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<p>I just wrote this about an incident that happened with my DS (turned 3 yesterday) today. It's just a peak into what our lives are like, and I had a feeling some of you guys could relate. :) Oh, because I'm too lazy to edit, Corbin is DS and Sam is DH.</p>
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<p>Everyone talks about the terrible 2s, but obviously everyone has not yet met a 3 year old. Corbin has only been 3 for about 24 hours and I can already tell that the next 12 months are going to be more of a challenge than the last. Our lives are now dominated by a wide array of stall tactics, Corbin's favorite being getting "stuck". Remind him that it's time to go potty or get in the bath tub before he's ready to, and suddenly he's stuck. It's as if his feet are super glued to the floor, not to be moved upon pain of death. Imagine an invisible quick sand that gobbles up unsuspecting feet as soon as the word "bed" is uttered. It makes for some interesting transitions.</p>
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<p>Upon Corbin randomly getting "stuck" again the other day, Sam scrambled to come up with an idea that would successfully "unstick" him and get him moving in a forward-like direction once again. Grasping for an idea more than anything else, he reached into his pocket and pulled out the only thing he had handy - a black leather business card holder. Then he presented to Corbin the most important gift one man can give another - a magic wallet that keeps daddies from getting stuck. It was as if he had been given the moon. Suddenly his feet could move freely, no longer held down by invisible forces. How had he made it through the last 3 years without a magic wallet?</p>
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<p>Fast forward to today. Our afterschool trip to the grocery store went smoother than perhaps any other trip has gone in a year. Corbin willingly walked, not once demanding to be picked up, understanding that I can't pick him up because my belly hurts. He helped me push the basket, loaded groceries onto the counter when it was time to pay, and climbed right into the car when it was time to go. When we got home he was excited to go inside and play with his new birthday presents while I made dinner. But then it happened. He got stuck. Right there in his carseat, the invisible force field overtook him once more and he couldn't move. What were we going to do?</p>
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<p>"Mommy! I need my magic wallet!"</p>
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<p>But where is the magic wallet? He had it when he went to bed last night. I'll go look there first. Nope. Not there. Maybe it's in the bathroom. Nope. Not there either. I return to the car, empty handed.</p>
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<p>"Corbin, I can't find your magic wallet. Maybe you could try again to get out of your seat?"</p>
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<p>"Go look again, Mommy. It's in the floor in my bedroom, by my bed."</p>
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<p>Ugh. Back to the bedroom I go. After all, when you're 3 and you believe that you're stuck to your carseat, you're stuck. I looked all around and still couldn't find the wallet. Back to the car I go, bracing for what I'm afraid is going to be a huge tantrum.</p>
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<p>"Corbin, I looked and really couldn't find the wallet. We'll have to ask Daddy to help us find it when he gets home. You know, sometimes when you're holding Mommy or Daddy's hand you get unstuck. Should we try to hold hands?"</p>
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<p>"That's a good idea Mommy!" And with that, the magical forces let go of his hiney and let him out of the seat. We later found the magic wallet on the kitchen counter. I think that Sam's idea of playing a trick on me. I know one thing for sure though. Tomorrow I'll be shopping for a magical necklace or bracelet.</p>
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<p>No no no, not magic bracelets or necklaces -- you need magic WORDS! You can't ever lose those! <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>This story made my day :)  Your DS and DH and your self are awesome parents (based on this story alone, and I think I'm judging right here) and your story telling is so vivid and awesome! You rock!</p>
 

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<p>There is nothing that a little playfulness cannot fix! Cute story. How many parents would have started to yell "Get out of the seat NOW!" And the magic and opportunity for connection of that moment would have been forever lost...</p>
 
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