Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Water and spiders

"It's a boy!" said the Dr. "Finally" I thought. Some days I now wonder what I was wishing for! I always said that I didn't want any girls. Too much drama. Well, I have drama sure, but it is nice that I don't have to worry about them scaling the porch swing or figuring out how to climb up the posts of the play set. This has been quite a morning for Christopher. He is active as ever... perhaps a cause of the full moon? Kaitlyn started school yesterday so maybe some of his over activity is because of the added excitement surrounding that event. Regardless of the cause I am VERY ready for rest time today. Which, of course, isn't happening easily due to the issue of Binky being lost. Today one event made me laugh. Not just a chuckle, "oh my word what am I going to do with you?" kind of a moment.. a true HA HA HA HA ROFLOL moment.

I had made the kids turkey sandwiches for lunch with grapes and crackers. Good lunch, one they typically eat without complaint. Christopher was extra hungry, and given his activity level this morning I was not surprised, so I fed him first. He was peacefully eating at the table when Phil came home. I had the brilliant idea to go talk to Phil about something while Christopher was eating...mistake. You'd think I'd learn after the 1,000 time. Anyhow.. I came back down stairs to find that Chris had cleaned his plate and placed it in the sink. My first instinct was to check the trash can. Nothing there... incredible.. he did have time enough to finish what he had been given so I didn't think twice about it. Nothing on the floor, nothing in the living room, nothing in the trash.. we're good! Give the kid a cookie and a pat on the back. Way to go bud! The girls are ready to eat so they sit down and Phil and I do as well. About 5 minutes after we started eating Chris brings me a piece of turkey. Hmmmmm... this is suspect, but perhaps I just overlooked it on the floor. Then comes another one... and a watering can which he had brought in from outside. Guess where his lunch was? Yes, it was in the watering can. Never in a million years would I have looked there. Chances are that the ants would have had a lovely picnic later this afternoon had he not shown me his hiding spot. Phil's comment? "He can eat this right? I mean, the only thing that's been in here is water...well, and spiders."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


There are some days when I want to trade in my kids at the store. Today is one of those days. The girls have been good, for the most part, but Christopher is most definitely, without question a 2 year old boy. He is into everything all the time, so I'm not surprised when I say things like "Don't eat the batteries" and "Get those wipes out of your mouth!", but today was the culmination.

For those that know me, you know that my son has attempted to climb the refrigerator. Yes, that's right, the refrigerator. See, we have a small counter next to our fridge where our coffee pot sits. Well next to that counter is our trash can. Chris figured out that if he put something next to the trash can, like a 'Sit n Spin', he could use it to climb up onto the trash can, from there to the counter, from there to the coffee pot and from THERE he could reach the top of the fridge (which, by the way, is where the candy and knives are because I thought I was being smart putting them out of reach). And this happened when he was 10 months old.

Okay, so given that context, this is the scene that played out today. I ran upstairs to go potty and put on my shoes as we were heading out the door to go to the library. I don't know how long it takes you to do that, but it doesn't take me very long. I have 3 small children, it can't! So I come back down the stairs and I hear Chris screeching like a monkey. I come around the corner into the kitchen to find him hanging, literally hanging, from the TOP shelf of the cabinets next to the sink. He pushed a chair over to the counter, climbed onto the counter, crawled - or walked or flew, I'm not quite sure which - over the sink to the other side of the counter, opened the cabinet, took out all of the stuff on the bottom two shelves and climbed up. Now this might not be so awful if all I had in this cabinet were plastic containers and dishes, but the reality is that this cabinet is my medicine cabinet. Not only did he dump everything out of the cabinet, he opened bottles of pills. Thankfully he only opened the vitamins, but the fact that they had "child proof" caps did not stop him. Oh, and he decided to EAT the vitamins. My vitamins, which happen to contain a small amount of iodine. He then found out they did not taste like candy and spit them out, effectively staining my counters with iodine. I couldn't decide if I wanted to cry or scream.

I know... really, I really do KNOW... that I am not the only mom out there that has days like this. For those of you that are in the trenches with me, maybe it will be better tomorrow.... right? Here's to hoping! And I think I'll take that margarita now! :-)
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