Last night, my husband made dinner while I followed behind our one-year-old tornado, trying to minimize the destruction – or at least contain it to the kitchen.
Our baby’s favorite pastime lately is pulling the nice serving platters out of their bottom cabinet and letting them clang to the floor. All other breakable items have been relocated to other cabinets out of reach, but this cabinet is the only one that will fit the huge platters.
We probably should just install a lock on the cabinet, but that would require planning ahead, which I can’t seem to manage now that we’re three kids into this crazy life.
And so every time she started making her way to that cabinet last night, I opened another cabinet to distract her.
“Hey, want a frying pan?”
“A whisk! Look, a whisk!”
Then while Ty cooked and I chased, we talked budget. How we can do better, what we can cut out, how to finish paying off the $25,000 hospital bill from when our toddler swallowed a dime in January.
You know, fun stuff. Our voices were tight, our sentences short.
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And Then the Tornado Hit
Somewhere along the way, I got caught up in the conversation and lost track of Charlie.
I glanced around. She was near the forbidden cabinet but thankfully just quietly playing with something on the floor. Whew.
“Do you think we should…”
I trailed off because my eyes had finally focused on what she was quietly playing with. And it was coming from her diaper.
I rushed over and grabbed both her hands to keep her from touching anything, but then I didn’t have a way to resolve the root issue of what was spilling out of her diaper.
He looked over to where I was frozen, holding our baby’s arms out to each side – and we locked eyes.
The surprise on his face pushed me over the edge, and the fear on mine must have done it for Ty. We laughed.
While Ty ran to grab a bag of wipes, I laughed so hard that Charlie’s hands jiggled up and down, flinging poo everywhere. He went to work wiping up her hands, the mess that had breached the diaper border, and the flinged poo particles.
The whole time, we couldn’t stop giggling. And it was the best thing that happened all night.
Don’t Get Me Wrong
I’m not into epic diaper blowouts. But our fit of giggles took a tense situation for any marriage – discussing tight finances – and defused it completely.
After we got Charlie cleaned up and picked the conversation back up again, our tone was playful and light. A world of difference from the first installment of our conversation.
Everyone knows humor can be an antidote to tension, but here’s what you may not know.
Research shows the happiest couples know how to handle conflict in a gentle way, and one of the number one techniques for doing that is with humor.
Related: 75+ of the Best Unknown Love Songs
16 Funny Love Songs for the Days You Need to Reconnect
Next time, I won’t wait for a diaper blowout to jolt us out of a tense conversation. I made this playlist of funny love songs for the days when my husband and I need to hit the pause button and reconnect.
But there’s one thing you should know about these love songs – they’re funny, even silly, but not disgustingly sappy. Because when you need to lighten the mood, gag-worthy love songs won’t do the trick.
Forget “My Heart Will Go On” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” and get this list of cute love songs queued up and ready to go for whenever you need to share a smile with your partner.
By the way, this love songs playlist makes the perfect DIY gift for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just because. Just follow my step-by-step tutorial for how to make a modern-day mixtape.
As with all my playlists, you’ll find snippets of the love songs lyrics below each song title. Enjoy!
1. Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches
Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don’t see what anyone can see
In anyone else but you
2. The Idea Of Growing Old by The Features
I can make you angry, you can make me a smile
We can make oragami with the kids for a while
You turn me on to the idea of growing old
3. In Spite of Ourselves by Iris DeMent and John Prine
She thinks all my jokes are corny
Convict movies make her horny
She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs
Swears like a sailor when shaves her legs
She takes a lickin’
And keeps on tickin’
I’m never gonna let her go.
4. Sleepy Tigers by Her Space Holiday
Oh, I like you so very much
So much, in fact I gotta wake you up
It’s not that I have words to speak
I just wanna see you looking at me
5. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
I’d buy you Rogaine
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear
‘Cause I love you more than
I could ever promise
6. I’m Not Sorry by Meiko
I hope it won’t scare you away
I wanna have your kids someday
They’d all have dimples on their face like you
And when you’re old or bald or grey
I’m gonna love your wrinkly face
Nobody else could love you like I do
7. Sweeter Than This by Katie Herzig
I’ll feed you ramen and you’ll braid my hair
Anything goes when you don’t even care,
When you’re this far in love
If it gets any sweeter than this,
I don’t wanna know
8. Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
What’s all of this about?
Don’t get your way all you do is fuss and pout
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home
9. Five Years Time by Noah And the Whale
Oh well in five years time we could be walking round a zoo
With the sun shining down over me and you
And there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too
And I’ll put my hands over your eyes, but you’ll peep through
10. Home by Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros
I do love my Ma and Pa
Not the way that I do love you
Well, holy moly me oh my
You’re the apple of my eye
Girl, I’ve never loved one like you
11. Here is a Heart by Jenny Owen Youngs
Here is a heart
I made it for you so take it
Battered and braised
Grilled and sautéed
Just how you like it
12. Mango by Catey Shaw
Oh sweet mango baby
won’t you be mine?
I know you don’t like labels
but let me buy you some wine
13. Darlin’ by Dave Barnes
Darlin’ we got it made
Your kids are at your mama’s and baby all the bills are paid
How ’bout a kiss, honey I’ll meet you half way
14. Loser by Julian Moon
Full disclosure: One curse word in this one!
There’s a little bit of loser in us
Just two weirdos who fell in love
I guess we’re made from the same weird stuff
Being a loser with you doesn’t suck
15. Vintage by High Dive Heart
You’re timeless like an old stack of vinyl
Hundred-year-old bottle of wine-o
Love the classics but what do I know?
You’re the pair of Chucks I never wanna take off
The beat the DJ can’t help but drop
Your Mona Lisa makes my heart stop
16. I Don’t Know by Lisa Hannigan
I don’t know if you can dance
If the thought ever occurred to you
If you eat what you’ve been given or you push it around your plate
I’d like to cook for you all the same
I would want to
I am game
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What are your favorite funny love songs? Share your tip in a comment below!