March 27, 2012

Moments with Manny

It is safe to say that my sweet, perfect, little angel has officially entered the terrible two's a few months early - this one's advanced! I laugh when I think back to the times I thought he had a strong will....oh boy if I only knew what was to come. This little guy is a lot of fun, and is daily giving me lessons on humility and patience. It seems life lately is one big string of moments where I'm left flustered, embarrassed, and sweaty...not to mention short of breath, thanks to my nearly 35 week baby bump. I wanted to document a few stories that, at the time, were far from funny, but now I can look back and laugh (or at least smile...the laughter will come eventually, right?)   
--I wanted to run in to Target real quick to get a scarf that Sarah tweeted about. It was coral and fabulous and I knew I needed it. (Plus I'm a scarf hoarder, and I've declared navy and coral my signature corals for spring. Clearly it was a must-have.) Knowing that was all we were going in for, and the fact that we'd just been grocery shopping for an hour in a different Target (that didn't have the scarf of course) I decided it'd be easiest to just carry Manny in since it'd be a quick trip in and out. Strike 1. (Apparently my naive side still flairs up from time to time.) So I carry him in, we walk straight to the scarfs - they're at the front of the store; how hard can this be? Strike 2. I spot the scarf - only one remaining at the very back of the row. So I set Manny down, and hold his hand while I pull the other scarfs off the rack. I secure the scarf, and realize I now have an armful of scarves to load back on the rack. So, I tell Manny to stand right there as I'm going to have to let go of his hand. Strike 3. I quickly put the scarves back on the rack - 10 seconds TOPS - and look down to see Manny aka Houdini has vanished into thin air. I turn around, and there is no sign of him whatsoever. I start calling his name, and try not to panic as I start searching the aisles around us. It was right by the checkout, so pretty open air but I couldn't see him anywhere! I see another lady, and she helps me look for him too. It couldn't have been more than 30 seconds to a minute total that he was missing, but it felt.like.eternity. Of course in my head, I was playing out all the worst case scenarios, when suddenly I hear some jabbering and follow the sounds. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from, and finally realized he was in the jewelry case area....he had crawled under the counter and was hiding in a corner. As soon as he saw me, he yelled "Boo!" then growled, and started laughing. Really? I'm not sure if the scarf was worth the years that this little incident took off my life, but I do love it. And I also learned a valuable lesson on how fast this kid can move while being quiet when he wants to.
--On the way to my parent's house for my baby shower last week, I suddenly realized there was no way I was going to make it to their house before using the restroom. So I quickly pulled into a gas station, and tried to put Manny's shoes on him as fast as I could so we could get inside. Unfortunately Manny was not on board with this plan. He did NOT want to put shoes on. Period. He kicked and flailed and screamed like I was murdering him as we wrestled around for nearly 10 minutes. I'd get one shoe on, only for him to tear it off while I was working on the other one. At one point, I seriously thought I was just going to have to pee my pants. We weren't making progress, and well, a pregnant girl can only hold it for so long. Luckily we had a breakthrough shortly thereafter, and I miraculously got both shoes on him and we waddled inside. No sooner had I sat down on the toilet, he decided to start rolling around on the bathroom floor and sticking his head under other stalls yelling "hiiiiii!" I was horrified, but what do you do at that point? I told him to stand up, and he eventually did, at which point a few crackers fell out of his shirt on to the floor. No worries though - never one to waste, Manny quickly picked them up and ate them. The good news? Looks as if he didn't contract any life-threatening diseases from his Tour de Bathroom Floor. Still. I shudder at the thought.  
--In other news, Manny can now open the door (it's a pop-lock) in the Target family restroom. I'll let your imagination take it from there. Let's just say by the time I was able to get my pants up and chase him down, he was browsing the Dollar Spot. Can't say I blame him.

Last week after one particularly draining day where I felt like a failure as a mom, I read the email devotional I get and it was the perfect pick me up. It was titled "I Don't Want to Raise a Good Child", and is a great read. You can check out the Encouragement for Today devotional here.
And yes, I used this post to show off some pictures I took of my little guy this morning while playing with his new water table. I knew we needed one with summer coming, and when I saw the Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark on sale at Toys R Us for $29.99, I was sold. We haven't even put water in it yet and he adores it!
I absolutely love raising this little guy, and know that the hard moments are part of the parenting territory. He is hilarious and strong-willed, and I wouldn't have it any other way. We build character in each other as we face each day with a fit and a smile. :) I love you little bubbers guy!

27 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! My little guy just started walking (not running yet), but I am dreading when he will pull the Houdini act on me! Yikes!!

    Manny is too adorable. And he's all boy!

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  2. Oh man, been there, done that. My oldest is the same way. Thankfully you do eventually laugh, though I'm still not certain that it's not from the mental insanity you contract from parenting a strong-willed child :-)

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  3. These are hillarious. The bathroom floor...OMG! We would have had to go home after that. I'd have sanitized him- changed his clothes and probably made him gargle mouthwash!!!!! GROSS GROSS GROSS!!!!!! HAHAHAH!!! But....you're right....building character...and making memories! These WILL make you laugh one day!

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  4. I'm dying laughing!! Manny sounds a lot like my nephew. FYI - he's almost 3 & it doesn't look like the terrible 2's that struck early are ending anytime soon! The other day they were at a friends ballgame & they heard Logan say "it's my turn", the next thing they know he's gone & they find him on the field with someone's aluminum bat. He squeezed through a hole in the fence.......

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  5. Sarah, you are so funny!!!! I can just picture it all. On the upside, I read this article yesterday and you would have basically been doing Manny a disservice had you not let him eat the crackers off the floor :). http://m.npr.org/story/149232765?url=/blogs/health/2012/03/23/149232765/why-getting-grimy-as-a-child-can-make-for-a-healthier-life

    He's too cute, so I'm sure worth all the fun!!!

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  6. Oh my goodness Sarah, thank you so much for writing this post!! It made me laugh so hard because it sounds like we are raising the exact same child!! Jaxon does the same kind of stuff. He makes me laugh and he is so entertaining but man he has a mind of his own. I know this will be a trait I will be happy he has when he is older… but whew it’s rough right now. It’s always so comforting to know that other moms are dealing with the same issues. Manny is a doll and it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job with him!!

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  7. oh my, the bathroom story is hilarious! You have such a little stud! He is too cute for words!

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  8. These are the days...
    Sounds like our days are a lot alike. :)

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  9. I would have been so scared, I've never had kaylee run away from me in the store. She's afraid of getting lost, so I guess that's good for me. I hear that age 3 is worse than terrible two. Kaylees in the terrible two stage & I'm hoping she grows out of it soon

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  10. We have the same water table! My son looooves it!

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  11. He might be a stinker but he's absolutely adorable! That smile is just something else!

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  12. thanks for the laugh, so sorry it was at your expense though ;)

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  13. And, he knows that he's super cute! :)

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  14. Oh Sarah, I cannot help but laugh! The horror and the humor of it all! I will say that you may want to find some mischievous pictures of him rather than the ones you posted which make him look angelic as it would make your stores even more believable...and comical of course! Thanks for sharing.

    PS - How is house thing going? I know the market is tough...

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  15. so cute! those stories are hilarious--you will definitely be able to look back and laugh one day (:

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  16. OK these are HILARIOUS!!! I am rolling...sorry they happened to you..but honestly the best is yet to come. I have an almost 4 year old and have experienced just about all of these....just wait till potty training...Fun times my friend...fun times:)

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  17. Morgan and manny must be hanging out because oh my we have hit the terrible twos early as well. Oh and we lost Morgan in the big mall in Dallas & it was a split second we turned around. Talk about super freaky! These sweet kids are fast!

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  18. Cracked me up! I think your Target days may be over...not sure how you will manage it with 2 kiddos! ;) Good thing he's stinkin' adorable!!! :)

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  19. I love this. You are such a wonderful momma! I so wish I lived near you so I could come swipe Manny from time to time...man we'd have a good time :)

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  20. Ahhh... Hilarious (to me :)). Of course, that comes from a mom that has been there done that!! The Target bathroom story was the BEST!!

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  21. So sorry to laugh but those are funny! Especially the crackers off the bathroom floor! That's why God made them cute - so we don't totally lose it on them during "fun" moments! I get the same email devotions and they are always a perfect encouragement! Good luck with the terrific 2's!

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  22. Oh I have so been there! Just try to laugh because it really does go by fast. What a little cutie you have.

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  23. Been there! SOOOO many times!

    And, I love his little shoes!

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  24. Oh I just know those days are coming for me! That Manny is so funny! I have been reading Dobson's Bringing Up Boys and the first chapters talk about how boys are so different from girls in how they think (or don't think.) It's fun that you are writing these down to remember them.

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  25. Sarah,
    Sorry sorry sorry but I laughed the whole post! Not at your expense! :0)
    AND please start a weekly post called Monday Moments with Manny! Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee! Everyone needs a pick me up on Monday!

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  26. I almost asked you if you read that devotional that day, because it was right after we had talked about our wild and crazy boys. It came at a great time! I seriously cracked up out loud in my silent office when reading the one about him on the floor of the bathroom. Oh, Manny! I have to say though, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a...strong willed child. One of Cooper's teachers, one that we really like and that loves Cooper, she was telling me the other day how wild he is. And he is in a room of ALL boys, and she still said he is the most wild of them all. Except I think she used the word "rowdy", haha! At least we are raising independent boys?

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  27. So cute your boy is adorable, and I just read your story on how you found out about your pregnancy. I wrapped up the test like you. I have heard that when you start to try to adopt that happens a lot because the stress of it all kind of goes away and your body just knows what to do.

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