Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hide and Seek with Toddlers

Mom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...ready or not, here I come!

3 yr old: hee, hee

Mom: I wonder where he could be? Is he under the pencil? No, not there! In the sippy cup? No, not there! Did he cover his head with a tshirt? Yes! There he is!

3 yr old: Now I count momma. One...two...

Mom: You have to close your eyes!

3 yr old: One...two...

Mom: No, you really have to keep them closed!

3 yr old: One...two...

Mom: All right, you have to go around that corner to count...No, now stay there...Nope, close your eyes and stay there!

3 yr old: Onetwothreefourfive...Here I come! (mom runs down hallway and dives under daughter's bed...18 month old laughs cause mom is running and follows her, pulls the blanket up and yells "MOMMY!" while smiling)

Mom: *whispering* Go... go... go find your paci!

3 yr old: Found you!

Mom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Ready or not, here I come! (walks down hallway to daughter's bed, looks underneath, finds toddler) Gotcha!

3 yr old: I come!

Mom: (has managed to sneak off without 18 month old's notice and find a decent hiding place....waits....and waits....and waits....and waits while toddler plays with toys just outside her hiding place because he has either given up or gotten distracted)

3 yr old: (leaves the room)

Mom: (sneaks out and runs to base and yells: "HOME FREE!")

3 yr old: That's not the base! It's over there!

Mom: Where?

3 yr old: In your room! (which he is strategically positioned himself en route to)

Mom: Why not over there?

3 yr old: Where?

Mom: Over there behind you. (she waits till he turns, and runs for her bedroom and yells, "HOME FREE!")

3 yr old: I was just kidding! The base is in there, momma! (this time not so strategically positioned)

Mom: (runs past 3 yr old and makes it back to original base) "HOME FREE!"

3 yr old? No really it's in there, momma.

Mom: (pretends to run back to her room and lets toddler catch her) Oh, you got me!

Anyone else play this way?

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Yes...I remember those days with S and D. I'm not quite there with J yet. Glad to see your knee is feeling better!! :)