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Very lighthearted AIBU - but am I unreasonable?! Is it normal?!

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MagratOfStolat Fri 15-Mar-13 09:56:48

My DS is 22 months old. DP yesterday had a day at home to do work on the computer, so I was doing my normal routine when it comes to DS - we'd play, then watch cartoons, then lunch, then naptime, then he'll play on his own while I get on with housework etcetc...

All going swimmingly until...
DP: JESUS CHRIST! Do you ever STOP TALKING?!?! (with a massive grin on his face)
Me: Eh?! Say what now?
DP: You haven't bloody shut up all day, you'll run out of words in a minute!
Us: Arfarfarf gigglegigglegiggle.

Turns out I'm on my own with DS so much that I've got a running commentary going in English and Pidgeon Welsh! "Look at the pili pala! Isn't it pretty? Are you having fun playing gyda trains ! Awww, ti'n hoffi chwarae trains! Dai iawn! Nah, bach, you can't play here, mami doing the ironing! Mami smwthio!" and on and on!

Is this just a normal "mum stuck at home" thing? I've never been one for complete silence and DP thinks it's hilarious that I'm essentially talking to myself all day long. Is it unreasonable? I didn't even realize the extent to which I was doing it!

I feel quite embarrassed now!

Toasttoppers Sat 16-Mar-13 13:35:47

I chat to the cat quite a bit, she does respond and has a range of miaows and chirrups.

I thought you were going to ask if you were being unreasonable to object to your DH swearing in front of DS, I found it very difficult to get out of the habit when mine were younger.

I used to take DD to nursery and walk back with an empty pushchair and more than once found myself talking to it. I'm in the house alone a lot now the DCs are at school and I do still find myself talking out loud as if they were there.

MagratOfStolat Sat 16-Mar-13 13:25:39

DS was in bed last night around 7.

Around 8 I start finishing off the ironing (or "smwthio" if you're JennyPiccolo and you love the word wink)

DP: What was that??
Me: What? Is he awake?
DP: No - you!
Me: What did I do?!
DP: You started singing Mike The Knight!
Me: Did not!
DP: DID TOO!

Um...
oops?

shouldn't be so bloody catchy then!

MadMumToThree Sat 16-Mar-13 08:44:00

Completely normal! When my DCs were little i wd peg the washing out with a running commentary 'mummy's knickers' daddy's pants' blue socks etc even counting socks as pegged or as they got older 'a,b,c etc grin
Just need to stop doing it now I peg the washing on my own blush

I still do it...and my two are 4 & 8 smile we count everything as well (DD2 starts school in August), look for numbers and colours when out which usually leads to me screaching "Look DD2! It's a YELLOW car!!! And theres the number 6 and 3 in the number plate! What letters can you see DD2" DH just shakes his head grin

JennyPiccolo Sat 16-Mar-13 08:33:49

Smwthio! Fantastic word.

I definitely think there's a market for Mumnset: the musical, or even Mumsnet: the opera.

HermioneHatesHoovering Sat 16-Mar-13 08:00:31

Oh yes ThreeBeeOneGee I did the singing thing too! Now when I am at home on my own I often make up songs composed of swear words to amuse myself, just have to make sure I don't do it in company shock

Not only did I do a running commentary when they were little, I used to sing half of it. In a variety of musical styles. smile

KaraStarbuckThrace Sat 16-Mar-13 07:07:29

I have done this with both kids, giving them running commentries. I think it must look odd when I'm doing in the supermarket and people fail to spot DD in her carrier on my back grin though normally she is chuntering right back at me very loudly grin

MammaTJ Sat 16-Mar-13 06:56:22

I worked in a shop for a while.

I clearly was not suited to it as when a customer came in and said 'Show me where the 4' sheets are' my reply was 'When you say please I will'.

Luckily he laughed and corrected himself rather than reporting me to head office.

jaggythistle Chile Sat 16-Mar-13 06:56:16

DS1 copies us talking back to his 11 Mo brother. The three of us were sitting having a ba ba ba, da da da conversation at the table yesterday.

DH is a SAHD and a bit of a geek so DS1 comes out with all sorts of stuff to his nursery teacher about space ships etc.

Thumbwitch Sat 16-Mar-13 06:41:25

TooExtra - that made me laugh so hard I coughed! grin

Didactylos Fri 15-Mar-13 21:36:13

I once gave a colleague a lift home from the night shift
and we were chatting like normal humans
until in my slightly sleepless state I noticed something and turned into full on toddler mode, enunciating clearly
'oooh, look, its a FIRE ENGINE, baa-bu baa-bu baa-bu'
My co worker is in his 30s and has no children

discrete Fri 15-Mar-13 21:16:19

This thread has given me the best laugh all day, particularly the colleague asking whether everyone had weed!

I do do this with the dc, have done since they were born, and so does dh...but each of us only notices when the other does it! I think it's a fairly instinctive thing, as someone said it's how they learn to talk, but it's also fairly normal to not notice you are doing it.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Fri 15-Mar-13 21:07:36

I talk to my 1 yo and my dog! DD grins and babbles back. In fact, I often parrot her noises back at her - she says "a-wah?" and I say "a-wah" back. The other day a colleague called my name and I turned round and asked "a-wah?" blush The shame!

ClippedPhoenix Fri 15-Mar-13 20:59:18

I did this constantly too OP.

I also took him with me to every room if I was going to be in there for more than 5 mins, yep, that included the bathroom due to not wanting him to feel lonely grin

paperclips Fri 15-Mar-13 20:47:15

I once called my boss "mum"

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Fri 15-Mar-13 17:17:04

I did the 'oooh look at the cows' when on a train... on my own blush and once said 'love you' to my boss when he rang off after a call.

mum47 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:50:54

I once said along the lines of "Byedarlinghaveanicedaydon'tworktoohard" to the postie, so used am I to such chuntering when waving the dcs off to school. Her fled looking suitably alarmed.

Anyways OP, you must clearly rise to the challenge and "never stop talking"

KatyPeril Fri 15-Mar-13 16:46:29

My daughter is at school all day and I still babble away to myself.

mrsjay Fri 15-Mar-13 16:43:24

I have no little children anymore so I bore talk to the dog all day long, never answers me though

NotWilliamBoyd Fri 15-Mar-13 14:59:30

Down!!! Sorry.

NotWilliamBoyd Fri 15-Mar-13 14:59:02

Magrat - well indeed i think we all understood why she said it! A male colleague - also a parent - laughed at what she said and replied that he had been for his last wee already and yes, he had remembered to put the seat donw........

Squinkie Fri 15-Mar-13 14:40:06

Yes entirely normal.
I did once say my PIN number out loud to small child as I typed it into machine in a shop. Oops! Cashier girl looked at me like I was mad.

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