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Nov 12, 2010 - 18 comments

Yep the title says it all. my daughter is driving me insane. she refuses to keep clothes on and I KNOW that we live in FL so our winters are mild right now (although we had several weeks of consistently below-freezing weather last winter) but the only way we can keep her clothed and warm at night is to either put her in the ONE long-sleeved onesie we have that fits her, or put a long-sleeved shirt on and put a normal onesie OVER that to keep her from removing it.

I've decided that toddlers have the ability to discover whatever pushes your buttons...and do that repetitively ad infinitum. Kahlan just turned 2 in the end of September and already she's in the full-blown terrible two's. She's so adorable about 70% of the time, but that other 30% she's unmanageable, wild, and completely prone to discovering what ticks me off and obsessing over it. (in other words...she's two.)

Very often I describe her as the "toddler-shaped growth on my butt"...and it's true. Everywhere I go, everything I do, she's right there. And I mean RIGHT there. I turn around and step on her, that's how close she stays.

I know I'm going to miss this. I know I'm going to wish that she was little again. I already miss her being a baby because I took that stage for granted with her, and I know that these days will be golden to me somewhere down the road....I just can't see that exit yet.

what does YOUR toddler do in excess that can drive you up the wall? I figured this would be a good way to vent and maybe share a few laughs.

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by vacuumprincess, Nov 12, 2010
sorry to say... 3 was worse than 2.  

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by Ashelen, Nov 12, 2010
I know it. I'm living in a consistent state of's how I get through the days. If I pretend like it's going to get better soon, I won't go insane ;).

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by onyxangel, Nov 12, 2010
OMG I love this kid already hahaha. She is so FREAKING funny look at her inthat picture hahaha. Omg that needs to be blown up and put in the living room it's so cute. I cant wait to have a daughter that I step on hahaa.

But I can see how that would drive you insane.. my husband does that too... but it's not so cute.

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by Ashelen, Nov 12, 2010
LOL that would drive me nuts...I can't stand when my husband is in the kitchen if I'm trying to cook...I always chase him out.

She's such a card...if you're sitting on the couch and put your arms behind your head and/or cross your ankles she'll do the same thing and try to look casual about it....and if you look at her she'll turn her face away and look at you out of the corner of her eye and pretend not to look. and last night she was lying on my bed with her butt leaning up against the wall and her feet up in the air and she was laughing hysterically at herself for no reason...she's worth all of the trouble and frustration, that's for sure....but there are some days that I feel like Bill Cosby "I brought you in this world and I can take you out" (not really so no one get up in arms, LOL)...I always laugh when I think of that phrase.

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by onyxangel, Nov 12, 2010
Lol yea I HATE HATE HATE It when DH is in the kitchen .. it's kinda small so there is NO need for him to be in there when I am trying to cook it AGGRAVATES me.. I sometimes do it to him and he get really mad haha

She is so funny you should start making home videos of her playing up so you can show her when she gets older :) too cute

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by AHP84, Nov 12, 2010
Well, I don't have a toddler, but I have a soon-to-be six year old boy (in five more days).
I do remember that age three was far worse than age two, and age four was by far the best yet.
Then he hit age five. I don't know for girls, but for your son, here's what you have to potentially look forward to dealing with regularly:

- Attitude
- Backtalk
- Procrastination for thinks as simple as putting on socks
- Peeing on the toilet seat (not just dribbles, but puddles) and then "forgetting" to wipe up, flush, and put the freakin' toilet lid down
- Feet so stinky they make you gag, much to his amusement
- The smellier the fart, the funnier and the more he tries to create more gas within himself
- "Forgetfulness" with no possible way whatsoever to "respark" the memory
- Talking and interrupting every time you want to speak to another adult, and if ya don't address him immediately, then by golly, he'll just get louder and more physical with the tapping and arm tugging
- Figuring out more ways to whine and complain--trust me, you will know avenues of complaints that you never thought possible because of their ability to reason at this age
- Attitude
- Backtalk
- A little more attitude and backtalk

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by LosingMyMindInGA, Nov 12, 2010
First it was he's moving past that.  His latest great annoyance is LICKING.  He'll walk up and lick you, wheneve, wherever.  It's most annoying when I'm woken out of a nice sleep to him licking my arm or something.  

When I say something to him he replies with "HUH?" so I repeate myself....again he says "HUH?" and this repeats til i get frusterated and say "NEVERMIND"

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by jenkaye21, Nov 12, 2010
Ooh!  Pick me! Pick me!
My toddler says "mamaaaaaaaa"  so looong and drawn out, and sooooo many times a day that I wanna change my name!!!  I tune him out sometimes, because it is truly non-stop, then, when I finally say "What?!?!" he'll go, "I love you!" Makes me feel like [email protected]!
I know I loved loved loved it when each of my babies started saying Mama, but after a while (7.9 million times)..... arggghHH!!

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by Ashelen, Nov 12, 2010
[email protected] Ga and Jenkaye....I can relate to those soooo much...

Sometimes my daughter says "mama" so much in a single day that I'm just like WHAT...WHAT OMG WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY WANT...I always try to respond to the first "mama" but sometimes it's like you respond and 2 seconds later there's another reason for "mama!".

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by Cassandrajane, Nov 12, 2010
Even though Harry isnt born yet! I have the experience of MANY brothers and sisters.... 3 is WORSE than 2, BY MILES!
My brother... Well... Sometimes he's alright, others he is out of control, and it drives me mad!!!! He hates clothes during the day, the other day in tthe RAIN, my brother jumpeed out of my window (Im on the ground floor) IN MY SISTERS SWIMMING SUIT AND WENT TO THE PARK!!!. LOL.. He was gone for like 3 secs, because the park is next door literally and we saw him!!

But it will eventtually get better.... I think! I hope! LOL...


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by smjmekg, Nov 12, 2010
Um...yeah. I don't know of much that I haven't told you already about Elijah, lol.

I don't know if I told you he spilled almost a full gallon of paint on the baby's carpet last weekend. The other day he decided he wanted yogurt, which is fine and he knows how to open it and get a spoon for himself, BUT this day he decided it would be better to finger paint the kitchen chair with it, thank GOD we covered them with plastic...he decided to give the cat a bath AGAIN a couple days ago. Now he's saying NO when you tell him to do something and tells you "I don't want to...." AND randomly he'll walk up to you and tell you he loves you and kiss you, specifically when he sees you're tired of answering to "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMYYYYYY" five thousand times! OH! And he'll poop on the potty, occasionally again, but he'll go stand somewhere and pee on the floor...

Believe it or not, he's getting better...he doesn't throw as many fits, he's usually pretty good about listening, and MOST of the time he does what you say...BUT I'm sure this is just the calm before the storm...three is only eight months away...

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by vacuumprincess, Nov 12, 2010
    When my daughter was 3 I got a call from the neighbors house. I had had an argument with my kid 7 sent her to her room.  I began to vacuum up the smashed up cheerio mess that she deliberaly ground into the carpet, couch etc...  
    I didn't realize that she had gone onto the porch and was "venting".  She was out there yelling all the "profanity" she knew. I didn't hear this over the vacuum, but luckly I felt the vibration of the phone in my pocket.  The neighbor wanted to know If I was aware that she was yelling, "poop!  buns!  booger!  butt!  Boobs! puke!  Barf!"  repeatedly off the front porch.
    such a lovely age.

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by Cassandrajane, Nov 12, 2010
My brother bent over and farted in my sisters face today!!! I thought that was funny though, but I did tell him off and sit him on the naughtty step!! and makehim say sorry.

My brother has finally stopped swearing though... LOL..x

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by Michele, Katy, TX, Nov 12, 2010
Well my toddler loves to get into anything and everything, she shouldn't, with her bad influence  older sister.  That particular sister is 5.  Yep, they will get into anything.  It is soooooo annoying.  And they love to blame each other :)  I have found many a candy wrappers in the most peculiar of places!!!!

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by 5n1, Nov 12, 2010
Girl , I know what you are going through...My DS went through terrible 2s for like a month, so I was like wow awesome..Then came 3 and still no bad behavior, so I assumed that I had somehow defied the odds or the bad dumb me..well in came 4 and WHOA...Like a ton of bricks...hes very smart and opinionated...he is such an angel at school, the teacher brags about him, and I have asked her before if we were talking about the same child? If he wants something he will just go climbing and get it, which wouldnt be such a big deal, but our counters are really tall, so I tell him he cant do it, and his response is"well Momma if I fall and break my head, we can just tape it or glue it" lol  and his fit throwing is almost unbearable now...He has so much energy and man it is hard to keep up with him, but he is just so darn cute lol..he is big though for his age..44inches tall and 50 lbs..and he only has 7%body fat, he is all muscle, so when he does throw himself on the ground with a fit, it is extremely hard to pick him up

just think we are both about to have another one go through these stages lmbo...oh what did we do? haha

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by penswriter, Nov 12, 2010
I have 2 year old twins...I have a growth for each but check and we've been in terrible two's since 1 year. lol.

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by specialmom, Nov 12, 2010
ha ha.  Well Ivy, you are a spirited young woman yourself, it would be only natural to have a daughter that is spirited as well!  I love it.  She'll grow up to be a strong woman like you for sure.  

I must say that I . . . don't kill me for being honest here . . . thought 2 was a lot better than 3 and 4 was maybe a tiny bit better than 3 half the time and worse the other half.  Five gets better and by 6, ahh . . . slightly more impulse control sets in.  (sometimes)

When my dear son was 2, he had a one year old brother.  I don't really remember what he did that year as it is all a blur.  But the next year when my youngest was 2 and my oldest was 3 . . . good times were had by this dynamic duo of trouble.  I felt like they plotted all day for the one time that I HAVE to go to the bathroom and I'd have to be in the bathroom for a few minutes "stuck" . . .  Let's see---------- there was the time that they swiftly dragged a chair over to my pantry and climbed up and got out a big canister of oatmeal, ran to our tv room and began throwing it in the air yelling "it's snowing, it's snowing!!"  There was the time they dragged the overflying laundry hamper and dumped it so it all fell down the stairs and then they dove in it.  Oh yeah, they did that a LOT.  They applied my make up to each other and I thought that was going to be a trip to the emergency room for a scratched cornea when one got the eye shadow brush too close to the actual eye.  Ouch.  It was good times and I never knew what they would cook up next.

My favorite is when I'd give two choices and they'd pick and then I'd give them their choice and they'd cry that they really wanted the other.  

Anyway, some days I'd just be counting the seconds to bed time and then they'd go to sleep and I'd peek at them and they looked like the little babies they once were and I'd get the determination to make it through another day.  

Enjoy it---------- cliche----------  but it really does go fast!  

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by AHP84, Nov 12, 2010
Trevor went through a phase at age three of putting things in his nose. Yet, he had not figured out how to effectively blow his nose, so instead of blowing out, he's suck back get the picture.
One day, he was watching my sister and a friend of hers make bead necklaces. They were unaware that they dropped a spherical bead and it rolled to him. Of course, he shoved it into his nose.
He walked up to me with a proud smile and said, "Mommy, look! I have a bead in my nose!"
Okay, don't panic...I tried to push it out of his nose. Didn't work. So I plugged his open nostril and stupid me thought he'd miraculously learn how to properly blow his nose at this point, but no such luck. I said, "Blow!" and he went "shhnnuuuuck!" and up went the bead and lodged itself next to his eyeball, lol.
He was just as proud of himself when we got to the ER and he got to explain to all the pretty, doting nurses that he sucked a bead up into his nose. Then it took six people to hold him down to pull it out, which took all of five seconds, but it freaked him out so much that he has never put anything up his nose since that day.

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