The New York Times recently made waves with an article on the quirky habits people develop after living alone for a while. Years earlier, Sex and the City had an episode dedicated to these quirky, often embarrassing habits- otherwise known as secret single behavior. My lifestyle is now a far cry from the singlehood described in The New York Times and Sex and the City but alas, secret quirky behavior has not left. I now have “Secret Mom Behaviors”. No, I do not mean the kind in which you fill a sippy cup with wine and hide it in your diaper bag. I mean the embarrassing actions you do with (or to) your kids that you may or may not even let your husband see. I have a few I am willing to share today.
I sing. I sing a lot.
I read all the research on developing vocabulary in babies- talk out loud while doing everyday activities, talk while you are in another room and let them know you are still there, etc. Apparently, I have decided to SING instead. Why do I sing and not talk? I have no idea, I picked up the habit after giving birth. Sadly, I am not at ALL creative- "Momma’s taking a shower, da da de dah, Momma’s taking a shower, Cuz she smells so bad..."
I am fairly certain the researchers did not intend for me to let my baby girl think I smell, or encourage that kind of language in her sponge like mind, whoops.
Dance Party All The Time!
This actually was a secret single behavior, then secret husband-is-out-of-town behavior and now as a Mom I have a partner- whew hoo- dance party 24-7!! We jam to Rhianna, Pink, GLEE and other ridiculous pop music- she giggles, laughs and points (hmm... is she laughing AT me or with me?) Add another Mom fail to the list- bad vocabulary and cheezy pop music. Sorry baby girl, Mozart just is not that fun to dance to.
Photo Shoots (Not the Good Kind)
I hesitate to write this one and perhaps should keep it a secret from world, but c'est la vie... (How is THAT for vocabulary, researchers??) Everyone loves taking pictures of their kids, especially their first. But... I may take it a little too far...
● Bunny ears from the 99cent store? Yes, please.
● Funny mustache sticker above her lip? Hell yeah!
● Stick hair straight up like she was shocked- (Um... YES! sorry baby girl...)
I do not share these kind of photos on Facebook or with family- ahem *Secret Mom Behavior*. Perhaps, one day when my baby girl is older and wondering why she sings outloud during her mundane activities, shakes her booty at any pop song on the radio- I will show her these photos and apologize- “Sorry honey, you had a nut bag of a Momma, but she sure does love you oodles”.
Well, those are the only three behaviors I am willing to share! I will leave you with one of my favorite songs before I go- The New York Times quotes a woman in the article: “I never, ever close the bathroom door.” Well singletons, neither do I - but while I am in there you can hear me singing loudly- “Momma's gotta pee, la de dah da, Momma’s gotta pee”.
Do you have a secret Mom behavior**? Maybe you like your baby's food and eat it? Chew their food & stick it in their mouth a la Alicia Silverstone? Or dress them in Daddy's clothes for fun? Or....?
**I say Mom because that is what I am- I am sure lots of Dads have these too, so please share them! BUT, I don't really want to know that my husband's secret behavior is how high he can throw Kalia in the air and catch her. I suspect this is one of his, but, I rather live in ignorance.
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