Friday, January 30, 2009

Calling 911

I need help!

This last week we have had an Arctic chill in the Mornings and Evenings. This results in making my body ache and become stiff at night and mornings. Johnathan has been such a dear and puts the girls to bed for me.

He does it all, read stories, get them drinks, and say prayers. However than it is a battle for hours before they crash. We've stop watching TV an hour before bedtime, eat an earlier dinner, warmed milk, but we're running out of options.

To top it all off, they wake in the middle of the night. I am at the point of just locking in their room! The problem is, I am afraid one of them will get hurt. We've moved their clothes out, put a lock on the fridge, aaaaaaaaaaah!

They are almost three. This means, they will find any possible way to get in to what ever they can!

Up above the fridge, no problem. We'll just move a chair like so, working together, put another on the counter and voila! We have a month's worth of cereal on the floor. Don't like the nice shiny black microwave? No problem! Mom put some blue paint up on top of the medicine cupboard and it's 2:00 in the morning, so I'll surprise her. Not only will I paint the microwave blue, but I'll add a nice blue decor to the cupboards, walls and bathroom. Mom was able to find which of us twins were behind the wonderful paint job. It was quite surprisingly easy! See, one of us girls woke up the next day with blue hair, a blue face, and blue hands! Funny though, I was the one feeling blue.

So please, please help me come up with some non child abuse methods. We have already discussed duct taping them to the beds, handcuffing and cutting arms off!


Kristina P. said...

I have no advice, just sympathy!!

Rebecca said...

The only advice I have is to limit or eliminate naps (if they still take them) and to do something to wear them completely out during the day. If you can get them outside for a while, there's something about just being in the fresh air that makes kids exhausted.

Do you have any 'white noise' in their room, like a small fan on a high shelf? They may be waking up hearing a noise of some kind and then wake fully up. Fan noise was about the only thing that would keep my babies asleep as infants, otherwise there was always something that would creak and wake them up.

I feel for you. Blue microwave? No wonder you're about to go nuts!

Rebecca said...

Also, around this age they're so into exploring the world around them, as you've noticed. When you provide appropriate ways to get messy (chocolate pudding to paint in the bathtub with, towels on the floor during waterplay in the kitchen) they get some of their creativity out and they start learning what kinds of messy fun are ok and which are not. When you find them drawing on the walls, say "We do not draw on the walls. We draw on paper. Let's get you some paper to draw on." They may throw a fit because they want to draw on the wall, but when they lose their crayons they'll learn eventually!