Friday, October 21, 2011

The Day I Loved Having Little Hands In My Lunch.

Yesterday, lunch took over an hour to eat. 


After having cleaned Carter up from his smorgasbord of mac-n-cheese, steamed peas, Honeycrisp apple and a Jammy Sammy, I let him loose in the kitchen hoping he would occupy himself long enough so that I could eat my lunch, of angel hair pasta, steamed spinach and sauteed mushrooms mind you, in some semblance of peace. 


No sooner than my tush hit the couch did I hear that telltale pitter-patter of feet running through the kitchen. To be frank, that sound is truly no longer a "pitter-patter," but more like a stampede of toddler wildebeests. Regardless, he was coming. 


As quick as lightening he's up in my lap with his hands already in my bowl. Within minutes he has my fork and begins twirling pasta around and around, graciously offering it to me in heaping forkfuls. As he would do so, his little dimpled mouth would seamlessly form into the "Ahhhh" that I now mindlessly make when trying to coerce him into eat his last bite. 


I couldn't help but laugh. 


So? We sat there. Noodles and spinach on the couch cushions. For once? I didn't jump up to find my camera. Or my phone. I didn't interrupt him. I didn't tell him, "no." I didn't tweet. 


Laugh, but it's so true.


C would offer me a forkful, followed by a handful or two before he would turn and lovingly offer Sheepie some, too. Oh, yes. God forbid Sheepie feel as if he is missing out on anything involving food. 


And after making sure we both were fed, C would then take a huge bite, exclaiming "Mmmm." 


I didn't get to eat my lunch in peace. A mess was made. In addition to the messes that hadn't yet been cleaned up for the day. Toys were strewn around the living room. The family room. Mixing bowls were askew in the kitchen. 


But somehow? That was the best lunch I'd had in a while. Proof that I needed to slow down and say, "yes." 


Toddlerhood is exhausting. 


More exhausting than just simply Motherhood. However between the "Mmm's" and the "Ahhh" moments? The "tate you's" after I would swallow? 


I wouldn't trade it for the world. Happy Friday, Loyals. Have a great weekend!


36 comments :

  1. C is just so sweet! Whether we have children or not, this is a great reminder for us all just to slow the heck down :) Have a great weekend!

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  2. That is precious!!! Great start to my day!!

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  3. toddlerhood is exhausting but oh so fun! have a great weekend :)

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  4. Oh! Now this just melts my heart. I love this! What a beautiful image I have of you two lunching together. It's good to say yes every now and then! Happy Friday!

    xoxo

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  5. So cute. And a great reminder to just live and enjoy life. Why does everything have to be stressful? It doesn't!

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  6. Such a sweet moment! Sometimes the sweetness is worth the mess....sometimes. :)

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  7. Such a sweet story. Baby C is growing up. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Very cute. A mess can be fun every once in a while :) especially if you have a cute helper.

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  9. Omg, I love it!!! So cute and sweet! Chloe does the same when we bring food to eat into the living room. shr bolts over to us and starts to beg and point to the plates. Lol! Happy Friday!!

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  10. So adorable! Sometimes we definately just need to slow down for the kiddies and say "yes!" Loved this!

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  11. I loves this post! Makes me want to share dinner tonight with my little lady!

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  12. So important to do! Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  13. Love this post. I'm so glad I have these to read before I get to this stage. It's always nice to know (a little of) what to expect.

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  14. I'm so jealous of your yummy sounding lunch!! 6 out of 7 days I get a PB rice cake (mostly out of pure laziness and a pesky glluten intolerance) I'm so in love with those moments where you soak it all in. These babies grow up far too fast. Which is why I told my hubby I want a Duggar sized clan. Ok, maybe not even close, but you know what I mean. :D

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  15. I agree completely!!!!! There's not a day that goes by that I'm not constantly trying to stay a step ahead of Zoe now. Definitely fun and sweet and wonderful. Definitely exhausting.

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  16. Awww...so sweet. I love this post!

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  17. Awww...so sweet! I love this post!

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  18. That is the sweetest story! Thank for the reminder to say "yes" sometimes. "No" is all too common in our household as well...we have a 2 year old. And I totally know what you mean about jumping up to grab your camera for everything. Good advice!

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  19. Sounds like C is turning out to be one great little boy! Not that I'm surprised, he's got one pretty great mama!

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  20. This is so sweet. Sometimes I just have to stop being so task oriented and enjoy the moments.

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  21. such a sweet post. sometimes you really do just have to relax with these guys. that's the secret to survival i'm figuring out!

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  22. It's moments like that that you remember for the rest of your life. LOVE it!

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  23. It is so great that you feel this way...sometimes people focus on the negative {messes, no 'me time' etc etc} but to hear this, is just simply awesome. I cannot wait until my lunches are like yours. Thanks for sharing your lunch with us! :)

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  24. This was so incredibly sweet, and I couldn't agree more! Happy Friday, enjoy your boys this weekend! xo http://pearlstopampers.tumblr.com

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  25. It really is nice to just step back and enjoy the madness that is motherhood. And to not tweet or photograph some moments, some are just too special to pause for a photo.

    Have a great weekend, AP and C!

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  26. love this. I'm learning slowly that it isnt about the tweeting but just the memories!

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  27. Awww how sweet of him.
    It's nice to slow down sometimes and just enjoy those little moments.

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  28. So sweet! A reminder to all of us to slow down and enjoy those cute moments with our toddlers...thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love this post! I think a lot of times we forget to stop and just enjoy those special moments. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I love this. I've lived this moment, right down to the mysterious need to include the dog in the messy mealtime.

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