Adventures in Toddler Parenting

“Star Lord!” my son asked for the 15th time in about seven days. I suppose on one hand I could be stoked that my child is obsessed with a movie I actually enjoy rather than, say, Barney. But there are only so many times one can watch the same movie before wondering when sanity ends and insanity begins. I am guessing it is somewhere around the 100th viewing, which we passed a little over a week into his obsession with Groot and Star Lord.

When I was younger, my obsession was La Bamba, though I wasn’t two. For movie obsessions prior to La Bamba, you’ll have to consult with my mother. But, I have fond memories of watching that movie and singing along to “Oh Donna” many, many, many times.

Aside from his recent indoctrination into the nerdom, my son has also begun forming strong opinions. Such as:
“I like pizza, that yucky pizza,” referring to my Mexican Pizza.
“Gross. EWWW Mama!” in response to my drinking a LaCroix.
“Sit Mama! Eat Mama,” him every morning as he himself refuses to sit and eat.
“Mustard! Honey mustard! Yucky mustard,” in response to learning that all mustard is not in fact honey mustard. (I feel you on this one buddy)
“I pooped,” anytime he did not in fact poop.
“I’m wet,” anytime he pooped.
“I go home,” anytime we are out to eat and the food arrives.
“More fruit snacks!” after his fifth bag of fruit snacks (at what point does a child actually turn into a fruit snack?).
“I go to Target,” every time he isn’t quite ready for bed … this kid knows my weaknesses.
“Mama!” pointing to any Starbucks cup or logo he sees.

It’s been amazing and awe-inspiring to watch his personality grow over the past two years. He has a strong confidence that is bold and courageous. It’s almost as if he knows exactly who he is and what his purpose is and he’s just patiently waiting for the rest of us to figure it out.

We’re working onĀ it buddy, be patient with us.

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