Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 5 Things

I love my son to death, but he has recently developed typical toddler habits that drive me nuts. Here are the top 5 things Colin does that drive me crazy:

1. The Whine: You know the whine! The sound that I compare to Jim Carry's line in Dumb and Dumber, "You want to hear the most annoying sound in the whole world"? I am liable to give him anything he wants to put the wine to put a stop to the wining. Want my diamond ring to play with? How about daddy's power tools?

2. The Fit: Outta' no where comes the fit. Because I take too long to prepare his meals, or I want to change a dirty diaper, or I want him to get in his car seat, or I stop him from throwing the iphone in the trash (or the toilet). BTW, Christmas morning he threw his monitor in the toilet at 5 am while we were trying to get "5 more minutes" of rest after our 4 hours of sleep the night before.

3. The Food Toss: Sadly this happens nearly every day, at every meal. He's done eating but there is one more thing to do - toss the plate, throw the vegetables and my favorite "look at mommy while I slowly push my sippy cup over the side of the high chair". Now I have a dirty floor, a messy baby, and a dog who might vomit blueberries and pancakes in the bed tonight. Awesome!

4. The Destroyer: Magazines, important mail, anything within reach that is fragile enough to be torn by little fingers. The best is the destruction of the cabinets or the clearing of the coffee table or the continuous throwing of the dog food/water bowls.

5. The Dare Devil: Dare Devils have no sense of gravity and neither does Colin. The saying, "What goes up must come down" has NO meaning to Colin. David and I feel a drop our stomachs every time Colin climbs on the couch, jumps on the bed or stands on objects that are not made for standing. This usually results in a huge wine (see #1) and a fit (see #2).

Can anyone relate? I'm being brutally honest, I LOVE him, but he does drive me nuts sometimes - especially today!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

What's different about holidays now? The fact that we have changed our traditions to make them flexible for toddlers and babies! Unwrapping gifts is now organized around nap time, and we now attend the children's church service. Holiday dinner was moved to lunch and there was no time for eggnog or socializing.

Keep in mind that the average attention span of a toddler is around 3 minutes and our families buy a lot of presents. David and I had to keep a constant eye on Colin to be sure he wasn't eating paper or trying to pull down the tree.

When you are 16 mos., every Christmas tree looks about 30 feet tall!

Colin opening his first gift...we should have practiced!