Sunday, March 19, 2006

Morning Mayhem

If you're a toddler's parent, you've seen one of these mornings, and if you aren't... one day you DEFINATELY will.

Imagine that it's 6:35 in the morning. You're on a clock and every minute counts. You've "oh so perfectly" timed every move, keeping traffic in mind, so you make it to work on time (when you work in a school, timing is important). As you're gathering your last minute things (keys, purse, lunch, cell phone...) your little one realizes that she won't take one step out of the house until she has a particular toy. The ONLY toy that you can't find at that particular moment.

Ok, sudden panic attack! Can't leave the house without it (child will hear none of that). Finding it in the vast spaces and corners of your home seems like a task that will take minutes (seemingly HOURS).

What would you do?

Put everything down and look for the toy, of course!

This morning we saw a similar situation. Where Iman decided that she couldn't leave the house without her "baby" (a doll that she is extremely fond of). She was adamant that she was going to take baby to school today. So Omair and I frantically started our search, and when we finally discovered baby, she was UNDRESSED! I tried to get away with it, by telling Iman that sometimes baby doesn't need to wear clothes, and upon hearing that, Iman started undressing herself. And the search was on AGAIN, this time for baby's clothes.

Finally Omair discovered her faded pink jumpsuit under the sofa and now... keys, purse, lunch, phone, Iman AND the now clothed baby in tow. We headed toward the car. Horribly late, but immensely satisfied.


At 9:01 PM, Blogger mayya said...

classic :D

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Asma said...

Oh that's so funny, I can just imagine the whole scene! Toddlers bring with them a whole new batch of stories. I'm glad that Omair was there to help you in this emergency situation! I wonder what stories Ibrahim will bring once he grows a bit older!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger DariushAlavi said...

Yet another reason why you and O are such good parents. Had I experienced a trauma similar to the one Iman went through, I'm afraid my parents' reaction would've been to shove me out of the house, fling me into the car and respond to my tears by smacking me and saying, "Stop crying, otherwise we'll give you a real reason to cry."

Ahh, happy memories...

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...


At 9:24 PM, Anonymous y2kmicrochick said...

I know this may sound bad .... but it makes me feel better to know - that there other souls out there who do the whole "balance everything or face the music act" out there. From the 6:30 sloppy kisses in the morning .... to having favourite dolly ready,The right shoes for the park (ones that don't let the sand in) diet rules- the energy levels in snacks (can't give sugary or high energy snacks before nap or bedtime) Lighting in the room, and type of childrens programmes that naaji is allowed to watch .... everything has to be timed to precision and honed to perfection .... or either i miss sleep or homework gets left undone. But it is ohhhhhhh so sweet when you DO manage to pull it off.


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