Monday, January 05, 2009

"I Want to Tell You Something"

These words, while they can be completely adorable when spoken by a 3 or 5 year old child, completely grate on my nerves these days. Mostly because the ONLY time they say it is when they are stalling and that is usually at nap and bedtime. UGH! It's the words they say as you're finishing tucking them in, walking away, going down the steps, etc.

"Mommy, I want to tell you something."

And when they say it in their sweet, cute little voice, how can a mother NOT listen? But every.single.time they have absolutely NOTHING to say. It's usually something they ad lib at the moment when they know they've got my attention. Often it's some kind of weird gibberish question that really doesn't have an answer or something they actually know the answer to. Or worst of all it's, "Mommy, I love you." (Gasp!) Truth is, they get me with it about 90% of the time because I think, "What if they really do have something to tell me this time. Ha! They are masters.

It's so hard to resist NOT answering them. But you have no idea how tired I am of this little line. Now, I will say, every now and then they actually do have something to say or a substantial question, but they are few and far between. I should write down their "somethings" every night and make a running list because I know one day I will look back and laugh at it. I think it's just that right now, by the time we get them through the bedtime routine and feel like we've really spent some quality time with them, we just need a little breather and the prolonging of the bedtime just makes you nutty since we know how much we have to do before we can go to bed.

But I still love their little voices....

1 comment:

BJ said...

OMG Sydney does the EXACT same thing. Especially before bed time or when she is getting in trouble she will stand there and say "mommy I want to tell you something" and I agree that so many times you can see her mind working fast to think of something to ask me and most cases she ends saying "I love you".