Monday, October 19, 2009

The Terrible Twos

Sorry it has been so quiet on the blog front. The Deebles have spent the last few weeks just trying to survive this crazy busy season in our lives.

Dan has been super busy with work due to the church moving to its new location on November 1st. Woo Hoo! And I, Elise, have been practically home bound for two weeks with cold, rainy weather and three sick kids(two "Terrible Two" year olds and a feisty 1 year old). My goal at this point is just to survive. I have learned at a whole new level why they call it the terrible twos.

Potty training two strong willed 2-year olds with an equally as strong willed one year old and two neurotic dogs almost put me over the edge last week. Imagine a mom who is claustrophobic in a TINY bathroom, with a huge step stool, a children's little potty seat, three girls and two tiny dogs. One girl is screaming that she wants to "do it all by herself", the littlest girl is either dangling from the sink, or opening and closing the cabinet door or worse the bathroom door. While the other two year old is trying to drive her noisy ride toy into the already crammed bathroom. And then if that wasn't crazy enough having one dog who was apparently having a nervous breakdown huddling between my legs.

I have a whole new appreciation for the "Serenity Now" Seinfeld episode. Needless to say we all survived. And this week is already looking so much better. Today it is 70 degrees. The sun is shining. We got out of the house. Mia is pretty much potty trained. I have given up on Brianna. And I took the offensive in our main floor bathroom: removed Hadley's favorite climbing stool, put door stopper on the door, rubber banded the cabinet doors shut and my favorite REMOVED the batteries from the obnoxiously loud ride toy.

Still considering putting the dog on Prozac!


grey like snuffie said...

WOW...a dog on prozac...that is crazy. After reading this post I'm feeling the need for some dark chocolate or "something"....not sure what helps you. :o)

In our small child days...all NOISY toys went to the grandparents...they were usually the ones who tried to sneak them into our home anyway.

Praying for you guys...praying God multiplies time to accomplish much and grants His wisdom to all who are involved with the new set up. Peace to your home!

Jen said...

I agree with GLS - you need some dark chocolate. That is what I call my "mommy Zoloft." I have been known to give our dog 1/2 a Benadryl! It works great, just don't do it too often! You may need to just give your little pup the children's Benadryl. :)

Hang in there and keep up the good work. It will pay off in the end! Who knows that feisty 1 year old might get the hang of it before B does! :)

Betty W. said...

Deebles Sounds like you need a date night. In reality sounds like the girls are sooooooooo perfectly normal and I wish I could be the babysitter for that date night.
Our Pansy is learning all about little boys - Owen thinks it is funny that she tries to bite him (she has no front teeth).
Love to all!! MO