It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Introducing Obsessive-Boy…

“No-soot! No-soot! No-soot! Outside!”

“That’s right. We’re going outside, Nigel. We’re putting on your nice blue snowsuit. One leg… There! And your oth–”

“Hat! Hat! Hat! Hat! Hat! Hathathathathathathathathathathat…”

“Your hat comes next, bud. Right now, we’re still putting on your snowsuit.”

“Hat! Hat! Hat! Hat! Hat!”

Snowsuit. One arm, the other –”

“Hat! Hat! Hat! Hat! Hathathathat!”

“Not yet. First the snowsuit. The other arm, and zip one zip, and the other zip. There! And now your hat! Hurray! Pop it on top, tie it under yo–”

“Mittie! Mitties! Mittiemittiemittiemittiemittie…”

“Not yet. And tie it under. your. chin. There. Your hat is on. What’s next? Mittens, right? Let’s get those mittens on. Hold out your hand, budd–”

“Boots! Boots! Boots! Bootbootbootbootbootboot…”

……. sigh …….

© 2006, Mary P

December 5, 2006 - Posted by | individuality, quirks and quirkiness, the dark side


  1. or maybe just really-really-well-prepared boy. he’s just doing his part to make sure you don’t forget anything. dylan used to do this when i would put him in his carseat. he’d immediately start yelling, “kari, don’t forget my seatbelt! kari, my seatbelt! SEATBELT!” i was like, “yes, dyl, i’m getting to it; i have to put your stuff down here first…” but really, they’re just trying to be helpful.

    … they are, right?

    Comment by lara | December 5, 2006 | Reply

  2. Oh, that’s not normal toddler behaviour? Shoot. I often feel our breakfast time is more stressful than working in a 4-star kitchen, with my little sous chef barking “CEREAL! DATES!!!! HOLD BOWL. MAMA’S BOWL. MORE SAUSAGE! PLEASE!” and on and on and on for 20 minutes, with small breaks for being reminded to say PLEASE. UGH.

    Comment by stefanierj | December 5, 2006 | Reply

  3. I really love your Nigel posts, because he and my son are about the same age. Mine also gets fixated on certain things. My technique at the moment is to stop what I’m doing and say, “Look at Mama’s eyes, please.” That usually allows enough of a pause to refocus his attention. Sometimes I have to emphasise with a clap, or come over and hold his hands. It’s hilarious when he doesn’t want to be distracted and his head moves towards me, innocent look on his face, but his eyeballs remain firmly on his toy.

    Comment by Kat O+ | December 5, 2006 | Reply

  4. Yeah, the new Repeat Ad Nauseum funton is getting a real workout at our house too. Buying ear plugs soon… Also the I do it! refrain, which has at at least one point involved her undoing what I did so that she cold do it herself. Sigh.

    Comment by kittenpie | December 6, 2006 | Reply

  5. Nigel?

    Comment by Jenorama | December 12, 2006 | Reply

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