Thursday, June 28, 2012

have babies, make mess, lose mind...

i think i did it, i finally broke my kids. they used to be so well behaved and now, they just draw all over everything with pens...

(or in stella's case, pre potty training, her poop...)

the seat of my new car, our less then twenty-four hour old stroller, and one of my giant mounted photos of stella. pen, all over it. i have three kids, three, and one of them is eight years old, and not once in those eight years of being a mom, until this last month has any of my kids been a "off the paper" colorers and it is stressing me out. how can i possibly hide all permanent writing materials or gum, let's talk about gum - stella can find a hidden piece or package anywhere and devour the whole thing in seconds. who is this kid? i am not going to give up on the idea of having nice things when you have kids, i can't just give up my style for all washable surfaces. so we power on and we stand in the corner a lot and we lose privileges.

it makes me wonder what is going on - is it the new baby coming? i am going to argue no - even though i agree it is a huge change for everyone, nothing has really changed yet. there are no big pieces of stuff coming into the house or no one has lost a room and we don't even talk about it that much. so is it all being together for the summer continuously trapped indoors because of rain? probably.

i mean in all honesty i am so lost here. these naughty kids are so foreign to me and i am not bragging by any means, just trying to navigate a major shift happening here. i have to fish stella out of a self prescribed sink bath at least three times a day and thank god for a lock on our fridge water spout. rowan hits her sisters all of the sudden, but really that could just be a direct result of the fact stella is constantly beating the crap out of her.

don't even get me started about the arguing and the lack of responsibility for ones messes - there is a lot of that happening too. is this what i have to look forward to when they are all teenagers, except multiplied by a hundred? there better be wine, i am just saying.

i love my kids and feel so blessed to have three unique, charismatic, strong, smart girls but lord please return the ones who obey my rules and put their dishes in the dishwasher because i might not survive the summer.

so, how do you battle your little wall picasso?

7 comments:

melissa rohr said...

My daughter is five, she drew on the back of our old vinyl couch and the wall besides it ONE time. She got a spanking and has never done it again. Most people don't believe in spanking but I do. My parents spanked me (no, they didn't beat me, there's a difference) and I knew they loved me and knew that when I got a spanking it was because I was WRONG. My daughter isn't perfect by any means and she doesn't have siblings so things are different but she also understands that I mean business when I tell her no about something.

melissa rohr said...

Oh my gosh. I could have written this. I published a post this morning about my crazy, unruly toddler... pleading for help. We are on the same page mama.

melissa rohr said...

I have no advice. The good weather is coming so it won't be long before you can turn them loose! ;)

melissa rohr said...

I hear ya - I replied to Mandy's post this morning. Def a combo of the bad weather and loss of school days. Giving you a cheers with my magic eraser over here:)

melissa rohr said...

omg haha! stella is for sure making up for what great toddlers rowan and zoe were! tim's family keeps telling me he was the EXACT same way, so at least i have someone to blame :)

melissa rohr said...

we need to get a fence up so bad! then? i am not against locking them outside all day - with a plate of food of course.

melissa rohr said...

we need to get stella and b together and let them run each other out!