When you found yourself saying/doing these things:
- “Please stop touching your pee-pee. It’s not going anywhere, Mister!“
- Amazed by their ability to tuned you out when you tell them something but somehow they always managed to hear you when you hit your foot on a table and grunted “Dang it!” then later echoing it like a mantra.
- You find your self saying “Oh my God!” a lot seeing the mess your little tornado able to create in your living room and of course you will hear someone saying “Oh my God!” too in the future.
- You will hear so many excuses to avoid bedtime from “I’m still hungry, Mommy“, “I have to go pipis*” down to straight out “but I’m not tired!“
- They are brutally honest – no sugar coating. They’ll tell you in the public restroom you’re in have the unpleasant smell or even better, they’ll cover their nose and mouth saying “Eww…it’s stinky in here, Mommy” in front of a store owner who you hope have no slight understanding of English words! The same thing applied to human odor!
- They use their sweetness power – hugs and kisses – abundantly when they want something from you such as an extra mini Toblerone chocolates or more snack.
- Recognize those teenager’s infamous deep sigh? In some cases – like mine, it starts early. You tell them to go clean up and they can produce whining sounds and sighs similar to the ones from their future 13 years old and older self.
- Your heart melt after your toddler went to time out and gave you a hug saying “I’m done crying…I’m sorry, Mommy“.
- Your heart will melt even more when they sing “Hallelujah” with both arms raised.
- Their kisses and big tight hugs will brighten your day no matter how crappy it has been.
- You will cherish those tender moments when they just crawled on your lap and snuggled so close you can smell their sweet no-longer-a-baby-scents because usually, they’ll be too busy running around doing things by themselves.
- You will silently wipe your tears on the first day of school.
Note: *pipis = peeing