I have always wondered whether or not my children, as well as my dog, realize that mommy doesn’t see like everyone else. Back when I used to take my dog to the dog park, he would tear off every which way if my husband was also there. However, if it was just he and I, he never ran further than ten feet away from me.
Even now, with two toddlers, I am often asked how I manage to keep track of them at the park or indoor play gyms. It’s really no effort at all. My children are really great with checking in with me every few minutes. I used to put my daughter in squeaky shoes when I took her to the park, but the shoes usually came off as soon as we got there. I have heard of some moms putting bells in the laces of their kids shoes. So with my son, I sometime put bells on his overalls, just because he can’t reply when I call him yet. He’s also a sneaky little boo gar, that loves to get into everything.
Now that the kids are suffering from yet another cold in this endless cold and flu season, I am constantly wiping and sucking snot out of their noses. This is quite tricky with squirmy toddlers. Since I can’t see if there is a string of snot running down one of their faces, I just have to keep on top of it. The tricky part is practically squishing the one year old to keep his hands in place with my belly and arms and doing a fast, yet very careful nose suck. I keep one hand on the face both to keep his head still and also as a guide for the other hand that does the sucking. My three year old is much better at understanding that Mommy needs to see with her fingers to make sure everything is clean.
Last night, we sat and watched the Lion King on the couch and I clipped 20 fingernails and 20 toenails. I always amaze myself when I accomplish this task. I can’t exactly describe my trick for managing not to cut any fingers or toes. It just comes with lots and lots of practice and patience.
Tonight I just had to share what Marley said to me at dinner. We usually keep the TV off during dinner, but tonight, we just turned the sound down and put some music on in the background. It was the scary part of Coraline, and Marley kept asking me, “Mama what’s happening?” I kept telling her that I didn’t know. So after the tenth or so time of her asking, I said, “Marley, remember that Mommy can’t see like you do. I can’t see what’s happening on the TV.” So, to add to her adorable quotable Marley quotes, she replies, “See with your fingers Mom!”