No matter how hard I try, my mornings with Baby-Ko are usually a little harried… especially when he wakes up at 5:36am ready to play doctor. (Oh, have I mentioned he likes to pretend that he works at a “Hop-tical” now?) Despite my attempts to have everything from food, to clothes to morning rituals laid out and planned ahead, there is one thing I have zero control over: his mood.

This morning: He. Was. In. A. Mood.

Gave him the play dough (reserved for his table/ but played with on the couch).
Gave him a lollipop (reserved for dinner/ but given before breakfast).
Gave him a basket of my old makeup (reserved for the bathroom/ but deposited somewhere I hope doesn’t stain).

“What is wrong, Baby-Ko? I have to get ready and you have to go to school…”
“No. I don’t want toooooooo,” he whimpered.
“I know, I wish I could stay home today, but I can’t. I have to go to work. I have to get ready my love.”
“Pick MY up,” he said.
“Pick you up? Okay…” I picked him up. He rested his head on my shoulder. “I have to get ready baby, I’m so sorry,” I whispered.
“Mommy, BUH-LAX.”
“I want mommy buh-Lax. On the couch,” he said matter-of-factly.
“You want mommy….? To what?”
“BUH. LAX. On the couch!” he said pointing.
I paused. What the eff is Buh-lax. A light bulb went off:
“You want mommy to RELAX????”
“Yeaaaaaaah,” he said nuzzling in to my chest. “On the couch. Mommy cuddle.”
I pause. Take it in. Remember that in 10 years, I will be yearning to Buh-Lax with him.
“Okay, baby. For a few minutes.”

For the next 5 minutes, we sat closely and stared into space. The traffic, the morning meetings, the coffee that was not yet in my system… It all could wait. We. Were. Buh-Laxing…

Can’t wait to see what life lesson my very own parenting expert has in store for me tomorrow…

FILED UNDER: A Little Life

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  1. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    I just had a similar sitation this morning with my just-turned-three son. We really have to enjoy these moments while we can!
  2. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    Oh how cute!! It seems that a lot of people have been taking the tie to stop and spend some much needed time with loved ones. What a nice change from the usual fast-paced lives we lead!

  3. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    You are so right those moments are precious, enjoy them now. It will be a sad day when my daughter no longer wants to go to the zoo to see the AMI-NALS and listen to MUSE-KICK on the way
  4. Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
    First off, he is sooo cute! I love the photo! I am a child photographer, mother and grandmother so all of this is pretty common.

    A bit of advice - don't play into his game. Candy before breakfast? No wayyyyy!

    Hope tomorrow goes better for you.


    Betty A. Muscott, Child Photographer

    Real Kids Photography