It’s hard to believe that almost three years ago to the day, I was feverishly reading all the what you need to know about your baby books in anticipation for the arrival of Prince Baby-Ko. As I made mental lists and actual lists (God, I miss having the time to be anal retentive), I’m pretty sure I declared a whole lot of sheeeyaat that I absolutely thought I would never do….
Yup. At the time, I was pretty sure that *I* would never be the one to discourage teeth brushing at bed time.
Cue 2 weeks ago…
I’m marching Baby-Ko in to his room after his third attempt to escape and stall what should not come as a surprise after 3 years on this planet:
“Baby-Ko. It. Is. Bed. Time.”
“But… but… Wait a minute, mommy. We forgot to brush my teeth.”
Totally in his room, and in the-perfect head on shoulder- body relaxing- pacifier in mouth- I might miss a golden opportunity to put this kid to bed once and for all if I don’t seize this opportunity right now-moment, I choked:
“Uh, that’s okay. Not tonight.”
“But I want to brush my teeth,” he said trying to squirm out of my arms.
“I’m sorry, sweetheart. Your teeth are too tired. They just can’t do it.”
“My teeth are too tired?”
“Yes, exhausted. It’s night night time.”
Please, buy it.
His head settled back down.
No. No. I did not think, based on the hours I spent in prenatal yoga, chanting to the gods of sun and powerful vaginas that I, a woman seeking natural and no interventions childbirth, would so naturally and effortlessly intervene my own child’s right to dental hygiene with silly lies (that would selfishly bring me one step closer to leftover Chinese food).
And I most certainly did not think, after working full time and having my son in day care full time for the past 2 years that Baby-Ko starting preschool would get me farklempt.
But alas, here I am. Lying, lazy, teary and all.
In just a few weeks, Baby-Ko will start preschool…. Gulp. So many thoughts running through my mind and I’m sure that I will write a post as the big back to school day actually approaches. But in the meantime, I wanted to share a promotion that we’re running on Parents Ask. Winner will get $250 gift certificate to Old Navy. (Good stuff, huh?!) So spread the word, leave a comment (on the video/link) and tell us what your favorite back to school ritual is.
Also, tell me that you didn’t notice said chinese food leftovers/container on the stove in the background as it is making me crazy. Hmm, maybe there is hope for my anal retentiveness after all….
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(Well... almost freedom. The twins will be napping, so it's a half-freedom.)
As for your post, I am so glad I'm not the only one guilty of occasionally talking my kid out of teeth brushing. Tired teeth, huh? I'm going to have to remember that one... ;)