Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Life Is A Recalcitrant Toddler



As the debacle that is having more than two children continues, I'm realising that my days can be easily divided into two categories. Naughty and Nice. Because you know, life is just like a toddler - sometimes it's cute and clean cut and wonderful and other times it's face is covered in snot and you need to wipe up some serious metaphorical boogers before you can face the world.

As I move through each day, I'm trying to remind myself that the stressful moments are just that, moments. They are relatively short lived, they WILL pass and they will (usually) be followed by some sort of calm.

In time, with some focus and intentionality I hope I can turn some of these 'Naughty' moments into nice ones, because every recalcitrant toddler can be tamed. And if that's the case, then so can my life.

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Drinking my morning coffee whilst Dave is still at home - Nice

Packing the children into the car for absolutely ANY reason - Naughty

Watching the children have their swimming lesson - Nice

Dressing children after said swimming lesson and packing them into the car - Naughty

Having a pic-nic lunch in the sun - Nice

Insisting that the children have a quiet rest in their room and enduring the subsequent hour of tantrums - Naughty

Allowing said children out of their room and sending them out side to play - Nice

Having them return to the house after covering them selves in mud and releasing our 20 chooks and 3 rabbits - Naughty

Turning on iView and knowing that it will be on until Dave walks in the door - Nice

Telling Dave that the children flooded the garden, covered themselves in mud, released our 20 chooks and 3 rabbits and that he now has to locate, catch and contain them - Naughty

Preparing dinner while we all talk over one another - Nice

Getting kids bathed - Nice

Getting bathed kids into bed - REALLY Naughty

Pouring a G&T - Best part of my day.

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Please tell me your life is a rambunctious toddler too. Tell me your house is a mess, your car is a mess,  and your face is a mess. Go on. If you don't love me, lie to me.*


* a little Bon Jovi reference there for those of you who hit your straps in the 90's

45 comments:

  1. Your impressive vocabulary - NIIIIIIIICE! ;) x

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    1. I have conniptions every time I think about Mrs Walls ever finding my blog spot. It's like a nightmare in which she takes a red marker to my computer screen, circling every grammatical and spelling error before stamping a 52% at the top and ordering me out of her class!

      save me now.

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  2. You made me laugh out loud :) this is my life!
    Toddlers - you want to hug them one minute and strangle them the next :)

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    1. I have no idea why that's there - I just read this post then! Oh, hang on - Talia has been working on my blog tonight, maybe she was still logged in as me haha! Oh, you've got me looking forward to the toddler stage with sunny - I'm just starting to witness the first (floor kicking) tantrums...

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    2. I didn't think it sounded like you Briar!

      xx

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  4. Um, yep. You've just summed up my life. Glad to know I'm not the only one. And I've LITERALLY lived that scenario with the chooks. Except Phil was away and I had to call the in laws to help round them all up in a hurry because I hadn't clipped their wings yet. And I just slathered the carpet with shampoo because the girls were ACTUALLY napping at the same time for the first time ever so I wanted to be productive. I was stressed. I ended the day with a beer. We caught the chickens in the end ;)

    x

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  5. Ha ha...I love it!
    How about walking to Woolies with the dog and the toddler, tying up the dog, wrangling the toddler into the shopping trolley, doing the shopping only to find out that the EFTPOS machine is not working and they are only taking cash? So very naughty. And I might have uttered a naughty word or two as I hauled a screaming toddler and a dog around so I could find an ATM, get cash and pay for my groceries.

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  6. Yes! My life with a three and 16mth old seems to resemble a bipolar teenager! Heart swelling joys followed by tears and drama followed by fun followed by walking on eggshells! Oh the joys of toddlers! You're not the only one, you are so not the only one!! That I can promise Em

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  7. Haha, too funny! A lovely glimpse into the world of motherhood! xo

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  8. Love this! I have a 4 year old, a 1 year old and a bebe due in January (gulp.) I think you're doing a beautiful job handling three, and really appreciate your humor and honesty when writing about life at home with little ones. I am so nervous about adding a third child to our brood!

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  9. Love this post, Em :)

    My house smells like wet dog, there are bits of random cut up paper all over the floor (Lou likes to use scissors to cut up hundreds of tiny slivers, and then throw the pieces up in the air like confetti - rad), I still haven't done the dishes, and there are four baskets of dirty clothes in the laundry, waiting. My car looks much the same as the house, except with added strange smell, which may be grapes or apples or some other food item that's rolled into an unreachable place. And I end the day with sweets, but perhaps I should be doing the gin thing instead...

    We have some pretty awesome and very random conversations though - I'm sure you do too! Sometimes it's just the thing to make the whole day seem ok again. Like yesterday, when Judah realised that Lou was catching up to him in height - I told him that it was because she was eating ALL her vegetables, and then some (don't you just love how trusting kids are?). He gathered up a carrot, some snow peas, and beans and took them to his room to eat, while watching his progress in the mirror. Even though I had to measure him twice, it was worth it. Said that he grew a centimetre, and he's been eating his vegetables like a trooper since.

    x

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    1. seriously, I laughed and cried at the same time whilst reading your comment.

      Thats some good solidarity right there!!

      xxx

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  10. Yes! Today was especially trying and I just have ONE toddler. Today involved me being bit on the shoulder and slapped on the face (very naughty), watching him behave beautifully for Storytime and craft at the library followed by a babycino and latte at a cafe (nice), then nap refusal, wee accident on the floor, ripped up (board!) book, peanut butter toast fiasco, yogurt fiasco and poo smears (all naughty). Thanks for your timely post Em!

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  11. This is everyone's life Em. I don't even have toddlers any more ( 13, 10.5 & 18weeks) & some days I just want to run away. My days are sometimes horrid sometimes happy & mostly a mixture.
    Fighting with the teenager- horrid
    Watching the 10.5yr old play with the baby- happy
    Cooking food for kids who don't eat it- horrid
    Having a baby who wakes up smiling - happy

    I havent vacuumed in about 2 weeks. I've been in trackies the last two days. I eat more sugar than I should because I'm tired & need energy & can't be arsed making a green smoothie. I'm ok with that :)

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  12. I love this post. I have a teen, four year old and two year old. So I deal with teen hormones on a daily basis. Mr four is great although the billion questions a day sometimes get "a bit much" (grit teeth). Mr two is a different story. He is like a tornado and his current trick of climbing the fence into the vineyard.......constantly. Keeps me on my toes. I am like super man. I can leap tall fences in a single bound! x

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  13. Yeah it's a mess but it's wonderful. I've only been home four days now with our third baby. He's four year old brother and two year old sister keep things interesting around here. But the test will be next week when my husband is back at work. I'm just going to adopt the fly by the seat of my pants approach.

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  14. I love this post it has really made me smile and you have really made my day (found your blog today) as a stay at home mummy to two little peeps I definitely have naughty and nice days! And my house is a mess and my car well its worse!! I love, love, love you blog, I started my own last month if you get chance pop over and see me www.my-sweetthings.blogspot.co.uk will be sharing your post on facebook now its a classic. Much love from across the pond! x x

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  15. oh yes. my version is different now that they are older, but still, my days are full of the yin and the yang. the good and the bad, swinging back and forth all the time. right now I just want to get well and STAY well for a season. xo

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  16. Beautiful and funny! As the working Mum of a 3 year old and 18month old I can easily divide my day into naughty and nice moments...nice - getting woken up by snuggles with my wee boys....naughty -getting them ready and out the door by 7am, nice - then end of another day of adventures, boys bathed, fed and ready for bed and a glass of wine with hubby...really, its the simple pleasures of life that make long days and bone tiredness all worth it....

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  17. {www.crazyspeedylove.com}
    Without doubt life is crazy around my neck of the woods...but because I haven't been able to drive and housebound (for 3yrs) I have had to become a little less cranky, stressed and yell-full - otherwise I would end up in an asylum, as I had only my 4 walls to turn to. But reading my Blog and FB page yesterday you will read I got my license back - YAY! So you may be hearing from me for some out-in-public/swimming/shopping with 3 kids advise, as I have never down that on my own! I just have my fingers crossed, because I know it is going to turn to shit!! xx

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  18. Recalcitrant is one of my favourite words x

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  19. This one's for you, homegirl x
    http://theveggiemama.com/2013/08/hey-mamas-im-right-there-with-ya/

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  20. Bless your cotton socks! Yeha and hallelujiah, my face is dirty, my hair filthy, i have jam on my neck and I can smell poop...somewhere...close....following me....
    yep, wouldn't change it for the world...

    Someone wise once said to me when pregnant for the first time... "you know that children are for life? Really, no long service, no holiday, no 5 oclock knock off time... children...are ... forever"
    Yepo. Love it.

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  21. That you even have 5 minutes to spare to take a photo in a week amazes me, let alone your being able to follow it up with a blog post. According to your lovely pictures, you are living a fabulous life, one your kids will undoubtedly be thanking their lucky stars for when they are older. My hats off to you!

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  22. All of this, yes!

    But I also find plenty of combo moments - Nighty? Nicety? Nauce? - those moments where they've drawn all over the walls but *they're playing so well together!* Or they want to come and snuggle with you, warm and tight, but it's four thirty in the morning. Everything all at once.

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  23. i have an almost 7 week old and a toddler who just turned 2 last week -- my house, my mind and everything in between is either messy or on the verge of a break down. so your post could have been written by myself!

    oh, add in there a bub who seems to think that 4am is the new 9am and doesn't sleep after that hour...and sore raw nipples to add to the mix, and that sums up my life at the moment (of course though we wouldn't have it any other way!)

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  24. I think we might be reading the same book??? There seems to be some undiagnosed button on children which makes them behave a certain way whenever their mother is trying to get them ready, out the door and into the car!!! (Doesn't seem to apply to the Dad's though... Why is that?) Once on the road though, it all seems to be good.Or nice.
    Roll with it. It gets better. Life with 3 is busy, busy, busy. I actually managed to vacuume my carpet today. Made the house look so different. Revell in the small achievements, enjoy the happy moments. Compliment the kids when they are doing something you love. And take a deep breath when they don't.
    Hugs beautiful girl!
    Sheree x0x

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    1. That is so true!! My kids are awsome with the dad. No problems easy going listen etc etc but when he is not around its as if all hell breaks loose and I need an extra two hours between the start of getting ready to leave to actually leaving most places especially home!!

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  25. How did you know my day? Add in, summer heat, and being a hot mess while getting kids in/out of the car. You are not alone!

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  26. Hahahaha. Em you make me laugh in every post. Chicken-catching is the worst. Once ours got loose and they actually flew up onto the neighbour's roof. It's hard to believe such a bird can launch itself upwards like that.

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  27. Its the jolt from nice to naughty that always gets me. Mine are 7 and 10 so I get the break in the day but in the afternoon you go from watering the garden/kids happily doing homework (nice) to life coach and therapist re "I'm the teachers pet and my friends use me" (naughty) to nice because my youngest has diligently cut up some strawberries to make her feel better but she doesn't like strawberries and we laugh and its all nice again. Its one long emotional rollercoaster with only hills and valleys and no straight bits.

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  28. Everything in my life is both. A little man who curls my hair and sighs as he goes to sleep...nice. A little man who WILL not go to sleep unless hold my hair...naughty

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  29. Pouring that G+T at the end of the day is the best. Exhale. x

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  30. I only have the one little munchkin, she is 11 months old. I always thought i'd want 2 children but now i'm not so sure, i just don't know if i could cope. She is a pretty good bubba, there are definitely more nice moments then naughty ones but i am exhausted, mentally & physically. I haven't had a full nights sleep since i was about 6 months pregnant. My house is crazy messy, it has been months since i've had the time to properly clean it. I hate that i don't always have the time to shower every day, my last visit to the hairdressers was over a year ago. I miss my nightly vino, with a bub that likes to stay up partying until close to midnight most nights, as soon as she's asleep i crash.

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  31. My aunt has a g&t at the end of each day. I never realised why until I had Lulu!

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  32. Late to the party, but just wanted to say that even though your day is up and down I love the way you were able to pull the nice things out. I tend to focus only on the naughty without recognising the nice and end up getting quite down and frustrated, maybe while I sip the gin (it's not usually gin, I'm a tea girl) I should remember the nice too.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em