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12:49 pm: 4 would be good... could we have 4, please?
'Cause 3 is kicking my ass. I've read (most notably in "Your Three-Year Old: Friend or Enemy") that turning 4 is a magical turning point, almost to the day. And I am so looking forward to it.

30 Minutes in a Three-Year-Old's Morning*
6:30 MOMMY! Get in here right now! I need to snuggle! (Gee kid, when you put it that way, how can I resist?)
6:32 RIGHT NOW!
6:33 [sighs, snuggles tight against me] Mommy, do you know how much I love you? Higher than the sky, deeper than the ocean, and bigger than the whole wide world.
6:40 I don't want to snuggle. I don't have to pee. I don't want breakfast. I don't want toys. I DO NOT WANT DADDY! DADDY, GO RIGHT BACK DOWNSTAIRS RIGHT NOW! YOU GO DOWNSTAIRS! NOW!
6:45 [Giggling, general hilarity] Where's Daddy? I want to snuggle with Daddy! Let's have family time!
6:47 [Giggling, wrestling, general hilarity]
6:50 I HAVE TO PEE! I can't go by myself! NOT DADDY! MOMMY HAS TO HELP ME!
6:50:30 PLEASE MOOOOMMY!
6:51 I DON'T NEED ANY HELP! I NEED PRIVACY!
6:52 I did it! I went pee in the potty all by myself!
6:52:30 AAAAAAA! I got pee on the seat! I got pee on the seat! [panic ensues, with wild waving of hands, gnashing of teeth, and running in hysterical circles]
6:52:35 [sniff, sniff] OK. Help me pull up my pajamas.
6:53 I DON'T NEED ANY HELP! I CAN DO IT!
6:53:30 My pajamas itch! TAKE OFF MY PAJAMAS!
6:54 I don't want to be naked.
6:54:30 I DON'T WANT TO WEAR CLOTHES! I WANT MY PAJAMAS!
6:55 [Giggling, running around] Let's place chase!
6:55:05 CHASE ME!
6:58 I'm hungry.
6:58:30 I DON'T WANT BREAKFAST. I DON'T WANT YOGURT! I DON'T WANT CEREAL! I WANT A TREAT!
6:59 I DON'T NEED ANY HELP! I CAN DO IT MYSELF.
6:59:15 HELP ME!


* Because who the hell can stand more than that?

Current Location: Boston
Current Mood: tiredtired

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:October 4th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)

Holy Crap!

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I'm exhausted just reading this.

And yet, I think my ADHD dh and 3 yo will do just fine together.

Whew.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 5th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)

The magic number

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is the one I'm still looking for. But 4 is the one I still remember. That was the year, nearly 42 years ago, when I sent all the guests home from The Birthday Party because they were all running in circles, shouting, etc. I was 8 months, 27 days pregnant, you were about two -- and all the guests were 3, turning 4. If I had known the magic number, I could have sent just the 3's home. Oh well.

It was an exhausting 30 minutes today, though! And I'm really too old today!

YoMaMa
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From:katehaney
Date:October 7th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)

Re: The magic number

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I never fully appreciated this story until RIGHT NOW.
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