Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tenderness

Last night I collapsed onto the couch, grateful that Hot Stuff was finally home to bear some of the brunt of childcare. He was in the kitchen making dinner (he's Hot Stuff for more than just looks, y'all) and I was looking forward to a couple of minutes of sitting by myself.

Not so.

See, I'm pretty sure there's some sort of strange magnetic connection between Dojo and me. Maybe they didn't cut the chord just right--maybe there's an invisible thread still connecting us. Whatever it is, Dojo cannot--CANNOT--let me just sit. The second I sit down anywhere he is suddenly plastered against me.

I get a little tired of being touched all day every day.

So naturally, as soon as I sat down on the couch he was lying across my lap, elbowing and kneeing and heatbutting in his exuberant affection. I opened my mouth to complain to Hot Stuff that Dojo never leaves me alone when the little creature looked up at me, grinned, and said, "Mama? You're the best mommy ever."

Melt.

Melt melt melt.

"Oh, Dojo, thank you!"

Nayna, who was, of course, also sitting so close she was touching me, looked up and smiled. "I like Daddy the best."

21 comments:

Natalie said...

Huh, mine never say anything nice. They just elbow me and cry when I scream out in pain.

JaneyV said...

Small Son hit me with a large plastic toy box once and split my lip. My friend's son headbutted her yesterday and split her nose (she's held together with butterfly strips). Nobody warns you about the violence.

I totally get what you mean about being sick of being touched though. Reclaiming your body is a rite of passage for every mother.

Nayna and Dojo are too cute!

Anthony said...

He he he Awwwwww (sniff) awwwwwww!

All to soon, all too soon, they are older and you'll be sitting there in the kitchen crying over a Binky you found stuffed in the back of a drawer wondering where the babies went.

Not, of course, that I have ever done anything like that.

Kiersten said...

Oh, I'm almost there. Good thing I want another one.

Too bad my @*$&^#@ body isn't cooperating.

Merc said...

Aww. :D So cute!

Lady Glamis said...

Sounds like my house except I just have one... I hope your body cooperates soon. :(

Kiersten said...

Janey--I know, you think the whole violence and bleeding part is just delivery. Oh, no. No no no.

Merc--Thanks ; )

Glam--It's great--with two they get to fight over who is touching more square inches of your body ; )

Kelly H-Y said...

Very funny ... and what a sweet comment from Dojo!

DebraLSchubert said...

Kiersten, Where did you come up with the names for your kids? Inquiring minds want to know.;-)

Mariah Irvin said...

So cute!

Kiersten said...

Oh dear, Debra, my kids are not actually named Nayna and Dojo. Nor is my husband named Hot Stuff. Nayna and Dojo are nicknames.

Kat said...

Lol!

And I'm kinda disappointed that Dojo and Nayna are nicknames- I thought they were so cute and original!

Kiersten said...

Ha, sorry, Kat. I wouldn't name my son after a karate studio...

If it makes you feel any better, we use their nicknames more than their real names.

Megs said...

So sweet. Nayna knows just how to say it, I guess - ! Maybe it's a daddy-daughter thing. I'm totally expecting that to be the case with mine. Good thing you have Dojo "on your side"...constantly...and often literally...;)

candicekennington said...

I think the magnetic thing is actually a boy thing. They just need their mommies. Mine is ALWAYS right next to me or wanting to sit on my lap. I have a friend with 5 boys and she says it doesn't change as they get older they still love their mommies!

Lauren Emily said...

I like Noah the best too, I think.

Sorry. It's those beautiful blue eyes.

Kiersten said...

Lauren, you big creeper.

Whirlochre said...

Now that Son-of-Whirl is old enough to realise he's supposed to wash every day so therefore he mustn't under any circumstances, the whole touchy thing is best left at the discretion of the barge pole.

But Geoff likes her creature comforts. If we leave the lounge door open by accident, I often wake to the morning's gay aura with a cat-shaped hat.

Carrie Harris said...

I think Dojo and my Batson are possibly related, because he just did the same thing yesterday. (Was it yesterday? Could have been the day before. Will it ruin the comment if I got the timing wrong!?!?) Only he said both Dojo's and Nayna's lines.

Ashley said...

Kids are so honest!

writtenwyrdd said...

That's too funny! A coworker of mine told me once (regarding his adorable trio of blonde little girls, then aged 3, 5 and 7) that they do all that cute stuff and tug on your heartstrings and it's like money in the bank, into the I Love You account, to be used against the day when they do something bad. So, now when I see a kid doing something especially cute I hear, "Cha-ching!" and remember his story!