The joys of toddlers

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ange84's picture
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The joys of toddlers

This afternoon has really let me experience the 'joys' of having a toddler. First we did the groceries and Ronin kept trying to eat them, he attempted to eat the broccoli, sweet potato, grapes and apples and held onto the cucumber with a death grip. we went to the checkouts and he had slipped the cucumber down to his lap and almost left without paying for it anfd then started trying to eat it through the plastic.
We got home and this is what Ronin did while I cought the grceries up

He ate nearly a quarter of the cucumber before I removed it and he had a tantrum. Then I took his nappy off and he prmptly peed on the floor, no drama I just cleaned it up and put jocks on. About 15 minutes later he comes running up with wet jocks crying, no drama, I pick him up and comfort him, and then he pees on me.
After cleaning it up I go to put dinner in the oven and he tries to touch the door. I don't think he got his hand but I ran it under water just in case. I put him down and he started screaming, so I ran it under water again and he started grabbing the tap, he just wanted to play with the water. A small dummy spit followed and then he grabbed a sieve and started getting about the house like this

He then came over and peed on the floor again.
Now he is trying to sit on the cat and yelling there at the cat and trying to make him play with the scratch box which he just took away from the cat.. It could be a very long night

alwayssmile's picture
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That sounds about right. Lol Totally cute to me that he ate so much of that cucumber!

I'll have to update later with one of my toddler stories.

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So true! If Teagan were eating anything green I'd let her have at it! This morning, Teagan managed to get her panties down and poop on the potty. Somehow she got poop on her shirt. Then, as I cleaned her potty out, I hear her say "uh oh" as she peed on the floor.

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sounds like my morning. Trying to clean our tiny bathroom downstairs usually takes me 10-15 minutes. it took my 30 minutes today and I am still not done. I have given up for now, i just need to wash the floor. DH has been downstairs trying to wash crap off the cats butt:rolleyes: as I am in the bathroom he is knocking over the garbage bin, trying to grab the toilet brush, and trying to play in the toilet. Then he starts pulling toilet paper off the roll and ripping it up. I finally kicked him out and shut the door but then he went into the livingroom and grabbed DH's shirt that was layingo n the couch, threw it on the floor and then grabbed my ipod and threw it on the floor. as i am chasing after that he runs back into the bathroom and knocks the garbage over again. O.M.G I kicked him out again and he goes in the closet and gets the broom. I gave up then and let him walk around playing with it lol

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Oh, my! That sounds about like our house too...except no peeing because I haven't gotten to the point of trusting her diaperless at all yet Smile

Last week she was removing groceries from the bags in the cart as the girl was putting them in...we were at Trader Joe's, where you put the cart on one side of the counter and you stand on the other, and there were people between us so I couldn't really reach her...and then she pulled up the EGGS, holding on to just one tiny corner of the carton, and swung it out over the concrete floor...:shock: I nearly had a heart attack, but thankfully the old man in line behind her grabbed them and saved the day.

You can always tell which grocery packers (and waiters, for that matter...) do and don't have kids...:roll:

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We had a grocery store incident the other day. We were checking out and I picked T up out of the cart, turned around, and heard a loud crash right behind me. Without me noticing, Teagan had grabbed a glass container of half and half out of one of the bags while I was lifting her up and then thrown it to the floor. Needless to say, we high-tailed it outta there!

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Sounds a lot like going grocery shopping with Lyla. Nothing goes in the cart without going past her first. He's cute with his cucumber though.

I attempted to clean the kitchen this morning. Attempt being the key word. You try cleaning a kitchen with a cranky toddler and a cranky newborn that you can't put down.

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We have things chucked out of the cart at the grocery store all the time. Sometimes I use grocery shopping as my alone time so he stays home with daddy. Laundry is always fun too. The other day he took clean folded towels and dipped them in the dogs water. He has learned how to pause the washer too.

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

You try cleaning a kitchen with a cranky toddler and a cranky newborn that you can't put down.

Ugh, Anna...no way. I can't even manage it with a HAPPY toddler. The second the dishwasher opens, she's putting clean things in (if it's dirty), taking dirty things out and playing with them, grabbing knives and glasses, trying to climb on the open door...etc etc aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!! I've pretty much stopped worrying about it unless she's sleeping or WELL occupied.

And oh the dog water...why is that such a toddler magnet??

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Love all the stories!
I either leave Odin home with DH or bribe Odin with produce when it comes to the store. He likes handing all the food to the checker at least instead of unloading bags. Cleaning is futile around Odin too so I wait till nap or bedtime.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Ugh, Anna...no way. I can't even manage it with a HAPPY toddler. The second the dishwasher opens, she's putting clean things in (if it's dirty), taking dirty things out and playing with them, grabbing knives and glasses, trying to climb on the open door...etc etc aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!! I've pretty much stopped worrying about it unless she's sleeping or WELL occupied.

And oh the dog water...why is that such a toddler magnet??

OMG don't even get me started on the dishwasher. He thinks licking dirty silverware, who knows which germed up kid at preschool used it, is the best thing ever. :puke:

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I rarely take him grocery shopping. i consider it "me" time. When I do though he isn't too bad yet. He does turn around and grab stuff, but i find if i get him involved with helping put produce in bags or giving him a box of something for him to play with he does ok.

the dishwasher is a whole other story. sometimes i let him help me empty it when it's clean if there is a lot of plastic stuff in there. he likes to take them out and hand them to me. but if it's dirty or a lot of glass or breakables, forget it. I wait until he is in bed or in his highchair. it is impossible

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I have no choice on taking Ronin shopping because of hubby working, so he comes. I am lucky he isn't too grabby from the shelves most of the time and is generally well behaved, he must have been hungry yesterday though

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I always take Addy grocery shopping...she really likes it (she likes to flirt and eat samples) but the checkout has become really annoying with the grabbing. She does LOVE to help unpack groceries at home, though, and it's actually really helpful--she hands me things out of the bags and I put them away. I do make sure to grab the eggs and anything heavy in glass.

Joy, you just made me feel better about my dishwasher problem, and I didn't think it was possible to be worse Blum 3

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I take DS with me to the commissary. It's closed by the time DH gets home. Even though it's not always very comfortable right now I always wear DS on my back for the grocery store. I just make sure to keep my back away from the shelves and all is great. It ends up being pretty peaceful. Though I hate that there are zero cart returns here, so I end up having to tip a bagger a couple of dollars just to bring out our 3 bags of groceries every week (baggers work for tips only, they don't get a wage).

Dishwasher? Aiden likes the knives if I don't immediately pull them out first! Recently he's taken great joy in picking out his plastic dishes and putting them away (he has a basket in a lower cabinet that all of his plates, bowls, and cups go into). If I move REALLY fast I can get the rest of the bottom unloaded while he's occupied with that. Though once he's done he likes to take out his clean dishes and put them back in the dishwasher. lol

Now before you think we have it made over here, let's go over highlights from this morning. Mind you it's only 10:15 right now. DH opens front door to let in light (have a 2nd door that's still closed). DS shuts front door and then gets very upset that the door is closed. He melts down to the floor and starts pounding his fists. He's thrown all of his dishes from his cabinet AT DH. That went over real well. DH yelled *sigh*, DS melts down again. Meanwhile he keeps signing something to us, only it's not a sign that we taught him or recognize, so he melts down because we don't understand what he's asking. Adien has turned off the TV on DH and when DH told him no and turned the TV back on DS runs over to one of our end tables and KNOCKS IT OVER! Thankfully its as empty and had nothing on it! I've lost track of how many times this kid has cried this morning and melted to the floor to pound his fists and hands. I'm wondering if he learned some not so great lessons yesterday from his cousins. Even my 4 year old nephew has a smart mouth on him and if he was my kid wouldn't be seeing the light of day it's so bad (seriously the worst smart mouth I've even ran across and I've worked with 4 year olds in daycare for years!).

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I've wondered if some of the fits have been picked up at daycare as well. i know one of the girls there is a little dramatic lol.

i have noticed an increase in meltdowns if either of us yell or actually say the word no. DH raises his voice more then I do, it's usually when I am at the end of my rope lol. And if we can tell him no without actually saying the word, it seems to go over a lot better and we have less meltdowns. Of course, there are times when all you can say is no Lol

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Very cute picture of Ronin with the cucumber! I do not take Isabelle grocery shopping-I always go on my way home from work and try to get in and out as fast as possible. I am sure she would enjoy going with me but I doubt the feeling would be mutual Smile I do try to pick up and fold laundry with her-she will empty out anything I am trying to put away faster than I can put it away and loves to try to pull the clean clothes off where ever I have them and throw them on the floor. It amazes me how she can trash a room in seconds flat.

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I take Rowan grocery shopping. No matter what, she can make it exactly halfway through a shopping trip before she decides to scream and demand to get out of the cart. If Dh is there, I usually end up taking her out and carrying (and nursing) her, just to get her to calm down. If he isn't there, she just has to scream, because I don't have enough hands.

Last time I took her shopping though, it was kind of lucky that she threw a screaming fit, because I moved her from the seat in the front of the cart to the main part of the basket (which she prefers, even though I know it's unsafe). Then, at the checkout after I paid, I was putting a 6-pack of beer back in the cart when the bottom fell out of it and all the beer came crashing down - in the seat of the cart. If she had still been sitting there, she would have been hit by the bottles.

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TFS the pic. Very cute. Thankfully DH does the grocery shopping before he picks her up from daycare. But times she has went she has done ok if we keep things out of her reach. I try to take some toys to keep her attention also.
She does not like the word no that is for sure, she still cries this poor pitiful cry anytime you tell her it.