Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm Not Stable!

A few weeks ago my girls were trying to crawl all over me when I was kneeling down. And being pregnant I don't have good balance. So I told the girls,

"Mommy's not stable..."

Well, that just started a whole conversation (almost daily) about how

mommy's not stable.

(Yes, I put this on my facebook update, so if it looks familiar...that's why.) Wow, if I had known that I would have to eat those words I would have never said them.

I could have said something about balance, maintaining equilibrium, staying upright, keeping steady, being wobbly....oh the options are endless.....

But noooooooooo, I had to say,

"Mommy's not stable..."

I hear the girls saying it all the time.

One day they were outside playing with the neighbor girl (who's mom was close enough to hear) and I heard them mention,

"my momma's not stable."

Then last night Ellie (she's 2) was laying in bed ready to go to sleep and here's how the conversation went:

Ele: "You're not stable, right?"

Mommy: "Well, only because I'm having a baby and it's hard for mommy sometimes when I'm kneeling down or bending down."

Ele: "But, you're not stable, right?"

Mommy: "Only because my tummy big and it's hard for me...." (she didn't let me finish).

Ele: "But, you're not stable right?"

Mommy: ".....right..."

Ele: "Cause you're so big, right?"

Mommy: "...right..."

Ele: "But, Daddy's stable, right?"

Mommy: "...right..."

A few minutes later she was asleep.

So, I've learned a few things:

Watch what you say to your children, even if you think it's safe.....nothing is safe!
When having a conversation with a 2 year old, stop trying to explain, because they don't care about long explanations (does anyone really?), they just need a one word answer.
Simple and to the point.

I'm sure I will have to explain about why I'm not stable to a few people, but I'm sure the damage will have already been done.