Why My Toddler Is Awesome

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Our Listicler (it’s so a word), Stasha of The Good Life wants to know why it’s awesome to be a kid. I’m gonna turn it around a little to tell you why MY kid is awesome (I know, your kids are awesome too.)

(If you like my Facebook page, you may already know some of these things. For that, I am sorry. But now you know what you miss out on daily if you don’t like my page!)

1. I was chilling out with my Haribo Gold Bears (yummy gummy bears!) when Monkey came over, saw the bear in my hand and proceeded to lick it. He then went “Mmmm” and licked it a few more times. Then he made me eat it. Repeat 10 times. Yes, I ate gummy bears my son licked.

2. Monkey loves grabbing my handbag from the counter, remove my wallet (and kindly replaces the handbag back onto said counter) and proceeds to remove money from it one by one. He’s been doing this for a year. Yesterday, he licked a 5 dollar note. Did I remove it from his grubby hands? No, I told everyone on Facebook about it instead.

3. We have breakfast together every morning. He usually gets plain toast (his choice, I promise), water crackers (also his choice), water and milk. I eat either chocolate Cheerios or toast with Nutella (I love chocolate, what can I say?). A few mornings ago, Monkey spotted my toast and proceeded to lick the Nutella off. Notice a pattern here? He’s like a cat, licking everything.

4. He’s learned to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Except it sounds like ‘peas’ and ‘beck you’. Say the latter really fast, it sounds like he’s swearing at you.

5. He loves watching videos of himself on the iPad. We like to film him doing things like throw blocks around the house, playing with Mama’s wallet, run around the house screaming and so on. He then likes to imitate himself from the videos. So yeah, he’s constantly throwing blocks and screaming.

6. After his baths, he loves running out nekkid into the living room, throw himself onto the couch and cover himself with his toy lion. He then giggles uncontrollably when I come chasing after him with his diaper and clothes.

7. Speaking of baths, he takes his in the shower stall (don’t even ask me about our stupid bath tub). Our shower stall is spacious and the floor is clean. Yes, it is. The toddler likes to sprawl out on the floor, nekkid, and yes, he has tried to lick that too.

8. He loves ‘sorting laundry’ – by that, I mean he likes to arrange the clean clothes around him in a circle, then moving them into a pile behind him. Repeat 10 times or so. If I try to fold them, he snatches the item out of my hands in protest. This is why I can never get my laundry folded and put away efficiently (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

9. He can identify about a dozen animals from the flash cards. Unfortunately, ‘elephant’ sounds like ‘elefark’, and duck, fox and frog suffer almost the same fate. Think F word.

10. He does this.

Toddler spit

That’s a pretty impressive gob of spit, right?

Tell me why YOUR kids are awesome.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • March 20, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Hahaha!! Your toddler is awesome indeed! I can’t understand his breakfast choices when you are eating chocolate Cheerios (one of my faves) and toast with Nutella! He doesn’t know what he’s missing! More for you, though 😉
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, more for me. He’s kinda weird, in a healthy sort of way 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 Stasha

    I expected him to lick laundry too…
    OK, I gotta be honest with you. Your kid is hilarious. Just saying!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hah! He is funny. And he MIGHT be licking the laundry, I just haven’t caught him in the act yet!

  • March 20, 2012 ava

    My two girls also do the impressive gob of spit antic. They are pretty awesome too! You have a really cute Monkey-Cat guy there Alison. 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thanks Ava!

  • March 20, 2012 Janice

    Oh my goodness, my toddler does that licking thing too! You know her favorite to lick right now???? Her baby brother’s head!! I mean, what’s up with that, right?

    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha that’s too funny!

  • Hahaha, count yourself lucky. Mine will just eat my Nutella toast instead of licking it.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I’d rather he do that than for me to eat his saliva on toast. 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 Karin

    He he, my tot loves those juicy goldbears too. And sometimes he’s not eating them the way I eat them either. Now and then he’s holding one and licks it until he’s had enough. Then he’s hiding it somewhere, for a rainy day I guess. LOL.
    Once I found them in the empty laundry machine and under toy cars on the table (and I ate them ;-)).
    Maybe it was some sort of an experiment to see if it attracts ants, because he remembered where he put them and was very disappointed not to find them anymore.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Haha what a hilarious kid you have there!

  • March 20, 2012 Galit Breen

    Why yes, he so IS pure awesome (licking and all!)! 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hee!!! He is. Very much so.

  • March 20, 2012 Elizabeth

    How adorable! I’m sorry, but the whole licking thing has me cracking up!
    And kudos to you for not turning down the gummy bears. (Plus, Haribo are totally the best kind…couldn’t let those go to waste.) =)
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      That’s my rationale. Can’t waste gummy bears! (licked or not)

  • March 20, 2012 Kristi

    Your monkey is so awesome!! I’m pretty impressed with the wet gummies. Something I can’t do… I bow to you.
    I so can’t wait until the shenanigans start with 2 for you!! 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I eat toddler saliva for breakfast, dude.

  • March 20, 2012 Jenn

    Seriously, Monkey totally has it going on with the whole licking of the Nutella but I am not quite as on board with the whole licking of the money thing!!

    He is completely adorable and thanks for reminding me that, although they have the ability to drive a mom nuts, toddlers are pretty awesome as well!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hee, thanks Jenn!! They are awesome. Makes up for all the grief they cause us 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 Jaime

    When my daughter was smaller, whenever she would say sucker, it came out with an F at the begining instead of S. Which was mortifying when we’d be out and she’d be insisting that she needed ay *ucker right now at the top of her lungs.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      HAHAHAHAHAHA!! OMG so mortifying (and hilarious).

  • March 20, 2012 Jessica

    Hopefully he never tries to lick a frozen pole.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Oh dear god I hope not.

  • March 20, 2012 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Whoa way to go Monkey on that SPIT!!! I’m totally impressed!

    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Right???? I’m so glad I got that on camera. 🙂

  • March 20, 2012 Shell

    LOL @ all the licking!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I gave birth to a cat.

  • March 20, 2012 RoryBore

    glad to hear the toddler licking thing is totally normal. mine tries to lick my mouth every time I rub noses with her at bedtime. we call that an eskimo kiss around here…..I have no idea what to call the tongue lick thing. Cat bath?

    toddlers are awesome.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hahahaha cat bath!! I hope toddler saliva is good for the skin, because I’m covered in it daily.

  • March 20, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    He is indeed awesome! So funny that he wants to lick everything 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Heh thanks Jen!

  • March 21, 2012 Adrienne

    He’s adorable!! I love the spit picture at the end. It fits perfectly with all the licking! LOL

    And #4? It does sound like cussing. I tried it!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Haha yes, the spit and the licking -so toddler, right?

      I can just imagine you saying ‘beck you beck you beck you!’

  • March 21, 2012 Natalie

    He is just making sure by licking everything to use all his senses 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Good perspective!

  • March 21, 2012 Robbie

    aww…lol that he is like a cat and licks everything!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      My cat boy 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 heidi

    This is adorable. My daughter used to put everything in her mouth which is maybe the equivalent of all the licking he does. Oh, and the unintentional swearing…I used to love that.:)
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      The unintentional swearing is hilarious. I pretend to be mortified but secretly, am giggling.

  • March 21, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    Pretty awesome kid there. 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I absolutely think so. Not biased at all. 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 Jenni Chiu

    I have a licker too! Lickers are the best. Very high immune systems.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Yay!! I knew we were on to something there.

  • March 21, 2012 Jessica

    lol. Love this! My toddler sounds a lot like your toddler! She’s pretty awesome, and so’s your dude!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      We have awesome toddlers, yay!

  • March 21, 2012 Elaine

    All the licking is cracking me up!! Kids are so funny sometimes!

    My kids are awesome because well, they’re mine! 😉

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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Yes, yes they are!

  • March 21, 2012 Julia

    Hehe, I love this. You do have a pretty awesome little guy. 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hehe thanks Julia!

  • March 21, 2012 Tina

    Oh my boys LOVE to run around naked after baths…they do it all the time! lol
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Boys!!! 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 Leslie

    Too funny! Why do toddlers love to see pictures and videos of themselves so much?! T went through a phase where “fox” sounded exactly like the “F” word, too. We did everything we could to remedy that quickly!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Whoops!! I secretly love the unintentional swearing, it’s hilarious!

  • March 21, 2012 Robin

    Aw, I love it all! Except for the spit…

    Toddlers really don’t get enough credit for being awesome.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      They surely don’t. But they so are. Love my little guy.

  • March 21, 2012 My Inner Chick

    ****lick the Nutella off.*** hEee

    that kid has great taste…and the spit is pretty cool, too. Xxx

    What a doll face.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank you Kim.

  • March 21, 2012 Christine

    He is super cute and toddlers are pretty awesome. My kids think it’s hilarious to run around the house naked. I try really hard not to laugh at them but it’s impossible.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Let’s hope they start wearing clothes before it gets less funny 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 Kimberly

    Dude, I think your kid has a licking problem.

    Now tell me about the bathtub. 😉
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      No kidding.

      Sigh, the bathtub. It’s just a badly designed bathroom. Sigh.

  • March 21, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    It sounds like he finds such joy in life.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      He’s MY joy 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 Kir

    I love that he licks the gummy bears and then gives them to you….as a diet trick it’s genius…all the flavor none of the calories LOL. My children enjoy the nekkid time too , it’s cute for about 5 minutes until I have to tell one or the other to “stop pulling on your “p******s” 🙂 Monkey is awesome…and so is his Mama!!!!! Xo

    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I say that too. Except he doesn’t know what I’m talking about. At least, I think he doesn’t.


  • March 21, 2012 Maureen

    He is just so adorable! Beck you for sharing him with us 😀
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hee!! Beck you!

  • March 21, 2012 Asianmommy

    Haha! Why is it that toddlers always have a fascination with laundry? Sure, kid, you can fold the laundry–go right ahead! 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I’m hoping the laundry obsession continues. That can be his chore when he grows up 🙂

  • March 21, 2012 Kimberly

    Oh my god when my husband demolished our upstairs bathroom, we had to use the half bathroom downstairs. It only has a shower stall. I practically had to hose him down like an elephant at a zoo.
    Terrible times.
    My son loves to share his tim bits with me (they’re like donut holes)…but he bites them up to his fingers and gives me that part…yea…slobbery and gross.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      They think of us as their trash cans!!!

      Monkey hates to be hosed down. I have to sponge him. Spoiled child.

  • March 21, 2012 Kristin

    My kid loves doing laundry, too! Sorting, folding, transferring wet clothes to the dryer – she actually begs me to let her “do laundry” on the weekends. I hate doing laundry – it’s my most dreaded chore. What a little weirdo.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      The plus side? She can do laundry for the household until she leaves home. WIN!

  • March 21, 2012 Andrea

    Oooh, LOVE. And the licking – oh, the licking. Forgive me for not knowing how old he is exactly, and I may have missed that in the post – but the licking is something else. 😉

    But I draw the line at anyone licking my Nutella covered items (bread is an item, right? I usually eat it off a spoon, if I’m being honest!). Even my own kid!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      He’s 2 years, 3 months 🙂

      I couldn’t refuse him the Nutella licking – it was so cute!

  • March 21, 2012 Kristen

    My nephew used to lick the windows in my brother’s house because he said they felt “good on my tongue”. Although tongue sounded like something that would come out of their mouth when they were trying to hold back a swear word. He’s 8 now and pretty normal…so I think you’re good! Awesome is as Awesome does!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Haha so cute!!

  • March 22, 2012 Lady Jennie

    This made me laugh – so cute – and those cheeks! You seriously can’t get enough (although I can get enough of that spit) ha ha.

    I can’t really call my youngest a toddler anymore but boy does he still do similar things. I know this is bad but I want to keep him as a baby a bit. I can understand how each child gets certain personality traits according to their “rank.”
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Yes, the baby rank. Soon, Monkey will be ‘big brother’. Can’t wait!

  • March 22, 2012 Natalie

    What a sweetheart. I miss those days. 😉
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Hee, he is sweet. Don’t worry, #2 will be a toddler one day (probably too soon for your liking) and there will be more hilarious shenanigans 🙂

  • March 22, 2012 Kimberly S. (Sperk*)

    This is so much fun. Love that you have the insight to celebrate the “little” things in life. They are quite significant, aren’t they?
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I love recording all these moments. I want to remember them all.

  • March 22, 2012 Audrey

    Ha ha ha what a great list! Being your kid does sound awesome!
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Being his Mom is pretty awesome 🙂

  • March 22, 2012 Mirjam

    What’s up with all of the licking!!
    My toddler licks me 🙁
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! Monkey slobbers on me when he kisses me. So we are both bathed in saliva pretty much, eh?

  • March 22, 2012 nikky44

    That Is so sweet!!! I want my babies back at that age 🙂
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      It is such an awesomesauce age 🙂

  • March 22, 2012 Barbara

    That gob of spit is AWESOME! Don’t you love being a boy mom?
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      I LOVE it 🙂

  • March 22, 2012 Susan

    These are great! HA.
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    • March 23, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Susan!!

  • March 24, 2012 Charlotte

    Your son is the cutest. Also elefark is a pretty amazing word that I’ll try and use in a sentence today.
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    • March 24, 2012 Alison

      Hee! I hope you did, it’d be pretty funny!

  • March 24, 2012 Tonya

    I’ll take a ‘peas’, ‘beck you’ and one of those licked (or not) Haribo Gold Bears gummi bears any day!

    Cute list.
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    • March 24, 2012 Alison

      Hehe, thanks Tonya!

  • March 25, 2012 paul

    Monkey the Cat, your little one is hilarious. And yes, that’s impressive LOL
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    • March 28, 2012 Alison

      Yes he is very funny!

  • March 28, 2012 Kiddothings

    For some reason I read “toy loin” after reading “nekkid” and thought what the heck is a “toy loin”.

    Monkey sounds adorable although I can’t say the same for that gob of spit – ew.
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    • March 28, 2012 Alison

      Hahahahahaha!! Toy loin!! Get your mind out of the gutter, woman!

      I didn’t even know he was doing that spit thing until AFTER the photo was taken, cheeky monkey.

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