I'm the mum here but Little Man is the boss. More often than I'd like him to be so! He makes me dance to his tunes (sometimes literally so, as I do the 'swish swish swish' action of the beloved wipers on the beloved bus); play along to his imaginary scenarios (going to the imaginary supermarket to buy an imaginary carton of milk and imaginary strawberries) and be part of a one-sided game of hide-and-seek (for details on how to play this version of the game, read the one-sided hide-and-seek game). But there are some things that he makes (demands) me do that are, quite simply put, weird! Things I never imagined I would ever do (as a mother or otherwise). But when he smiles his adorable smile and says 'Please Mummy', my heart takes over and the brain stops working. And his wish is my command…
1 . Wear my sunglasses while doing the dishes
Little Man loves glasses (the wearing kind). Mostly his daddy's, but when taken away for fear of being broken (is it the third pair so far?), he settles for his own-sized no-numbered shades. Wearing them on his head or eyes and going about his day as usual. That's all fine till he insists mummy wears her shades too! So even on a wet, dull, gloomy day (hello, England!), you will see me wearing sunglasses and going about my day as usual. (The idea for this post came to me last week when I found myself doing the dishes with sunglasses on my head! At 8 pm!).
2. Watch a garbage truck load garbage… for an entire 5 minutes!
Like most boys, Little Man LOVES his cars/buses/trains/tractors and he has a special place in his heart for, err, garbage trucks! Wednesday is garbage collection day where I live, and the time that this happens coincides with me dropping Little Man off at nursery. So on Wednesday mornings around 9 am, you will (usually) find me watching a garbage truck collect all my neighbours' garbage while the driver and his helpers stare at me wondering one of the two: how immature I am or how sleep-deprived I am. Just being a mother, dear garbage men….
3. Do Ringa-Ringa Roses while on the toilet
Whenever Little Man hears Ringa-Ringa Roses, he HAS to hold hands, make a circle and act out the song (he just loves the 'all fall down' bit). So the other day I put on the TV for him and thought I won't be disturbed when in the loo, Boy was I mistaken! I was suddenly face-to-face with an excited toddler (my son) who had pushed open the door and was jumping up and down with excitement saying 'Mummy do Ringa Ringa'. So there I was, pants down, sitting on a toilet, hands stretched, singing along to Ringa Ringa Roses… DEFINITELY not a scenario I imagined when I found out I was pregnant!
4. Crawl around the house even though I know how to walk
Become a horse/ dog/ baby (depending on the version of crawl I am ordered to do), with Little Man atop me (if I am an animal) or alongside me (if I'm a baby).
5.Refer to a fire-engine/ police car/ ambulance as 'Nino Nino'
Since Little Man calls all of the above a 'Nino' owing to the sound these vehicles make, and gets super excited whenever he spots one, I too show the same level of enthusiasm (subconsciously now) and shout excitedly from the car window: 'See, a Nino!'
What are the weirdest/strangest things you have done for your baby/toddler? I'd love to hear about them!
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