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Katie - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Last week my newly 2 year old daughter was happily laying on my bed watching Dora about to fall asleep....I come downstairs to answer the phone and was gone maybe 2 minutes making a hair apt I find her afterwards....in the bathroom, an inch of water on the floor, a whole roll of toilet paper gone and the toilet overflowing everywhere! Water seeped through the floor and came pouring through our suspended ceiling, ruining at least 10 ceiling tiles and pouring onto our newly carpeted dining room. Disaster!

I can't turn around for a second anymore. Its a constant battle with her!

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Katie - posted on 06/22/2009

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Yeah my oldest wants to do everything LOL! We tried soccer last summer but it wasn't really her sport...lol. Last fall she wanted to join gymnastics so we found a place that wasn't priced too bad and she finished up the year in May. Since last summer she has been in Drill Team locally but the price is only $15 for sign ups and then they fundraise for thier uniforms and trips. Last summer we got to go to Hershey, PA and perform at Hershey park. It was a fun weekend but we deserved it after all the crazy fundraising we did LOL! Gabrielle is eager to do things as well. She is stoked to be in Drill Team this year! She picked up a lot from watching Evelynn's gymnastics practices too, I think she would really enjoy it but she isn't old enough to join yet. Evelynn has shown a lot of intrest in dance and has been begging us for the past 3 years to let her join. We decided we would sign her up for the fall semester and see how she did. She will do tap/ballet combo class. I think she will love it. But in exchange for doing dance she has to drop gymnastics for the time being because it would just be too much to do and too much money right now. I figure after she does some dance she can decide what she likes better and stick with gymnastics or dance. There are some local cheerleading groups she is anxious to join when she starts school as well! The prices for extra-curricular activities where I live are not bad. Dance is the one we worried about because everyone has gone on about the cost being so crazy. But a friend of ours has their daughter in it and I guess the dance company does fundraisers to pay for tuition and dance outfits after the initial sign up, so that will be good.

I'd love to get into some playgroups but there are not many around. I went to a couple in the town 4 miles from us but it was a total bust. Really unorganized and all the toys were garage sale junk w/o batteries and they didn't even look cleaned. It was at the library there, I was suprised how dissapointing it was! In town about 10 miles from us the library has a playgroup and its really great. I used to take Evelynn every week after we moved here but the moms weren't very friendly with me. They were all in thier 30's while I was just 20 and I guess that didn't sit well with them....so its hard to make friends. We haven't gone in a long time but we should start going again, the kids would love it. I wish I could start my own group with a circle of moms in the area but its hard to find mom friends. Its also hard to find mom's that are involved in thier kids lives. I find a lot of the people I meet are more about their own lives than whats goign on with their kids or doing anything with them. I'm a stay at home mom and I never leave my kids with a sitter, they go everywhere with my husband and I and we enjoy spending our weekends finding things to do with them as a family- I can't find anyone like me around here :(

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2009

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Wow!!! You all had a fabulous weekend!! And lots of activities...kids are always happier when they are busy. You must feel so good when Gabrielle gets a good report from her teachers. That is the one thing I don't do enough of, extra-curricular activities with the kids. I find finances are not allowing for it to happen right now, but I am hopeful in the near future to be able to give the kids the activities they so desire and need. Until then I keep truckin' along...with Teva we are full speed ahead. What the future holds (or the next 5 minutes) is to be determined, lol!! have a great week, I'll hope for the best out of mine!!

Katie - posted on 06/22/2009

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omg Sarah! thats so crazy! Sorry for your insane mess of a weekend! :( My weekend actually wasn't bad! Friday night my Hubby came home and we had the final night to Vacation Bible School at our church for the kids so by the time they got home they were exhausted and went straight to bed :D Saturday we had a parade (the girls do drill team all summer long) and Gabrielle is normally supposed to hold the banner for the tiny girls because she is still a year away from being old enough to do the dances, but they forgot her banner and gave her pom poms instead and said just to let her march with the rest of the girls. To my surprise, she must have been paying attention at her big sister's practices because she knew the routine better than some of the other older girls LOL! We had BK for lunch and she actually ate, which was amazing b/c she is a one meal girl- no breakfast, snack or lunch- she'll only eat dinner!! Daddy took the girls in the pool for a while and she loved it, unlike last year! She took a great nap on Saturday thanks to all the marching at the parade! On Sunday at church the sunday school teachers told me how good she was yaaa! The girls played outside all Sunday and she took another great nap then out for ice cream. NO problems going to bed last night either! If I keep her really busy and running around and a lot of outside activities she is really good LOL but at almost 7 months prenant I find that I can't always keep up LOL I was so exhausted Sunday night I could barely muster up the energy to wash thier hair in the bathtub LOL!

HOpefully your week turns out better than your weekend did!

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2009

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OK Katie, I got one for you!! This weekend Teva emptied an entire bottle of sunscreen, on herself and the furniture and floors!! She also took off a poopy diaper and you can only imagine the mess I had to take care of. A roll of toilet paper unrolled through out the house, not in the toilet but everywhere else!! I keep asking myself what I did in a past life to deserve this little cutie pie aka. tyrant!! She is aging me beyond my years, lol!! I have no peace, can't pee by myself, can't shower...what is a mother to do? I work from home and Teva is making it very hard to get work done, thankfully I work with other Moms, some in the same boat as I, so there is no judging. Sorry to DL this onto you, but I thought maybe my weekend with Teva may make you laugh or sigh with relief. Love to hear more about your little cutie pie and the things she gets into. Cheers, Mama...here's to counting to 10, lol!!
Sarah

Katie - posted on 06/15/2009

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You're daughter sounds just like mine LOL! My oldest was the same way as your older kids- she was well behaved, didn't have fits, no temper tantrums, could take her anywhere, listened to 'no'! She was always really laid back, as a baby you could put her in a car seat, swing, stroller...anything and she was happy wherever she was. With my youngest right from the get go she was difficult ha ha! She had colic for 3 months which was so hard. You could not put her down anywhere, she insisted on being held all the time- whats worse was that no one else could hold her except me w/o her crying! I ended up getting a sling and using it all the time, that and a snugglie! She wouldn't sleep in her crib or cradle either she just wanted held and to be with me all the time. At 2, she is the same way, she still wants held all the time and demands my attention! She has had terrible 2's forever it seems! I wish I could use the playpen but she climbs out of it and has figured out how to flip it over, so we retired that long ago LOL! We never did a high chair for her either, instead I got a clamp on chair to attach to our countertop so she could eat right with us and she never stayed in that either. We didn't start using a stroller until she was about a year and a 1/2 because she would scream in it and want to be held so I just used slings everywhere we went. We can't even keep her in the stroller now; it has a 5 point harness that goes over her lap and her shoulders and she still squirms out!

Recently she has started a screaming thing whenever we go to walmart to pick up stuff. She wants to walk on her own but its far to crowded and she runs way too far ahead. So its either me or my husband holding her while she screams and squirms! At almost 7 months pregnant its too hard for me to hold her when she's like that but then she screams for me if my husband is holding her!

Its amazing you get bathroom breaks LOL! I haven't gone to the bathroom alone in 5 years LOL! My kids are always right on me and following me around. I can't go to the bathroom without Gabrielle having a breakdown if she can't come in. I have to incorporate her in whatever I'm doing. Dinner used to be really difficult to make w/ her in the sling clinging to me! Now that she is bigger she still wants to be held while I make dinner so I got her a pots and pans set and a little tea pot. I put water in the tea pot and I give her a bunch of those decorative crytals things and she pores those and the water into the pots and stirs it all at the counter while I manage to get dinner together. Now the only problem is she wants to 'cook' all the time and when dinner is done, she won't eat she insists on playing !

Its a never ending battle with this child! Ya for sure, wish you lived near me it would be madness!!!!

I can't wait to see what my next one is like!!!

Katie~

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2009

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It's like you just explained my sweet little girl in perfect details. Frustration doesn't begin to explain my feelings(most days). My daughter won't be two for another month, and she has had the terrible two's for four months already. I have two older kids, 11 & 9 and let me tell you if I had had Teva 1st, things may be different, lol! My other two were so laid back and behaved really well, never did the climbing thing, or opening everything! My youngest has been totally different, climbs on everything, gets in to lotions, toothpaste, detergents, lets herself outside, takes off her diaper, ETC. I find myself laughing her craziness off, its what keeps me sane, lol! My Mother said I would be blessed with a "little me", and boy oh boy did I ever!! My only solution is a highchair or playpen, that's what I use when I can not watch her for a minute, like a bathroom break, or switching laundry!! Wish you lived close to me, I'd ask to get our "crazy girls" together!! Good luck with your little one and all of her "excitement"!! I tell myself that she will be very independent, her curiosity now, will prove to be helpful for her in her future. Our daughters will be leaders when they are adults, and that's the way I'd like it. Enjoy your day!!

Sarah

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