I sat down to blog… on Friday. But then life happened. So now it is Sunday, and I am just sitting down to finish. Ah, well. Better late than never.
Today was a day to celebrate. For one, it was FRIDAY. – TGIF is an understatement. – Two, it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It is a rule that as an elementary school teacher, you must celebrate this. Plus, if you have any kind of kid left in you, you should be happy about it too, because, well, Dr. Seuss is pretty awesome. And three, Jacob pooped in the potty. All you mamas out there know the joy that brings to a mommy’s heart. I had no idea bodily functions could be so exciting until I became a parent. Since it’s now Sunday – potty update… because it’s important… dry diaper 2 nights in a row plus nap time one day. 3 more successful potty trips. I’m hoping this isn’t just a fluke!
In honor of his accomplishment, I thought I’d post a couple recent Jacob-moments that have brought us lots of laughter this week, and what I’ve learned from them…
Jacob-Moment #1 – The Grocery Store
While in the grocery store cart, Jacob hollered, “Mommy! I see CHINTA!”
Chinta is the name of Auntie Nee/Uncle Jeff’s dog, and since I knew she wasn’t in the store, I started looking around for a picture of a dog similar to Chinta. But we were in the soup/beans aisle. No dog pics nearby. And so the following conversation took place with each comment from Jacob getting increasingly louder:
“I don’t see Chinta, Buddy. She’s not here.”
“Yes. I see Chinta! He WIGHT DARE!” (I look. No dog.)
“No. I don’t see him.”
“Mommy, I see him. I see him, Mommy! I see CHINTA!!!!”
“Buddy, I’m sorry, I don’t see him.”
“Mommy! Look! Mommy! Chinta wight dare. HE. WIGHT. DARE!!!!”
As I moved down the aisle, Jacob started bouncing in the cart with excitement. “Mommy! Mommy! I see CHIN-TA. CHIN-TA! CHIIIINNN-TAAAA! HIIII CHINTAAAAAA!!!” Oh great. Now he’s calling the invisible dog.
And just as I begin to shush him a bit, we pass an old man and Jacob hollers out, “HO! HO! HO! MEWWWY CWISMAS, CHINTA!”
Old man turns, with long white beard and large belly... Oh.
Jacob smiles his big proud dimpled grin at me. “See Mommy? Is Chinta! I see him wight dare!” I smile a sheepish grin at SANTA-ish man and hurry around the corner to avoid further embarrassment.
Note to self: Teach Jacob how to pronounce the word SANTA. And in the future, don’t argue with 1-year-old in public. Accept all things he says as truth, and move on.
Jacob-Moment #2 -The Other Jacob
Bev is a friend of mine that watches our kids 4 days/week. She also has two kids, one named Jacob, only her Jacob is in middle school. On Friday morning, her Jacob missed the bus. Bev texted me to let me know she was running him to school and would be back in a bit. Annalise saw me texting her back and asked what I was doing. I told her. She asked why. I said, “Because Jacob missed the bus.”
I continued to get ready and didn’t pay much attention to the kids as they played, but then I realized only one of them was playing. Jacob had been sitting so quiet, almost sad, for about 10 minutes. I looked at his little face and saw a bewildered and sad boy with a furrowed brow. Clearly, he was contemplating something, and he was bothered by it.
“What’s wrong, Buddy? Why are you sad?”
He looked up at me, then back down. He furrowed his brow again and shook his head. He spoke in a small sad voice, “Oh, man. I missed da bus!”
Note to self: When speaking of “Jacob,” clarify if it is the other Jacob.
Jacob-Moment #3 – Pronoun Problem
I already posted this on FB, but it is worth repeating.
I was home with just the kids. They were playing in the other room, but then Jacob came to me and said, “Sissy cwying.”
Jacob: He mean to her.
Jacob: He… I… I is he. (Long pause while I look at him with eyebrows raised.) Oh man, I mean to her. ‘Scuse me, Momma. I go say sow-we.
Note to self: Teach Jacob proper pronoun usage. And raised eyebrows work well when needing to get the truth out of Jacob.
And one last Jacob-ism:
Me: I love you, my child.
Jacob: I. NOT. MY. CHILD!!! I Jacobpweestman!!
Okay. I love you, Jacobpweestman!! TOOooo much! (Another Jacob-ism) What a blessing you are!