Thursday, February 23, 2012

Life with a Three Year Old

I recently wrote a PTPA Blogaholics post about the trials and tribulations challenges (read: soon-to-drive-me-to-mental-breakdown-maybe-it's-time-for-a-Malibu-and-pineapple-now difficulties) I've been having with our three year old just in the past few weeks. By the way, I was just kidding when I said my child is driving me to a mental breakdown and to the bottle. Totally kidding. She's a sweetheart and I love her to bits. She's just gotten into this feisty, stubborn, whiny mode lately.

Whining drives me nuts. I hate to say it, but it does. I cannot deal with the whining. Whiny kids make my ears bleed. There. I said it.

Secret Mommy confession:  I actually locked myself in the bathroom the other morning so I could have two minutes to myself.  Of course, my three year old had to get out of bed and start banging on the door. Then she started crying. When I opened the door to see why she was screaming her head off, I saw that there was a puddle in front of the bathroom door.

Great. I just made my child pee all over the floor because I needed two minutes to myself. *sigh*

Poor kid. She's been doing such an awesome job with the toilet training and wakes up dry in the morning. She only had a few accidents when we were visiting her cousins on our mini vacation in Haliburton. I guess new environment, lots of distractions, and too much fun with the cousins totally threw her off. She didn't get to the toilet on time twice or three times. This time, however, it was Mommy's fault that she peed in front of our bathroom.

Anyway, I have to focus on all the things I absolutely love about 3.

Little One comes up with the funniest expressions. She's had a word explosion and is such a chatterbox. She is now able to correct us when we're wrong. "I'm not Honey! I'm [insert Little One's real name here]!" or "Lola (Grandma in Filipino), it's not 'You make me happy when skies are blue! It's you make me happy when skies are gray!'"

She also knows how to reason and understands consequences. "Daddy! You're a bad boy! Go to your mother's house!" (I have no idea where she got that from! Honestly!)

Me: Why weren't you nice to your friend?
Little One: Because she hurt my feeeewings!

"When I'm an adult, can you buy me a latte?"

Yes, she comes up with some gems that totally make us laugh.  I need to remember that this period of Little One's childhood is so special...and it's fleeting. These are but mere moments in time that can never be retrieved. I won't have her this little for much longer. This makes me really, really sad.

I also need to remember this:
  My lovely friend, Erica from Everything Mom and Baby shared this.

 If you really want to see what I was going on about earlier, here's the post. I welcome comments, tips, advice, and anything you can say to help me keep my sanity. Please and thank you.


Anonymous said...

Holy shit. You're HUMAN! I was beginning to think you were one of those Stepford Wives or something. Join the club. We'll have a Malibu together.

This is Melanie by the way..

melaney g lyall said...

Ha ha!!
"Go to your mother's house"
I almost choked on my chips & dip!
She is adorable and funny!
and too smart!

xo Love your blog friend.

This is Melaney by the way..

Just Us Girls said...

It happens to the best of us girly! We all need those two, three, even five minutes by ourselves. This is why it was bitter sweet when DS4 started school this year. I was sad to see that time is flying, but kind of okay with having 7-8 hours alone.

Love the, "Daddy go to your mother's house, lol, too cute! Kids say the darnest things!

Frau Guten Tag said...

I can so totally relate. People have been telling that the 3s are worse than the 2s since Lil J was born. Hes already quite a handful so Im dreading what the 3s will bring!

Katrina Brady said...

It's ok sweetie! To be good moms we need to be selfish a little too! She's a cutie and you are so very good with her. If she didn't drive you nuts once in awhile I'd say that's when you'd have to worry that something was wrong lol

OrangeHeroMama said...

(((hugs))) mama! The 3's were brutal! But you'll both make it! Be strong!

Nicole said...

I can completely commiserate. I have 2.5 year old daughter who seems to think she is going on 13. She's the Queen Bee and most of the time life has to be her way or the highway. It must be a 2's and 3's thing.

Some days are a hell of a lot more trying than others. I've had days where I will lock myself in another room just for a breather. I think it's normal. Just remember to breath and that this phase will pass.... or eff all that and come find me... we can clink our glasses together!! ;)

Alyssa said...

I totally understand where your coming from. My amost four year old spent supper time whining and having a complete meltdown because he was tired (skips maps now!) It is the age they try to show you more independence by protesting. Wait until she's 7 :-P

Kimberly said...

We ALL have those days Mama. Being a mom is tough stuff and we are allowed to not like it all the time. The whining kills me too.
She knows that you love her...even on the bad days.
PS. You should link this up on my Saturday link up for Mom that little plug there ;)

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