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Are You ‘posed to do That?

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Dearest Gia,

I love you; I truly, honestly, from the bottom of my heart love you. But often I just don’t like the things you do. I know, it seems ridiculous and I know it sounds like I am not a good mom (which on some days I probably am not) but for someone who holds my heart, you sure know how to push my buttons. Maybe it is because you hold my heart; it’s so easy for you to push my buttons.

Given the amount of time that we spend together and the innate craftiness that you two year olds possess, you know exactly what pisses me off. And more often than not the things you do are just so you can test your limits and see how much I will let you get away with.

Like yesterday when I walked in on you spreading my hand cream all over our bed, I got really mad. But before I could say anything at all you said “Are you ‘posed to do that? You take time out now.” And just as soon as you got to your time-out corner, you asked me “How many more minutes?” only you did it every five seconds until I laughed and said “Ok just don’t do it again and come gimme a hug.”

Also this idolization of your father is getting to be extremely annoying. Just so you know I happen to be the other half of your gene pool and just as important. The moment Daddy walks in through the door, whatever tantrum you were throwing gets quickly forgotten and you turn into a pile of cuteness. You look at me in all seriousness and say things like “Daddy go office. Daddy do busy work.” As opposed to what? Mommy at home NOT doing busy work? I can’t wait for you to grow up and teach you all about gender equality and dignity of labor, as of now I just grin and bear while you ask “Mommy excuse me, can you please make some popcorn and juice for Daddy?” What I want to say is “He can fix his own juice and popcorn.” But instead I say “Sure honey!” At least you have impeccable manners.

It surprises me that you think, just because you do something quick enough Mommy might not notice. And even if I do, you always come back with “Are you ‘posed to do that? I don’t think so!” that leaves me with absolutely nothing to say to you. Not one thing.

Which leads me to ask myself Am I being played by a two year old? Turns out most of us moms are!


Gia! Are you supposed to do that?

Gobble Gobble

But every single day, it amazes us just how smart you are turning out to be.

Like last night when Daddy was half asleep while reading to you and he read

“This is my hat, said crocodile.”

And you turned at him and said

“No Daddy!”

“This is my hat said elephant

“Look! This is E, it sounds like eh”

I don’t think we have ever been more impressed or laughed as hard. All the while you looked at us like we were crazy for not knowing that E is for elephant and not crocodile. Even the two year olds know that!

Since you and I hang out together pretty much all the time, we have good days and bad ones. The good days are awesome, they just rock my boat. And the bad days? Well, now that I think about it, they aren’t that bad at all.



28 Comments Post a comment
  1. Such a fun age, the kids get such a kick out of everything at that age. Your daughter is so cute.

    October 17, 2013
  2. Shefali, enjoy reading your posts. Keep going, one day Gia will look on it, and laugh on it too.

    October 17, 2013
    • I do hope so Seema kaki. I am hoping some day she will get a good laugh out of how she used to be. So glad you are reading.

      October 23, 2013
  3. You look at me in all seriousness and say things like “Daddy go office. Daddy do busy work.” As opposed to what? Mommy at home NOT doing busy work? !!

    The story of each home! Loved the post.

    October 17, 2013
    • So happy to know I am not alone. I detest it when she thinks mom is “just at home”

      October 23, 2013
  4. Are you ‘posed to be that cute ?

    October 17, 2013
  5. Fab #

    Aww, that was lovely!! Honestly, I think we adults do need time outs sometimes :-)

    October 17, 2013
  6. So cute. Kids are so smart these days :-)

    October 17, 2013
  7. OMG, I just loved this post. She seems exactly like my two year old too. Yes, they play us up and yes, as soon as daddy comes home, their sweetness often makes my hubby wonder, why am I complaining about such a sweetiepie!!! We have our bad days too and yes, they always settle with a compromise, mostly by mom but, I hope one day she will grow up and know that her mom has put in so much so that she would always feel safe and cared for. Even when she is an angel and even when she is a devil. (Here, she stands for both mom and daughter!) :)

    October 18, 2013
    • Yea, some times Dad teases me about I. “What do you mean she was terrible? This little angel?” Arrgh :)

      October 23, 2013
  8. You little gal sounds like a complete riot!! Here’s to years and years of fun!

    October 18, 2013
    • She is getting to be so much fun, now that she is older. Who knew kids could have such a great sense of humor. Here! Here!

      October 23, 2013
  9. Awww… Am already missing you two…

    October 18, 2013
    • You have no clue how many time I get to the phone and think..oh she’s probably busy. Miss you too.

      October 23, 2013
  10. This is the most endearing and fun post I’ve ever read. Sounds like Gia is growing up to be a fun and full of spunk lady :)

    October 18, 2013
    • She is totally spunky! Thank you so much for the sweet words. You totally made my day.

      October 23, 2013
  11. So cute! And yes daaaahling, you are totally being played ;).
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    *kisses* H

    October 18, 2013
    • Thanks Heavenly. I just knew I was being played. Hope your weekend is fun too! XO

      October 23, 2013
  12. Your little gal sounds so much my own 2 years old. And yes, they do have us wrapped around their lil fingers, don’t they?

    October 19, 2013
    • You bet they do. But there’s no other way I would rather have it.

      October 23, 2013
  13. Shefali, this is beautifully written. You make me wanna get knocked up, tonight. Haha! Hopefully if I ever have a kid, it’s a GIRL, I mean, a HEALTHY child!

    November 13, 2013
    • I hope its a girl too, they are just the best. Looks like someone is gonna get lucky tonight ;)

      November 19, 2013
  14. Riya Kalsi #

    I have been a silent reader for a long time but lost track in between. this post was amazing and I had to reply.

    Loved that Line –

    “Mommy excuse me, can you please make some popcorn and juice for Daddy?”

    She is growing up quick!

    November 18, 2013
    • She is growing up quick! Thank you for reading and appreciating.

      November 19, 2013

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