Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Love, Hugs & Kisses

It's obviously not a secret that I am completely crazy about my kid. And she knows how to play me like a fiddle. Here are a few recent examples:

1) The "Morning Time" Routine: Kiki has an internal clock that was manufactured in Switzerland by Swiss watchmakers. She wakes up at 6:22am every day, pretty much no matter when she goes to bed. She then rushes to our room to wake us up and announce that it's 'Morning Time'. Usually at the top of her lungs. Sometimes she will hop in bed and pretend that she's still tired and wants to sleep with us, but we know it's all an act. Then, as soon as she wants to start her day she will give me a hug and kiss. That's the sign. Best way to wake up, though.

2) The "I'm Cold" Trick: Whenever she wants to get out of doing something, usually eating, she will start saying how cold she is, wrap her arms around herself and ask for a hug. All that to get out of eating some vegetables. Seriously. but it works every time, cause I'm a sucker for it. I 'warm her up' with a big Abba-hug and then sit her back down to finish the meal. I'm tough like that.

3) The Random "I Love You" Diversion: Kiki will come up with all kinds of excuses and always end them with "... because I love you". It's pretty hilarious how she tried to manipulate us and how dumb she thinks we are. For example, she will sing a song at full volume and then say with a sweet voice "I sang so loud... because I love you, Abba". Smart kid.

4) Even More: This is a new one I just encountered recently. Usually after bath-time and a few night-time stories I will turn out the light and try to kiss her good-night and leave her room. But sometimes she will hug me tight and not release my neck, asking me to stay for just a little while more. These are sweet moments when she is adorably genuine and just wants some comfort, so obviously I stick around for a few minutes. The other night I told her to have a good night's sleep and that I loved her. She said "I love you" back. So I said, "I love you even more" to which she replied with, "I love you even even more"! So I went for three evens and then she unleashed a solid minute of "even, even, even, even.... more" with all the emphasis and seriousness she could come up with. We both ended up laughing hysterically. What a great way to go to bed, right?

I love my love, hugs & kisses. I just hope they don't disappear with age.


Instant Tragedy said...

We read this because we love you.

Wait a min, that didn't come out right.

OhCaptain said...

Very sweet story.

My youngest, when she wants something really bad, runs to me and hugs me while saying "You're the best Dad ever!" Yeah, I'd like to see you get away from that one.

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