Hi Addie.

It’s hard to be your mom sometimes. You’re very opinionated. You’re very smart. A little too smart.

Addie and her Daddy.

Well, okay. So maybe it’s not hard to be your mom, just a mom in general.

You touch me a lot. Especially the soft spot on my belly. Part of me is glad I have that little soft spot because who wants a hard mom? Also? That soft spot is from you. So really? It’s okay. It’s just awkward out in public (and I mean awkward in the proper sense of the word.)

I think every day this week has gone from the worst day of your life to the best day of your life in a matter of hours. You have told each of us (including sissy’s new boyfriend) that we have ruined your life at one time or another not to mention you have pestered me within an inch of my life with questions.

Breakfast with Addie (and her pearls.)

You’ve become a picky eater, you’re about to lose a tooth and you’ve started using the word “appropriate” in inappropriate situations. You suckered grandma in to buying you Barbie Bandaids and you insist that Grandma and Grandpa’s new dog is yours. So needless to say I’m not looking forward to the moment we pull away leaving the dog behind and you go on a rampage demanding a dog.

But you’re funny. I’m going to be keeping you around and working on my patience. You could never ruin my life. And no day could ever be the worst day of my life if it involves you. You love me so much, and most of the time that comes through in you touching me and hugging me and touching me and squeezing me and petting me a lot. A LOT.

Not to mention the questions. And the rebellion. And you’re only 5 (and a half.)

Breakfast with Addie (and her pearls.)

But still. I love having you around. Sorry if I get frustrated and threaten to pop your head off…you laughing at me when I threaten such a thing is the proper response. Keep it up. xx


  1. My 5 year old told me the same thing a few weeks ago. She told me she got it from a Barbie movie. LOL. So much for Barbie being such a great influence. I have to admit it was pretty funny though.

  2. Savannah C says:

    My 5yo tells me ALL THE TIME that I have made her sad for the rest of her life and the only thing that can make her not sad is inset whatever I’ve said no to. haha

  3. Could she be any cuter? (No. That curly hair KILLS me! And also, her hilarity.)

  4. She’s adorable.

    Funny thing. My sons used to laugh at me, too. I became the master of preposterous threats, if only to go along with the program. “One more word out of you and I’m going to rip off your lips and stick ’em in your ear. And then you won’t be able to hear anybody because you talk too much anyway. And then you’ll have to REALLY brush your teeth because right now? they’re disgusting and that’s all people are going to see – those huge teeth and those big ears. So there.”

    They didn’t believe me.

  5. I love this post. You have captured a day in MY life. It must be the age. Mine is 6 1/2 and her thing is I don’t love her. Come ON now. Really? And I NEVER let her do anything. I know I’m such a BAAAAAAAAD mother.

    Thank you for this. It made my day. (even better)

  6. I just love the second picture. You can feel how strong her personality really is. Too cute!

  7. You took the words right out of my mouth. Samantha is 3 going on 13. She touches me all the time too, belly and chest included. There are days the question drive within a inch of my sanity too. I tell my hubby all the time she is going to drive me to drink. LOL. Then she says, “mommy, mommy, mommy” “What?!?” i respond impatiently because I cannot take ONE more question that day. “I love you”, she exclaims…then I feel like the worst mom ever!!

  8. My almost-5-year-old talks all the time. It’s mostly variations on the theme “why.” She and her brother also enjoy pushing on my stomach and singing “Squishy tummy.” It’s endearing. (No it isn’t, but plenty of their other habits are.)

  9. Hehe that last part makes me laugh… that she laughs at you when you threaten crazy things… 🙂 you guys are fun.

  10. L.O.L. I love how hyperbolic kids can be. 🙂 She’s cute. 🙂

  11. Silly me, I thought they didn’t “act like teenagers” until they were actually there in age… until I had friends with daughters! She is adorable, love the haircut.

  12. Heh, she’s just so cute!

  13. Our kids have a similar way of showing affection. On the one hand, ALWAYS WITH THE TOUCHING MY WORD YOU MUST STOP.
    On the other, I’m glad you like me. Don’t stop. Except maybe stop a little. But I’m glad you like me.

  14. I could not help but crack up laughing at that last line. Oh my kids laugh when I threaten things like that. Gotta love em. Course I also remember age 5 and have a very picky eater, boy are there stories there. I think one day, when your daughter reads this she’ll know you love her no matter what. Take care, it only gets better.

    BTW- good luck on the dog. That can become a tough situation.

  15. Oh little A –
    you have no idea how bad it can get. Just wait, in a few years, “you’ve ruined my life” will take on a whole new meaning.

    Love you to the fullest. I really do.

  16. They truly are awesome, aren’t they? I often think of that saying, “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you are the world.” Even if we ruin their lives multiple times a day, the hugs make it all worth it.
    And the hair? I.Love.It.

  17. Oh em gee.

    I not only love the post because of it’s honesty–but because someone else’s child touches their belly and does so because it’s soft and does it in public! I thought my kid was the only one! (He doesn’t like Dad’s belly because it’s hairy and rough.)

    Does/did she ever “open” your belly? That’s when he lifts my shirt, lifts his shirt, and lays across my belly with his belly.

    Gah. I never thought I’d type THOSE words on the internets…

  18. This morning I was told that I am the WORST mother ever and I’m bad and mean because . . . I wouldn’t iron a skirt for Alexis, nor did she want to wear the dress I ironed for her last night.

    We so totally suck.

  19. I keep telling myself that it’s great my daughter is getting out all her rebellion and attitude now, while she’s little. But in the back of my head there is a little voice saying, “She’s just warming up.”

  20. This is such a great post. Love it.