OMG!!! My patience is shot!

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OMG!!! My patience is shot!

Ava has been destroying her room during nap and bed time. DESTROYING!!! I've taken out all her toys and books and thought that would solve the problem. But now she has moved on to emptying every piece of clothing from her dresser and every item from her hamper and putting them all in a HUGE messy pile in the middle of her room. UGH!

Outside of having to drill holes in her nice dresser to baby proof it, how do I stop this?!

So far I've:
-Listen at her door to get her out of her room the second she wakes up, before she can make a mess.
-I've talked to her about it.
-Made her help me clean it all up.
-Put her in time outs for the mess.
-Made her clean it all up on her own. Which involves me standing over her directing where each thing goes. That's When she doesn't mix it all with the dirty clothes.

it mostly involves me having to do A LOT of laundry several times a week because I don't know what's clean and what's dirty. I'm seriously going to lose my sh*t if I have to walk into messes of that degree again. :confused:

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I am opening up a bottle of wine. Does day drinking make your 100th load of laundry for the week any more tolerable? Sigh!

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Wine makes a lot of things tolerable!

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I am opening up a bottle of wine. Does day drinking make your 100th load of laundry for the week any more tolerable? Sigh!

Yes.

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Oh my! How annoying! I wonder if you just leave the mess for a few days, so she doesn't have any new messes to make for a bit...would that help her forget about it? Annoying, yes, but if it's just clothes...?

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I really wish I had some creative suggestion but I don't. I was just thinking the other day about how nice it is that Jordan is still in a crib and I don't have to worry about that sort of thing.

Maybe what Ashely said? Just leave it out for a few days?

And pour another glass! Wink

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Oh man. I've totally been there. J would do things like that during nap time and it would totally stress me out. I have to say that the worst was when DH was on duty and J smeared T's Desitin EVERYWHERE. Gross.

At Ava's age, you are doing all of the right things. I would continue to tell her no, I would talk to her about it, and I would make her clean up (I've had to do hand over hand pick up of items before!). In addition, I would maybe move the hamper out of her room, depending on the type of dresser she has... I'd temporarily remove some of the clothes from the bottom drawers, and then I'd set out appropriate items that you would prefer that she play with during the time when she wakes up and typically destroys the room and maybe rotate these items so that she keeps her interest in them over time...

Hang in there mama! I've had a few semi-similiar days lately as J is pretty much done with naps. He still needs it, but it is so hard to get him down. I get frustrated as I can't get/ keep T down for his nap. Not to mention, I am physically exhausted and wanting him to nap for me (why don't they get that? Wink ) Enjoy your wine!

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Oh man. I've totally been there. J would do things like that during nap time and it would totally stress me out. I have to say that the worst was when DH was on duty and J smeared T's Desitin EVERYWHERE. Gross.

At Ava's age, you are doing all of the right things. I would continue to tell her no, I would talk to her about it, and I would make her clean up (I've had to do hand over hand pick up of items before!). In addition, I would maybe move the hamper out of her room, depending on the type of dresser she has... I'd temporarily remove some of the clothes from the bottom drawers, and then I'd set out appropriate items that you would prefer that she play with during the time when she wakes up and typically destroys the room and maybe rotate these items so that she keeps her interest in them over time...

Hang in there mama! I've had a few semi-similiar days lately as J is pretty much done with naps. He still needs it, but it is so hard to get him down. I get frustrated as I can't get/ keep T down for his nap. Not to mention, I am physically exhausted and wanting him to nap for me (why don't they get that? Wink ) Enjoy your wine!

I cannot say much more! This is all very good! The girls are still in their cribs and we plan to keep them there for as long as possible. I am dreading the day they get some freedom!

As for the wine, drink away (in moderation of course)! Biggrin

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It's never occured to me to leave the mess there, so I did after that mess makin' session. I told her she needed to clean it up, and she did shove a lot of clothing back into one drawer. Then she moved on to making forts with her blankets. I'm trying to give her positive reenforcement for using the blankets and so far that's all she's played with. But I haven't done much with the clothes she's pulled out.

I do have to tackle that this afternoon. I hope for the last time! if it happens again, I'm going to move her dresser into her closet and put a lock up high so I can lock her out of it during naps.

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And here I thought we were laughing about it...sorry Amber. LOL That's usually how my whole house looks after Jus keeps D for the day. :rolleyes:

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it was pretty funny the first few times, Jenn. And I'm sure it will be funny again once the pain has worn off (sniff, sniff!). Wink

G laughs every.single.time. But that's probably because it's cleaned up before he gets to see the full hurricane Ava in person. :biglaugh:

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This reminds me so much of Alicia's current passion. Every single thing she owns gets piled, and then she crawls in. She will literally move all her stuffies, her couch, whatever toys and shoes she's currently favouring from room to room and crawl in. She piles it on me whenever possible, and then crawls onto my lap. I'll have to see if DH has taken a picture, its hilarious, if very messy. I'm forever saying she's going to be a hoarder. That said, I think its a phase, they don't know that there stuff will be there when they get back yet, they are just learning this...and thus they need to examine or have their things with them all the time.

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What kind of wine did you have? Wink

Ava, Ava. Hope she just focuses on the blankets/forts.

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I had a blend of a cab. merlot and sumthing else....it's quiet yummy!

So far so good on the mess front.

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Isaac does that with his books...all over the floor. I leave them for a while and then when he wants to do something fun he has to pick his room up first.

And yes, day drinking in moderation (at home) is a perfectly acceptable form of parenting :). It makes everything better and more fun.