My 5 year-old is currently in a “MOM, Watch this!” stage. I give her as much of my attention as I can but if I so much as blink while she’s showing me something, I’ll be in big trouble.
Mom? MOOOOM? Watch this! Watch this, mom!
*she stands on one foot*
I’ll be thinking “she screamed for me to come out of the bathroom after my shower and I’m dripping wet and all she wanted to show me was her standing on one foot?”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t have any interest. But she yells out with such urgency that I don’t know what to expect. There’s also times when I’m not even quite sure what she’s trying to show me. Um, did my kid just drag me off of the toilet to see that she can stand perfectly still?
Once she shows me whatever it is, I clap and say YAY, and then it continues.
Mom! Watch this!
*she does a cartwheel*
My attention is slightly taken away when one of our cats comes racing through the room like a maniac and then disappears. Oh shit, I’m in trouble.
Mom, you weren’t watching! MOM, WATCH!
Okay, sweetie, okay.
*does the cartwheel again*
I clap and say Yay, good job, sweetie!
Mom! Mom? MOM?! Where are yooooou!
Come down quick!
What is it?
You have to come down here!
Okay, give me a sec.
*she smiles with an orange slice in her mouth*
He he he, that’s cute. I need to go back up and finish drying my hair.
Wait, mom, wait! Watch this!
*she hops up and down*
It’ll be the buttcrack of dawn. Mom, wake up, watch this, mom!
*she jumps up on the bed and body slams me*
MOM! You weren’t watching!
Sweetie, I wasn’t watching because I’m still asleep.
Well, watch me this time.
*jumps on the bed and body slams me again*
Okay, that’s enough. Can you get off me so I can use the bathroom?
No, I don’t want you to go. Watch this first! Mom? Mom! MOM? Watch this!
*jumps on the bed and then onto the floor*
Yay, okay, I’m going to pee myself if I don’t go to the bathroom.
As much as the “MOM, watch this!” stage can sometimes get on my last nerve, I’m enjoying it while I can. Before long, she’s going to be moody, hormonal, and sulky, and won’t want me to be around.