Monday, August 08, 2011

two things


1. Eva has been having an OCD-like compulsion to wash her hands.

She washes her hands like a surgeon scrubbing in for surgery.

She washes her hands for far too long, and sometimes multiple times in a row.

She has developed rashes on her wrists and fingers from too much hand-washing.

She has been banned from hand-washing until her skin heals, and is only allowed to use a bit of hand sanitizer for the time being.

It's completely counter-intuitive to tell your child not to wash her hands.



2. She has her first loose tooth.

My kids get their teeth late and lose their teeth late. She has been waiting for this for a long time.

Still. My heart hurts a little bit that my baby is leaving this stage of childhood behind. Soon she will have those big, awkward permanent teeth. Soon she may no longer be 100% cute.

How can you simultaneously be anxious for your children to grow and be more independent, etc. and yet want to hold them back, to keep them small for awhile longer?

This motherhood gig is perpetually perplexing.

9 comments:

Tasha said...

I completely understand with the baby not being a baby anymore...Its a conundrum, you have more free time, and they need you less...

patsy said...

i COMPLETely understand the washing hands-- brian did the same thing at her age-- and totally grew out of it. Of course I had to ban washing of hands too...
crazy

Of course other people not to be named have ocd for real... but not washing of hands!

I HATE my baby NOT being a baby and he's 12- it stinks. I'm having a hard time not saying things like "my little guy" etc. It's just plain wrong

Jill said...

"Perpetually perplexing" is really the perfect description of motherhood.

Charlotte said...

Hmmm, Eva's hand-washing fixation is a little concerning. I hope the hand-washing ban helps her out!

Sometimes the motherhood gig freaks me out a bit. I don't if I'll ever feel ready to be a mother. Thankfully, that scale is not my only determinant for motherhood!

Susan@besusan.com said...

"perplexing motherhood gig" too funny and I couldn't describe it any better!

P.s. It never ends.....

Kelly said...

I hope the hand washing ban helps to moderate her love of washing. Ouch!

Phoebe is dying to lose her first tooth, which all her sisters had by this point in age. She doesn't have any loose ones at all yet, and I am secretly so pleased. I love those perfectly even tiny teeth.

jenn said...

Ethan lost his first tooth last week- one week before his 7th birthday! He lost the second one a couple of days later. It is one of the saddest days for me, when a child loses a tooth, because they start to talk different and the cute little person stage ends and they move into the awkward growing stage which isn't pretty for anyone. You can't keep them small forever, but some days I wish I could.

Rebekah said...

Oh, the Monster Teeth. Ha. Girls really take that awkward phase the hardest.

crystal said...

I get so sad when my children start to lose their teeth. It changes their face from Little Kid Cutie Pie Face to...

Big Kid Face.

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