Things I never thought I’d do as a mum…

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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  1. Nataasha

    Lovely article !!hilarious !! And so so true šŸ˜‰

  2. Reshma

    Well, my one-year old loves to dance but the catch is that she thinks Mommy is a better singer than all the Adeles of the world! So, if she gets in the mood for dancing (which she shows by doing a cute bottom wriggle), then I have to keep singing myself hoarse till the party wraps up in her head!!

    1. Nicole

      Hahaha…picturing the wriggling bottom and you singing away! Cute:) thanks for sharing…

  3. To Arizona......and beyond

    Love the idea of you standing watching a garbage truck! All little boys seem to love those trucks!

    1. Nicole

      They do, don’t they?! Fire engines too

  4. firoza dalal

    hahahaha. Told you that you were an excellent mother!!!

    1. Nicole

      Lol. Always nice to hear that. Thanks!

  5. Julie S.

    Yep yep yep. Motherhood changes us and makes us appear crazy to other people, but we know it is normal šŸ™‚

    1. Nicole

      So true. Crazy is the new normal for us:)

  6. babiesbiscuitsandbooze

    Love this!! It’s funny the things we do. My boy is still very little so the main thing is constantly making everything sound very exciting with my baby tone ‘Mummy is washing up’ and singing everything ‘let’s go change your napp-yyyy’ style! Haha.

    1. Nicole

      Lol. They love that sing-song tone, don’t they?

  7. Juni DesireƩ

    Love this. I was wondering if I could include the garbage truck paragraph t in a book Iā€™m working on as a tribute to mothers. Your name, age and country will be included or you can be anonymous. I totally understand if you want to decline, but just thought Iā€™d check. Feel free to email for more info:

    1. Nicole

      Hi Juni. Glad you liked the post. Yes, you could most certainly use the information and mention my details and source of information (i.e.the blog). I will email you shortly šŸ™‚
      What’s the book about. Sounds interesting:)
      All the best!

      1. Juni DesireƩ

        Thanks so much! I’ve sent a reply.

  8. simmonsbrisa

    Haha this is so funny! I have a lot to look forward to when my baby girl becomes a toddler. There are so many things I now do as a mom that I never thought I would do before. One of my special mom talents is coming up with songs at the top of my head. Another thing I do now that I have never done before is dance. My baby girl loves it when I sing to her and dance while I’m cooking dinner. I also never thought I would be so into booger hunting, that has become a mission! šŸ™‚

    1. Nicole

      Hahaha…. we are all such dedicated mums, aren’t we?;) Booger hunting lol that’s funny. Keep me posted on your other mum-only talents. Cheers!

  9. mummyfever

    Oh wow I was so nodding along to all of these. I always catch myself being really enthusiastic about a massive poo one of them has done and think – really? it is poo after all #fridayfrolics

    1. Nicole

      LOL. It’s amazing how their poo makes us so happy;) Thanks for reading

  10. Life Love and Dirty Dishes

    Singing the wheels on the bus on an actual bus. Being the first on the dance floor at every wedding so you can dance with your kid. Catching snot and vomit with your bare hands. The list is endless. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Super! Thanks! We mums rock, don’t we?;)

  11. Mess stress and fancy dress

    Too many to count! I gallop to school on the school run quite regularly making horse noises. I have done the hokey cokey in supermarket till queues to prevent tantrums. I have worn a polyester adults princess costume out in public.

    1. Nicole

      Brilliant ones lol. Hokey cokey in a supermarket oh dear!

  12. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)

    I can’t think of any weird and wonderful things right now although I am sure there are lots of them but the one thing I was adamant I would never do is co-sleep. And guess what? I did. Anything for a decent nights sleep. Or at least an attempt for a decent nights sleep! Co-sleeping or not, it still hasn’t happened!


    1. Nicole

      Yes, we do give in so often just to get by/ make life that much more simpler. On that note, read my post ‘Confessions of an Exhausted Mummy’ where I have listed the things I promised myself I wouldn’t do… but succumbed!
      Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all need to do what we need to do! And hope you get some sleep. Thanks for popping by!

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