Me, to my almost 6 and 1/2 year old: "Put your shorts on."
Five minutes later, "Put your shorts on."
Two minutes after that, "Put your shorts on."
Two more minutes after that, "Dude [Yes, I call my son "Dude"], really? Put those on. What did I say? Are you listening?"
Me, to my newly 4 year old: "Go potty"
Five minutes later, "Did you go potty? No? Go potty."
Two minutes after that, "Now. You need to go potty. Now. Todaaay. [There's the impatient New Yorker in me coming out]"
A minute later...
Me, to the 16 month old: "No, no. No, touch."
A minute later: "No, no, no. No, touch. Come over here and play with the school bus."
Two minutes later, a sigh from me: "Baby. No, touch, I said. No, no....okay, okay, okay... [because he's screaming and crying in protest at this point, so I'm rocking him] would you like a ball. Look, ball!"
Five minutes later: "Oh, baby. No, touch! I think it's time for nap." It definitely is for Mommy.
And the above is everyday, throughout the day, several times a day times three.
I'm not complaining.
I'm just a mechanical toy.
Automatic. In a constant state of verbal repetition. That's me. I feel like you just need to push that button located on my back and off I go. Uh huh.
Out come the same words, several times in one cycle, in a matter of several minutes.
Like now, as I type - me, to the almost 6 and 1/2 year old: "Sssh, not so loud. The baby's sleeping."
Hmmm... Uh, here it comes again: "Sssh...Dude...the baby's sleeping."
Moms and Dads out there, do you ever feel like this? Please share. I'm hoping I'm not the only one...Uh oh, if I am...