Familiar, Yet Annoying, Toddler Behavior

Right now, I’m sitting on the couch beside Norton.  I’m witnessing some of the usual toddler behavior: he’s clutching his pillow and sitting with his thumb in his mouth.  There’s something else he’s doing, and this is making me absolutely crazy.  He’s putting his feet on me.  This is easily one of the more annoying examples of toddler behavior.  That his feet keep ending up back on me no matter how many times I move them is only making this even more irritating.

While I’m getting annoyed, I’m also remembering times with my own mother.

When I was little, I used to put my feet on my mom when we were on the couch.  I remember her getting annoyed and yelling “Get your feet off of me!” as she’d knock them off of her lap.  I remember her complaining that my feet were cold or that it was uncomfortable.  As I sit here with my son’s ice cold feet on my arm, I am annoyed.  And mildly cold.  Plus, he wiggles them a lot, which gives me minor motion sickness when he jiggles my laptop desk.  I’m also starting to notice that ice cold little toddler feet feel very, very odd on my arm.  This does not make watching Elmo’s Potty Time for the eleventy billionth time even slightly more tolerable.

So this has caused me to come to a few conclusions.  1.) My son does a lot of things like I do.  That includes coming up with ways to be irritating.  2.) I have become my mother.

She is, no doubt, sitting somewhere and laughing at me.  I’m contenting myself with the knowledge that someday I will have grandchildren who will annoy Norton with their own ice cold little feet, thus continuing the circle of life.

Do your children repeat toddler behavior that you remember doing to your own parents?  Is your reaction like your parents’ reaction, or different?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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