My toddler, Mase, has a new favorite game.  It’s called, “Wake Up,  Baby! Wake Up!”  This game is best played at around 5:45 a.m., when everyone else is asleep.   It also works during the day, especially when the baby has been sleeping just long enough that he will NOT go back to sleep.

Earlier this month, the game traveled with us to kindergarten orientation.  I could not believe my luck–the baby was asleep for the meeting!  And, I was prepared for my toddler too.  I had toys, books, drawing paper and snacks.

My arsenal lasted a grand total of about five minutes.  Then, Mase spent another five minutes emptying my pockets and purse, searching for more treats. I was OK with his shenanigans until he found a standby feminine product to play with.  Game over.  

But, I was out of ideas and I knew he just couldn’t help his impulse to play his favorite game.  “Stay away from the baby.”  I threatened in my sternest whisper.

“I no wake up baby–baby needs hat,” he replied innocently.   I attempted to put Mase on my lap, but he loudly protested and escaped. “Baby need hat!”  It was too late.  Surprising to my Mase, the baby did not want the hat nor did he want to wake up.  He let us know.

I spent the duration of orientation in the hall, bonding with another mom of a toddler.  Fortunately, my future kindergartner had packed a friend.  I handed her over in an attempt to cheer up my grumpy guy.  The baby stared Cinderella Barbie down, then catapulted her out of his cozy seat.   He was happier after that.

Mase got his energy out.

My 7-year-old came up with her own brilliant toddler-like game.  She and her friend dragged each other with a jump rope. 

 This game did not end well either.  (The school’s jump rope broke and I made her replace it with one of her own jump ropes!  Could I be any meaner?!!  Mooah-ha-ha!  Tears and drama ensued the entire weekend.)

The three kindergarten teacher’s passed my clan and the other mom on their way out.  One of the teachers commented, “Oh, you two are old pros.  You both think you don’t need the orientation because you’ve already been through this.”

I think she was joking.  If not, I have a toddler I would like to lend her for the week.

Grumpy Mom Goal of the Day: Appreciate my always eventful life.


  1. That was unbelievable! Don't you love the way they push your buttons? Toddlers are a handful for sure. Thanks for sharing this story. It was funny, but not for you of course. Glad you survived, to forge on.

  2. You just crack me up.

  3. Thanks for this – it started my day with a chuckle! Oh how I remember those days! Hang in there!

  4. Grumpy, as I read your loyal followers comments a few things stand out…you make us all laugh and we remember those days of being where are you; I've said both things myself on numerous posts. But what we don't say is~ we didn't have this great venue(blogs). This not only makes you feel better by getting it off your chest BUT it entertains the rest of us…and YOU are SO good at it. I don't know where you find the time, but thanks for sharing, and keep it up!

  5. Ahh the games toddlers will play. It's very frustrating.
    I was happy that my hubby came home for my daughter's kinder orientation. He stayed home with the other three kids, and Mommy and daughter got some good time together.

  6. You have to have a sense of humor when you are a mother!! I love to read your blog, thanks for always making me laugh!

  7. Do I need to lend you one of my sitters!!! Too funny!

  8. Ummmm….I have to apologize here….I think my kids have been giving your kids pointers. 😉 Yeah, I can totally relate to this post. On many levels!

  9. I would not be happy with any child that thought it was fun to wake up at 5:45 am. I am not an early morning person. You sure have your hands full with those crazy kids.

  10. Haha I love the photo of him giving that doll the stink eye. Sounds like you had quite an adventure 😉

  11. Grumpy ~ I always enjoy reading your blog! I know that I am not alone in this Crazy thing called Motherhood. 🙂 I can totally relate to the jump rope story.

  12. We do parent so much a like. I just told the Bear that if she doesn't quit stealing from everyone that she'd be taking her own money and buying everything she steals. She did not like that! Heather

  13. I love the way the jump rope got replaced. This sounds like a few days I had as a young mother.

  14. Oh, girl. I have soooo been there! Throw an autistic child who's favorite thing to do is hear himself squeal and you have my life! Isn't motherhood fun? It's never dull. That's for sure!

  15. So funny! I'm sure not funny to you at the time, but funny nonetheless. Jaycee is crazy right now. Seriously. I dread taking her anywhere!! She's getting to that stage that Logan went through when I remember not liking him very well. Is that a horrible thing to say about my own children?

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