I’m Needy

When my 3-year-old is stalking me throughout our house, I ask him is he’s feeling “needy.” And he’ll say yes.

Last night, as I was lying in bed with him, he listed every member of our family–his 19-year-old brother, his 17-year-old brother, his 8-year-old brother and his dad–and asked why each is needy sometimes.

I said, “Well, sometimes we all like to be alone, to do things by ourselves, but sometimes we want to be with other people, snuggling and stuff.”

He said, “I’m needy every day.”

And he is.

He wants me to sit with him while he watches SpongeBob Squarepants on TV. If I do sit with him, reading a magazine or book while he’s watching away, he gets irritated that I’m not actually viewing the show, because I’m going to miss something. When he goes to bed for his nap or at night, he wants me to lie with him. Actually he wants me to sleep with him all night. Whenever he’s playing, whatever he’s playing, he wants me to play with him.

I love that he loves me so much, but it’s hard to be wanted this much, even though I love him more than I can express. Even though I love that I’m a stay-at-home mom who has the opportunity to play with him and snuggle with him, I also need to be alone. And he makes that hard, but that’s just part of being three.

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