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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Messy fingerprint perspective

There are disadvantages to living in a three-story townhouse. Honestly, I probably couldn't tell you many of the advantages of living in one. But disadvantages? Yep. I've got some.

Those steps. The railings. The random toys and objects that go flying down said steps and through the banister railings on a daily basis? Tons.

Every evening when my husband gets home, he comes up the steps into the living room/kitchen area with a handful of toys that he's cleaned up from the steps on his walk up. A few weeks ago I sort of huffed an "I'm sorry" regarding the toys. Because seriously. It's every.single.day. And it's like HI! DAD! Welcome home from a hard day at work! Pick up all the random crap I threw down the steps today!

But my sweet husband, within seconds, without batting an eyelash was all, What? I love it. It means I have a healthy little girl running around.  

And then I proceeded to melt.

Because it changed my perspective.

Then just yesterday, I was cleaning the countertops when I saw this gunk all over my nice, black, dishwasher front. I looked closer and realized there were little toddler food-filled finger prints all over it. And then I proceeded to look closer at other things in my kitchen. My black fridge? The entire bottom part? Finger prints. The stove front. Fingerprints. 

Let's not even mention the milk splatters on my cabinet doors, the applesauce caked on my floorboard molding, and the crushed goldfish crackers in every crevice of the carpets. 

What.a.mess. I almost did a flashback to how pristine and perfect areas of my home were pre-kid. You know, when you put something somewhere, it stayed. Or it stayed clean until you or your spouse messed it up, but other than that? Perfectly clean. Neat. Those days. 

When I noticed those little gunky fingerprints, I found myself on the verge of irritation---But, I stopped. And immediately the words of my husband from a few weeks ago sort of filled my mind. 

Because I was reminded that those little fingerprints? Belong to my kid. That my home and life would be so much different without her. So empty. And that my heart cannot even explain the amount of love it has for this little person.  That she's happy and healthy, and all mine.

Messy fingerprints and all.

25 comments:

  1. When I was visiting my parents one time I decided I would do some clean up from my kids before we left. As I took the spray bottle of windex to the glass table in the living room, my mom stopped me and said, "No!! I love seeing those fingerprints after you've gone!" Now I know my mom and they didn't last long there, but it was a reminder that there will come a day when my house stays clean all the time and I will miss having little ones at home with me!

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  2. very well said! and it is so hard sometimes to just remember that without all the mess or lack of sleep we wouldn't have our babes...and with them we are soo blessed!!!! I needed to read this before we went to the doctor's office and pharmacy yesterday, HA!

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  3. good perspective! you're right life wouldn't be the same. I need to remember in my moments of exhaustion and frustration w/ all the finger prints that are left behind by my girls that they are gifts and without them my home/life would be so empty.
    xo

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  4. That is so precious!! I pray that one day my future husband has that positive outlook with our kids and doesn't mind toys everywhere because he's just thankful we have a healthy child... that is so perfect! Huge Kudos to your hubby! I would be like you though... dirt, grime, nastiness everywhere... I'd want to get irritated and I'd have to remember that same statement! I'm a little OCD, so I understand!

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  5. Awww...so sweet. I think of this every time I wipe down our bar stools and they are milk splatter free for all of 5 seconds. It makes me sad. Somehow, they look better with food and milk splattered all over them. ;)

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  6. Aww, I love this! So sweet, and such a wonderful perspective to keep in mind!

    (I almost hit publish comment on this a second ago, but then realized I had accidentally typed 's's instead of 'w's for that "Aww" up there! For the record, if I EVER call you an ass, it will be TOTALLY UNINTENTIONAL! Somebody needs to take my laptop away until I learn to type better!)

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  7. very, very well said. isn't it amazing how these guys can come home and just shed a brand new perspective on something? mr. p has a way of doing that too. thank goodness for new perspective.

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  8. Love this. The neat freak in me has a hard time with all the toddler messes too but then Sunday J & I were sitting on the couch while KP napped and I said, "imagine if this is how it always was". Silent, boring, uninteresting...and the list goes on. These little people, while trying at times, are amazing little gifts. Messes and all.

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  9. I was JUST thinking about this last night! In the place we're at now, in our bedroom we have a whole wall of mirrors (Hello 1990...), and I saw a finger print on it I left the other day, and I was thinking how annoying it was goign to be to have to clean off fingerprints from the mirrors once Theodore starts crawling/walking. But then I started thinking about how much I can't wait for that because it's goign to be so much fun to have an interactive baby. :) Even with messes and all! :)

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  10. I posted a very similar post a few weeks back. My front door is always covered with finger prints (and nose prints). But...these days too shall pass...so just embrace them! Embrace the mess! ;)

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  11. Just what I needed to read today. Perfection!

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  12. awwwwwww!! that is so sweet!

    clara hasn't had an opportunity to eat outside of her highchair yet (so we don't have food-prints), but our house still looks like a hurricane came through every day! great perspective y'all have :)

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  13. I'm grateful for the fingerprints too. I just wish there weren't SO many of them sometimes. ;)

    Such a sweet post, Katie.

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  14. I have to remind myself of this, too. And with the demands of a newborn, I don't have much of a choice! The chores will always be there!

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  15. I absolutely love this post! I too, am trying to see things that way- not from a "holy crap I just cleaned that" but more a "that's kind of cute even if it means I'll be cleaning it later"- my husband is helping me to see that different perspective too- you must have a great husband- and you have a beautiful daughter! :)

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  16. Such a sweet post! And a wonderful perspective on all the messy things that come with having a toddler.

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  17. great reminder! it's easy to get annoyed at the mess...in fact, five minutes ago i was fuming about applesauce all over my kitchen. you're right- it would be empty without the mess.

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  18. This is perfect. It's so easy to get frustrated, especially when Noah grabs the bag of tortilla chips and proceeds to dump the entire contents on the livingroom floor. But then I realize that a clean place means no Noah running around. And one day, way down the road, I'm going to miss it. At least this perspective helps me clean it up with a smile. :)

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  19. Just another reason to learn to love all those messes left behind! Great post! :)

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  20. "We're so lucky to have such a beautiful, healthy baby."

    Words I say to myself EVERY SINGLE DAY. This little baby of ours is pretty high-needs, and if I don't keep perspective, I start to lose my patience. 90% of the time, she's an angel. But the 10% where she's not?

    HOLY. SHIT.

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  21. Great perspective! All I needed was to read this, now mine has changed too. Thank you :)

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  22. That's a great perspective that you guys have. Thank god for healthy babies. :)

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  23. Yup.

    *sigh* I love kid fingerprints. They're just such a testament to life.

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  24. Good to remember!
    The fingerprints never bothered me.. it the crusted food I find! :)

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