No. Non. Nien.

October 20, 2011

Dear Max

Sometimes our conversations go something like this (for example, like what happened this afternoon):

Me, to a crying toddler: What’s wrong? Do you want something to eat? (naturally, being Jewish, this would be the first question. We generally like our food).
You: No (while shaking head)
Me: Do you want something to drinK?
You: No (while shaking head)
Me: Do you want some milk?
You: No (while shaking head)
Me: Do you want to come up?
You: No
Me: Would you like to visit Mavis?
You: No! (getting more irritated)
Me: Would you like to play on the iPad (after all, if it’s not food and drink and Mavis, it’s the iPad)
You: No
Me, getting a bit desperate: Would you like to watch CBeebies?
You: No! (getting more agitated)
Me: Would you like a little sleep?
You: No
Me: Would you like to build some Lego?
You: Noooo!
Me: Do you want to play with your trucks?
You: No….
Me: Max, I give up.
You: No!

And this is the thing, Max, I often have no idea what you want, how you want it, or when. Most of the time it’s a guessing game, and I’m in awe of moms who *know* what their babies and toddlers want the whole time, or who know what their babies’ cries mean. I read those books, but I couldn’t always figure out a wet nappy from hunger from fatigue from irritation! (any parents out there, like me?)

So dude, I’m sorry if I’m not always able to figure it out. I hope to get it right when you’re older, when it matters even more. When you have the words, but are too ashamed/scared/proud to say them. Until then, I’ll ask/guess/be dumbfounded/figure it out eventually.

You are THE cutest thing ever, even in a tantrum. Kinda.


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  • The Learner Mom

    Oh good, glad it’s not just me then. What truly terrifies me is when parents of older kids say, “oh wait…it gets so much harder.” It what?!

    October 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Kim Muller

    You are not alone. I don’t know what my kid wants most of the time. And he’s only 9 months old. I still have a long time to go to figure things out/play guessing games….

    October 21, 2011 at 7:11 am Reply
  • Vannessa

    That sounds SO much like me and my little one!!

    October 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Sam

    You are def not alone – the only cry i know of Kades is his temper tantrum one – and the only reason i know it is cos its SO much more hectic than the rest of them 🙂

    You’re an awesome Mommy!

    October 24, 2011 at 10:09 am Reply
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