- I say "No-No-No!" on average 2,000,000 times a day;
- I pass out at least three "swats" a week when someone is standing on the kitchen table trying to reach a brownie with chocolate frosting for the umpteenth time that hour;
- I hand out brownies with chocolate frosting for a snack ... AND,
- I look forward, with great anticipation, to "The Wiggles" hour.
Sometimes, I do them all in one day.
Sometimes, I do them all in one hour.
But, there's a good reason. Our kids have unequivocally approached Hurricane Level II. When I look back to my conversation with our Pediatrician this past spring, I realize now that when I expressed concern over our "rambunctious" babies ... at the time, they were only at a "Tropical Storm" categorization. They hadn't really reached the Hurricane level, at all. My Pediatrician knew this. Not only does he care for children, he has a few of his own and he was fully aware that the "issues" I was fretting about, were peanuts. At the time, my babies were just barely walking. They certainly weren't running.
These days, I know what a hurricane feels like. The best image to conjure this sensation, is imagine barreling down a very steep, very slippery slope - towards a very busy road - horribly out of control. And you've got a leg cramp. And a migraine. And you're really hungry because you haven't had an opportunity to eat for several hours. And if you stand still for too long, there is a good chance, your pants will wind up around your ankles because it's too hot to wear overalls. And in the midst of this, a brand new glass from your 12 piece set, was shattered in a million little pieces, by one of three little "tornadoes" that make up this hurricane - while another tornado is running across the room with a pair of ... scissors?? ... SCISSORS!! ... in her mouth ... while the third tornado has figured out how to unlock your telephone and is attempting to call someone in Peru.
Suffice to say ... with three
In those early days, we relied heavily on Baby Einstein videos. For a blessed 30-minutes each and every day ... our babies would
As the babies grew older, we introduced them to Teletubbies. All it took was me saying aloud "It's time for Teletubbies!" and the kids would
We've caught Sesame Street here and there, but because it usually starts just as the kids are going down for their nap, they don't know Elmo from Cookie Monster. Ernie from Bert. Oscar from Big Bird.
It came to be that whatever show the babies were watching - I would watch, too. Sometimes, I'd catch the show while I'd be cleaning up the room
After watching the Teletubbies for about two months, Charlie and I both came to the conclusion that whoever was responsible for the creation and production of that show - were on some serious, and most likely, illicit drugs. We had this realization regarding the
In my opinion, all you need to have a successful band, are four guys with dark hair and a British-sounding accent. It will certainly help if one or two of the guys can play the guitar, and if all of them can carry a tune. The thing about "The Wiggles" - much like "The Beatles" - is that they really can sing quite well. Even though "The Wiggles" are considered "children's music" the lyrics aren't too bad. When you think of it, "Driving a Big Red Car" is not nearly as far fetched as "Living in a Yellow Submarine."
What I've noticed is that if I so much as reach for the remote control, our kids run and grab loveys and dive bomb their couch. They will remain seated just until the band starts playing, and then within moments, all three of them are up,
There is no doubt ... our toddlers are wiggling to "The Wiggles" and it is absolutely hysterical.
At our house, each and every night ... I can guarantee that in the 30-minutes before dinner time, our children are all-out laughing and wiggling to "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport!" I can also guarantee that between the hours of 8 PM and 11 PM ... Charlie and I can't stop singing "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport!" We are so enamored with this song ... we're seriously considering the purchase of a wobble board.
What I'm getting at ... is that it's not just the kids who are hooked on "The Wiggles".
I'm not ashamed of our addiction to this children's band. But, I was a little surprised when I was at the store recently, by myself, and a woman at the deli counter asked me "Ah, I'll bet you have a toddler at home?" I gave her a blank stare and said "Actually, I have three. How did you know? Can you hear them?!?" And she replied "I figured you must since you know all the words to 'Henry the Octopus'!!"
Yep, that would be a dead give away. But "Dorothy the Dinosaur" on our iPod would be a good indication, too.