Talk to Your Doctor about CRS.

Noah has hit the Continual Repeat Stage (also known as CRS.)

CRS is a dangerous stage in a mother’s life, as it can be a detriment to the continuation of her sanity if not responded to in a calculated manner.

CRS is most obviously exhibited by a request repeated continuously, with no break for response, until the Mother does exactly what the toddler wants.

CRS-A is characterized by the request being made in continuously ramping up decibel levels.  Fortunately, CRS-A is treatable by discipline and training.

But much more severe is CRS-B.

CRS-B is evident in a child when the repetitive statements are made in a completely unchanging monotone that is loud enough to be unignorable, but quiet enough to chip away at deep, subconscious levels of sanity.

It goes something like this:

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CRS-B can be brought on by two-year-oldness, other illness, or in the most severe cases (and where I find myself,) two-year-oldness AND other illness.

There is only one way to shield yourself from the significant health risks of CRS-B: full and unconditional accommodation.

It doesn’t matter what the request is.  Nuclear Launch Codes.  Two Purple Lamborghinis.  A Yeti.  You must find a way to fulfill the request as soon as possible, or risk serious traumatization of your innermost place.

However, it must be noted: after you do surrender and provide whatever is being requested, the CRS-B might mutate.

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If this mutation occurs, then by all means, use those launch codes and bomb Russia.

So when Noah’s croup virus mutated into severe CRS-B in the form of a simple request to wear his Father’s Dirty Boxers that he exhumed from the laundry basket, it was a no-brainer.

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Daddy's Boxers

Perhaps this image isn’t as sweet and Pinterestable as the Little-Girl-In-Her-Mommy’s-Wedding-Dress photo, but I can already visualize your bylines in my head…

Daddy's Boxers Pinterest

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Comments

  1. 1
    Wendy Clark says:

    Some days you just have to do whatever you have to do. I sooo understand.

  2. 2
    Jennifer says:

    Liam is almost 20 months so we are in the beginning stages, so far all I hear is “mommy,mommy,mommy,mommy,mommy,mommy,mommy,mommy,” in the happy “please pay attention to me” tone everyday when we get home. But he is also obsessed with shoes so I am beginning to hear “put shoes on, put shoes on, put shoes on, put shoes on, put shoes on.” Doesn’t matter who’s they are he wants them on. I can’t wait until I can get the picture of him walking around in his sister princess dress up shoes. Now that will be one for the wedding book.

  3. 3
    Michele says:

    I am so relieved to hear my daughter isn’t the only one who suffers from this terrible condition.

  4. 4
    Cresta says:

    The embarrassment will come when you add the fact that they were his father DIRTY boxers to the caption. Ewwwww! lol

  5. 5
    Kathy Gunthorpe Ashdown says:

    What….uh….those boxers are…..um….never mind.

  6. 6
    Rachel says:

    Lol, S suffers from this condition as well! We have it mostly under control, but it still pops out to chip away at my sanity every now and then. :P

  7. 7
    Eva says:

    HA! boys boys boys. what little sillies. Samuel is along the same lines these days though he can’t talk as well so it’s more like Scream, yell, scream, yell. yeeeeeeah.

  8. 8
    trinity says:

    Oh girl – you sure make me laugh. LOVE the Pinterest byline. I literally laughed out loud. Thanks for writing!

  9. 9
    Kristen says:

    Oh no. My daughter was just diagnosed with the croup virus. I fear the inevitable mutation. Pray for a cure!

  10. 10
    Nikki says:

    My almost 5 year old does this. Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy until I answer. He thinks it’s hilarious. Does it ever stop?

    • 10.1
      Rachel says:

      Kind of. My six year old still expects me to respond to her every statement, but she gives me a little time to get a response in before repeating.

  11. 11
    Giann says:

    oh my gosh. I love this. hahahaha

  12. 12
    Melissa says:

    At least Noah tells you what he wants. My kid just says “Helllp? Helllp? Helllp?” over and over again. And again. And again. For everything.

  13. 13
    Cathryn says:

    It sucks so bad b/c at first you think you can head it off at the pass with some stock answer of “Yes, you can take that with you” but it just doesn’t end there! I still hear “I take this to park?” fifty million times even after agreeing for the first fifty million. And I’ve been told that rationalizing doesn’t work but I cannot stop myself from trying to explain to my daughter that she doesn’t need to repeat everything.

    • 13.1
      Rachel says:

      Oooooh – that’s CRS-C. When your response or your reaction doesn’t even solve the problem.

      I hate to tell you this, but…

      it’s fatal.

  14. 14
    Stephy_B says:

    Oh how I feel your pain with the repeating requests! It’s been “Dit down flurr mommy! Dit down flurr!” which is his way of asking me to play in the floor with him :) So of course, I oblige…all while holding a baby on one shoulder!

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