Family Kitty

The inevitability of toddlers


There is a certain wild unpredictability about toddlers that I think must be designed by nature expressly to prevent us Mamas from ever becoming complacent or having that feeling that you’ve got it together for more than about a minute.  You wake up and wonder: will she like cucumber today, when yesterday it was “very not tasty Mummy!”? will the shirt that was put on this morning amidst a rather tearful and lengthy ‘discussion’ ever be removed without a maelstrom of more tears? and was yesterday’s seeming decision not to eat any of the Playdoh a fluke, a sign of progress, or simply the result of an ability to hide it a bit better?

But in all of that uncertainty there are a few stalwarts of consistency.

You know that the day you send her to nursery in her favourite t-shirt they will have soup for tea, purple glittery painting time, or both.

You know that regardless of which toy she declared her undying love to last night as she fell asleep, her current favourite is the one that her little sister is surreptitiously trying to make off with, or better yet, the one her little sister is holding, because it actually belongs to her.

And above all, you know that no matter how much she enjoyed doing a little bit of scissors and paste at her friend’s birthday party,


no matter how attached she got to the resulting ladybird party hat, 20130824-DSC_0012

no matter how carefully her father fitted it to her size,

it isn’t Kitty who’s going to end up wearing it, as all around the room, loving fathers are besieged by tiny scissor wielding toddlers waving red paper plate creations, and instructing their chief minion “you wear it Daddy!”


So with the blessing of my husband who knows I took this photo and that I’m putting it on the blog, it’s over to you for a little #SatCap fun.



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  • Mary @over40andamumtoone 07/09/2013 at 10:05 am

    This is what everyone was wearing at Ascot this year you know

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:22 pm

      Love it!

  • ManAndBuggyBlog 07/09/2013 at 10:40 am

    “Like the hat? You should see my shoes!”

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:30 pm

      I’d better not suggest that to Kit – she’d be on it before you could say Pritt Stick!

  • MummyNeverSleeps 07/09/2013 at 12:38 pm

    You ain’t seen nothing yet! *produces matching handbag*

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:34 pm

      If only!

  • Actually Mummy... 07/09/2013 at 1:03 pm

    The science experiment appeared to have gone well. The big scary man had been tamed and was now wearing a benign expression of vague confusion. Job well done…

    • Carie 09/09/2013 at 4:40 pm

      Too true! I suspect benign confusion in the default setting for most of our parenting!