Passing the torchPosted: August 5, 2014 Filed under: Dear Chipmunk, Dear LP, kids, parenting | Tags: growing up, middle child, Parenting 11 Comments
Dear Chipmunk and LP,
Congratulations! Chipmunk, you have officially passed the Trouble Torch to your little brother. What is the Trouble Torch? Why, it is the torch carried by the child who is most often in trouble.
You carried it faithfully for over two years, Chipmunk. From the time you started walking and talking, you’ve been a small yelling machine. After being such an easy going baby, I have to hand it to you, that was a good trick you played and me and your father.
Speaking of your father, I blame him for your prolonged torch carrying. He’s quick to anger and quick to forgive; you seem to take after him. (I think later, that characteristic will be endearing. Not right now though, sorry.) I admit that it gives me secret chuckles to watch you guys get under each others’ skin. Then again, I’m pretty sure he laughs just as hard when Mouse and I have week-long, silent standoffs.
LP, it looks like you are going to be a very diligent Trouble Torch bearer. Every morning you wake at sunrise and devote every single waking moment to something I’d rather you didn’t do.
My favorite is when you acquire small objects to drop into the heater intake. A lot of people think it is funny, that you couldn’t possibly know that it is wrong. I beg to differ, because when I spot you getting my driver’s license out of my wallet, it seems mightily suspicious that you high tail it to the heater grate with a maniacal laugh.
Let’s not forget the rearranging of anything and everything in a drawer, hurling food and utensils just for fun, or learning how to undo the baby gate before you learn to walk. Then there is the dying chicken squawk-cry that you have when you don’t get your way. That doesn’t get on my nerves at all.
I guess you’re both growing up. Chipmunk, you are turning into a little girl. LP, you are really getting the hang of toddlerhood. You’ve had a pretty hilarious relationship so far. I can’t say that LP has really appreciated you in the past, Chipmunk, but I think that is changing.
Aside from driving me to my wit’s end, you guys are doing pretty well. You should stick together, you’ll be the middle children, after all.
Your tired mother
Oh LP is getting SO big! So good to a new photo. He definitely has a little twinkle in his eye. ; )
P.S. Does that ladybug toy drive you mad as well?? Ahh!
Oh my gosh, it does drive me crazy! But it is the current favorite, and keeps them playing in their room for a little longer in the morning, so I can’t complain.
Oh he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing! And man, he is really a boy now and not a baby…..time flies. I’m betting that LP and Chipmunk are always going to have a special relationship.
Time does fly, I feel the same when I read about O on your blog. One day we are going to be blogging about our tweens, yikes!
Are you sure you weren’t writing this post about Camden?! That boy is driving me nuts! Carter was pretty chill as a toddler and I got very lucky, so I guess this one has got to be the complete opposite. Good thing they’re cute!
See, I would have never thought that from the pictures, he seems so sweet! At least we get to hold virtual hands while these kids kick our butts. ;)
How could you ever get upset over the actions of these cherubs? (They all have mischievous gleams in their eyes; I know it well. Good luck to you!)
How cute are they???
Bah. Cherubs. I do find them cute. When I’m not yelling at them. ;)
I just love this! That first picture of LP is just the best :)
I love that picture too, I think it was from last year. There was a long period of time when Chipmunk was, ahem, *too* loving to her little brother. I have so many pictures like this one, ha!
I’ve missed these posts. Thanks for making me laugh out loud in the middle of the night while Wyatt tortures me with 2 hour nursing adventures