Saying “no” to Alex is easy for me most of the time. He wants to play with knives? No. He wants to push over our speakers? No. He wants to eat a stick on the ground? No. But sometimes he makes it impossible.
We end up going to Target a lot. And I mean a lot a lot. To keep him entertained I either open up a box of crackers or let him play with a small toy until I am finished. We always return the toy right before we check out, and he always gets upset when I have to take away his crackers in order to pay for them.
Today we went straight to the back of the store to look at the larger toys, and what did I have to hear? “Elmo! Elmo! Elmo! Elmo!” over and over and over again. He spotted the Elmo toys. I immediately regretted the decision to walk down that aisle.
I picked up a stuffed animal Elmo (who is also a puppet) and handed it to him. “Elmo! Mama! Elmo!” He was so very excited.
We were grabbing a few items here and there, and I was all set on putting Elmo back before we left. But then Alex suckered me.
“Mwah!” He gave Elmo a kiss.
“Mwah!” He gave Elmo another kiss.
He hugged and kissed Elmo again and again.
He held Elmo up to me and asked, “mwah?” until I kissed Elmo.
If you saw some woman kissing Elmo at Target the other day? That was me. Kissing Elmo again and again.
“Mwah! Awww. Elmo!”
So, I bought Elmo.
I’m a total sucker.