Yep. At the ripe age of 23 months my first born has decided to toss me to the curb like yesterday's newspaper.
Daddy is the cool one now. And I get it...he's a pretty cool guy. Ethan is all boy these days. He wants to help daddy fix things, play with trucks, get in the mud, spit...you know...guy stuff. And who better than to do all those things with than daddy right?
But, the kid won't even hold my hand in public anymore if Daddy is around. Not only does he refuse to hold my hand, but he acts like I have some sort of viral disease that might just kill him if I so much as touch him. He will, in fact, collapse on the floor in typical two year old tantrum fashion.
Diaper changes in the morning have become a battle of wills. He screams for Da-Da who has left for work and will refuse to let me change his diaper. Apparently he needs this 10 plus minutes of mourning to accept the fact that only mama will be around.
Photos of me and my boy? Forget it! If mommy is in the picture he will have nothing to do with it.
Case and point...he was all sunshine and lollipops until mommy snuck in the scene.
This week though?
Daddy's out of town.
(Insert evil laughter)
It's full on mommy time kiddo. And guess what? Instead of throwing massive fits, he is actually showing me some love.
He's asking me to sit with him. He gives me random hugs. He held my hand at the park and has acted as if he might actually need me from time to time for something other than fetching his milk.
It's been refreshing.
I know deep down he still loves his mommy, and I'm totally cool with him having his daddy phase. I guess a part of me knows that our days of just mommy and E are numbered and that's the part that gets to me the most.
Today I soaked up all the E time I could get. I even sat with him in the hot car for a good 30 minutes after we got back from the park as he practiced his driving skills. (No one call CPS...car was turned off, no keys even in sight)
Did you know that wearing your sunglasses upside down was all the rage?
Apparently I missed that memo.
No wonder I've been losing cool points.
He insisted I sit in the passenger seat and make sure all the doors were closed. We opened and closed the garage door, practiced our turn signals, flashed our hazards and turned the volume way up n our imaginary radio (aka me..singing the ABC's). My little chauffeur even handed me an extra pair of shades to put on (upside down of course) as we cruised away.
Although it hasn't completely hit me yet, I know that our little world is about to be rocked with a new addition and my time is going to be spread a little thinner. I know everyone says that there will just be more love to go around and I know that's true, but part of me wonders if I'll be able to juggle it all to everyones satisfaction.
These past couple of days haven't been the easiest without the hubs around, but I've enjoyed being the star of Ethan's little world again. These toddler days are rough on a mom, but I wouldn't trade them for the world. His crazy antics are what keeps my world spinning.