My Little Mimic

Hardly a day goes by that Brody doesn't make me laugh by some new expression or mannerism that he has picked up. I always have to remind myself that my observant little man is taking in my every word...even when I think he's not listening! Recently, I couldn't help but smile when Brody added a new phrase to his vocabulary.

Let me set the scene for you: Brody and I had just come back inside the house after a fun time playing in the snow. After I took off a gazillion layers of clothes (yes, I'm not ashamed to admit that I wrap him up like the poor kid from the movie 'A Christmas Story.' I gotta keep him toasty!) I made him some hot chocolate. I sat the steamy mug in front of him, his tiny nose still red from the brisk outdoors, Brody took a gulp and said "Ahh...this is the life!" I laughed, knowing he must have heard Ted or I use the expression at some point. Still, I was amused by how he so easily encapsulated the magical fun of childhood.

Brody has been my little shadow these days. If I'm reading the newspaper over breakfast in the morning, he is also flipping through the pages. The same goes for making meals. My little guy is all about putting his chef's hat on and getting in on the cooking action. When I'm working out, he pretends to do crunches or huffs and puffs while lifting tiny weights.

In the vocabulary department, he uses the phrase "What the heck?" (something he picked up from my hubby) whenever a toy isn't working properly or a movie unexpectedly stops playing on the iPad. I know that as parents we are shaping our kids into the adults they will become, but sometimes I look at our little mini-me and get freaked out. He really is like a little sponge absorbing everything in his world. I guess all we can do is try to set a good example and hope our kids follow suit, right?

What are some of your favorite expressions, mannerisms, or one-liners that your children have picked up from you or your spouse? I'd love to read about them.

Even though there are definitely times when I have my stressed out mommy moments, my little mimic can always make me laugh. I'm grateful for those waves of contentment that wash over all of us. Those moments when Brody and I are cuddled on the couch reading a story, when my boys (big and little) are happily strumming their guitars, or when the three of us are making Sunday breakfast together. It's those times that I echo my three-year-olds sentiments and can say..."Ahh, this is the life!"

About the Author...
Kristina Uelk
Kristina Uelk is the host of MomsEveryday in Michiana.
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