--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!