“BIIIG Mess” – by Austin Pfeffer

So, my son is really good about telling me when he is hungry and is even better at telling me when he absolutely, positively, does NOT want to eat something.
Well, today after Austin ate through a piece of toast, handful of raisins, cup of Apple Jacks, and a whole apple {doesn’t this sound like a page from The Very Hungry Caterpillar} he proceeded to tell me that he was STILL “HANGRY, mama!” I explained that I needed to finish feeding Luke and try to put him to take a nap.

I promised to make him oatmeal when I was done putting Luke down. Well, as I am feeding Luke and he is drifting into dreamland, I hear Austin’s little feet running around the house and cupboard doors slamming. Then it gets quiet …. Really quiet. I am wondering, should I go check on Austin and risk Luke being woke up by my jostling OR should I wait until Luke is completely asleep and sneak out to figure out what Austin is up to. Let me tell you, ladies and gents… you DON’T do the latter. A few minutes later I hear “BIIIG mess” from my toddler who was so obviously pleased with himself.


I shoot up and Luke is jolted awake. Yay, mom. Great job waking up the baby. The neat freak in me couldn’t handle it. I grabbed Luke and we ran to the kitchen. I followed the sprinkle trail to the play room/living room.

Austin had decided HE was going to take care of his craving. Of course, in true toddler style he decided sprinkles poured into a silicone muffin mold would be a great snack. Unfortunately, as soon as he found out how much fun shaking the sprinkles out was he decided to carry out his food fun to the rest of the house. JOY.

best mess

I set Luke down by the scattered puzzle pieces to assess the mess. I asked Austin what he was thinking and his reply (in the most pathetic tone) was “I HANGRY, momma. Belly {pointing to his belly} I eat. NUM NUM NUM.” Cue the adorable grin . . .

I asked him to look at what he had done. His comment? “Make BIIIG Mess.” Yes, yes you did, my son.
Moral of the story?

Tie your toddler down to a chair if you are planning on leaving the room for an extended period of time. 😉
I should add that WHILE I was cleaning up his mess, he decided Luke would taste better with sprinkles on top {wish I snapped that pic}. Also, if you want to test the effectiveness of your vacuum, spill tiny sprinkled about the room. You’ll either be pleasantly surprised or slightly annoyed. Fortunately for me, my vacuum is awesome.


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