The Messy Files

by Courtney Sirotin on April 7, 2012

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Lest anyone think the title of this blog, I Am A Mess, was intended to be tongue n’ cheek, I offer you…

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The task, of course, was simple: prepare lunch for Dylan.

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I want to tell you this mess was an exaggeration but I can’t. It gets worse.

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The ridiculous part is that he doesn’t even eat anything. All this mess was created for a kid who eats a thimble’s worth of food for lunch.

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Adding to the chaos was a sensory exploration project gone awry. I filled a big bowl with dry noodles and gave Dylan more bowls, measuring cups and various kitchen utensils to dig and sort the pasta.

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Dumping it all on the ground and crunching it with his feet proved more entertaining.

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By the time I got him in his high chair it was well past a reasonable lunch hour.

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And this is all we had to show for it. Our lunches:

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Oh, and this:

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Don’t even ask what is was…

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All I had on hand to clean this mess with was bathroom cleaner and Dylan’s toy dust pan.

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I am proud about one thing, though! I made the decision during lunch that I would clean the whole kitchen before Dylan and I left for the afternoon rather than deal with it when we got home, as I often do. So, after we were done eating I got Dylan down from his high chair and told him to go play while I cleaned. He walked into the kitchen, surveyed the ruins and looked as overwhelmed as I felt.

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Then he did what I wish I could’ve:

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Stuck a bowl on his head…

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And marched out of the room.

Actually, it wasn’t all that bad. I set a timer (and by “timer” I mean half a Micky Mouse Clubhouse episode) for 15 minutes and got the kitchen cleaned, emptied the trash and even did a load of laundry. Success! Now I just need to figure out how to prevent these messes in this first place…

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RUSS April 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

All I could think of was the Capital One “Cash Back” commercial and the kid in the High Chair……


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