Love Overflowing

All I want to do is pee

Let me preface this post by saying: If you know me, you know that I love my daughter more than life itself. She is the best thing that I ever did. I wouldn’t trade one bad day with her for a million good days without her. But…………..

Sometimes I just need to be by myself. I need to have 5 minutes where I am not holding her, talking to her, answering her questions. She is going through a phase. God, I hope it’s a phase. She wants her mommy and only her mommy most of the time. In church, she wants her mommy to pick her up. Emily only wants to hold mommy’s hand in parking lots or on walks. At home, she wants to sit by her mommy. She doesn’t want her daddy to sit by her mommy or hug her mommy.

The other night, Emily got mad at Stephen because he was on *her spot* on the couch. So he moved over next to me. “NO!!! NO!!! Daddy!!! MY MOMMY!!!!!” She came running over to the couch and pryed Stephen away from me.

Tonight, she was playing with her barn next to her daddy. All I wanted to do was pee in peace. I went into the bathroom in our bedroom and shut the door. I heard “Mommy???” “Mommy????” being yelled throughout the house. Seriously??? I couldn’t even get 2 minutes to pee.

I am glad Emily loves me. “Luv too mommy” is what I hear when I tell her a million times a day that I love her. I know she loves her daddy. I don’t know if it’s because I am more nurturing or what. She gets in trouble with me just the same with Stephen. Although I seem to be a little more gentle. Maybe that’s it. I ask her to give me things instead of taking them away off the bat. I give her a chance to do what I say before I get angry or forceful. I do not negotiate but I give her a chance to do things in toddler fashion. It might not always be the fastest but…. My theories are: Pick your battles. Not everything is a battle. And…..You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Please and thank you go a long way with a toddler. They don’t want to be ordered around like a prisoner. Show them respect and you get as much respect as you can get from a two year old.

Please tell me this is a phase. Please tell me that she will become attached to her Daddy. Or half way attached to her daddy. Please tell me that one day, I will be able to pee in peace.