long story (super) short

26 November 2013

When I was pregnant with Julia - Simon liked to joke that he was going to be the fun parent and I was going to be the not fun parent. Funny because now it's true. Well ... mostly. I'm guessing (hoping) it happens in a lot of families because old Mom's always around (like, ALWAYS around) and making her offspring do all of those terrible things kids hate to do like eat all of the delicious food on their plates and pick up all of the toys she let them hurricane around all day. And then Dad comes home and breathes fun and fresh into the evening that is quickly unraveling under the watch of the big bad wolf mom and he plays 99 rounds of hide-and-seek without stopping for a single solitary breather and is, you know, fun.

Welllll I'm sure everyone knows that Sebastian is a toddler of very few words. He's making progress as he's happy to narrate, "bad mood!!!" when he senses someone is less than thrilled with his antics but he still thinks all varieties of fruit go by the name, "apple". Few words.

So you can imagine the fat smile that spreads across my face whenever we read this book and we get to this page ...


... and without skipping a beat Sebastian says, "mommy!"

He's just begging for toddler's first trip to the optometrist but ... my hair has gotten darker as the sun shines for approximately two hours a day this time of year so, fair enough.


And when we get to this page ...


... without skipping a beat Sebastian says, "daddy!!!"

And my not fun heart does a laughy little dance because .... fantasy fiction.


ps!! Modern Mrs. Darcy recently posted her really awesome Kid Lit Guide .... if you know a kid or five. Check it.

17 comments:

  1. Yes. Mean old Mommy. Awesome fun Daddy. Same in our house.

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    1. haha. GOOD. We can be mean together. :)

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  2. It is most definitely the same here. I am definitely the enforcer of all rules and Daddy is definitely the one who gets to be all fun all the time!

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  3. Same here. Fun Daddy swoops in to save the day! And I'm happy to let him have that title most days b/c I'm zonked and just want to sit and relax with a glass of something alcoholic or chocolate and veg for more than 2 minutes at a time. :)

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  4. Oh, that is wonderful! Every time I wear a dress/skirt (even a nightgown), my bigger little guy says I look "boo-ful" and asks if I'm a "pwincess." (I say, "Yes, yes I am.") It really is magical how beautiful you can look in their eyes, even if you're sporting bead-head and dark shadows under your eyes.

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  5. Mamas get a bad rep man! My husband calls me a fun sponge when it comes to my kids. He says I have the ability to just soak up all the fun in the house!! It's true...he shines in all his superman glory, and I am a hot mess of a wonder woman!

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  6. Mean Mommy/Fun Daddy here too. Although now that they are older it's a more even playing field. We're still in the mode of "mom sends them up to get ready for bed" and "dad goes in their room and starts a wrestling match that riles everyone up". Fun times.

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  7. Same Mean Mommy/Fun Daddy dynamic here too ~ but I'm glad Sebastian is wise enough to know your true nature. Though on some post-call days Charlie may well look like the Bah Humbug gentleman.

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  8. I'm the mean one too but guess who's side of the bed they climb up when they're scared in the middle of the night...mmmhhhmmm...that's right...me :)

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  9. This is a constant at our house, by 530 mommy is grouchy and trying to get dinner on the table, then daddy walks in and it's all rainbows and unicorns. I like how you put it, "Breathes fun and fresh into the evening". That actually makes me feel less guilty about it. It's just a change of pace!

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  10. Yeah I think those roles have been embedded in us since the beginning of time. But at least us moms get a break. And I love it when the kiddos call me a pwincess when I'm wearing my garbage bag of a nursing gown.

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  11. Haha. So true. And I knew this would be the case even while I was pregnant.

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  12. hahahahaha! Good job, Bash! I think Grace thought I was the fun parent for like a minute once... it was a nice moment.

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  13. This is so awesome! We have the mean mommy/fun daddy thing here too. I have no idea how he comes home from work and plays monster and chase with them like it's the most fun thing ever. Every day. Might need to get that book :)

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  14. Same here, except I'm the preferred reader of books (Walter has been known to disdainfully grab books out of daddy's hands and toss them away because he doesn't like how they're being read). But it's definitely due to who they spend the most time with -- when I was at work and David was the stay-at-home parent I got to be the fun one!

    I'm still busy teaching the kids that our wedding photos show Princess Mommy.

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