. I could have sworn that a Disney-like twinkle reflected off his eye. He looked up at me with a smile, touched my cheek with his palm, and said,

Mom, I wish I had Leo’s mother.

Yup. That’s right. He’s always had good times over at one of his best buds’ homes, and his little 4-year-old spirit just had to share that at that moment.

With that, it was lights out.

And it just makes me think: this is what motherhood is all about.

Looking into your child’s eyes and connecting in a way only you and he or she can, thinking this is my life’s purpose, this child right here. Then being knocked on your arse the next minute, and having to laugh through it all.

Because if you didn’t have a sense of humor before becoming a mommy, you darn well better find one now.

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  1. ahahahhhh, I remember this post!! Hilarious!

  2. OMGOSH I am LAUGHING SO HARD!!!! Oh Michelle- that is just classic!!! I was all in the moment with you, every tiny detail of that mom magic…and then- BAM! Oh this is by far the best post I have read in a long time!! SO glad you posted it again!!! (SO funny because I too started blogging around the same time and had perhaps three readers if that!! ) 🙂
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  3. Oh my goodness, you’re so right – little kids are so like that!
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  4. Woah! What a story! I’m so glad you pulled this puppy from the archives. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, look forward to motherhood or fear it…or all of the above. You do just a great job of bringing us along with you during a story…I feel your mix of emotions, too, I suppose.

    Makes me think of the sometimes horrible things I said to my mother when we clashed a lot during adolescence. I’m going to text her right now and apologize.

    Enjoy getting back into your routine!
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  5. LOL you have such a way with words Michelle, I absolutely adore it. Haha this will be so much fun for him to read about later in life, when he hugs you and gives you a big kiss and say Sorry. Hahaha
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  6. you speak truth. lol . great story.

    ahhh out of the mouths of babes.

  7. Ohhhhhhh, I love this.

    And I laughed out loud when I read the part about how you were instructed to call him ‘troll’.
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  8. Oh, sheesh. 🙂 Precious, precious.
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  9. Oh my goodness!!! So funny! My son is 4 (will be in less than 3 weeks) and the stuff that comes out of his mouth is priceless.

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  10. Oh my word! I’m so glad you dusted this off to share again. How priceless (now) and how crushing (then). I hope you’ve reminded troll-boy of this story at appropriate times.
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  11. {Melinda} Aren’t they just precious when they blindside us like that?? Keeps me humble. 🙂
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