Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Problem with Having Twin 3-year-old Boys...

You know the what the problem is? That you have two three-year-old boys living with you. ALL the time.

Of course, they are cute and adorable and say funny stuff sometimes, like "Potty-train? Me don't ride no potty train!" (Which is true, unfortunately...) They also give the sweetest smiles and their hugs are delicious.

But, anyone who has lived with any three-year-old recognizes that they are all bi-polar.

I mean, one minute they are all hugs and giggles and the next minute, they are screaming because you did something abusive to them...such as cutting their sandwich into squares instead of triangles. Or failing to fill their juice cup to that mysterious "just right" spot which is .0000000001 inch between "way-too-much-I'm-sure-to-spill" and "not-enough-at-all-do-you-think-I'm-still-a-baby?"!

Every three-year-old has a split personality. Half delightful love muffin. Half rabid maniac.

So, you do the math. One 1/2 crazy three-year-old + another 1/2 crazy three-year-old=one very crazy mom.

And, the thing is...they TAKE TURNS. I know Mr. Rogers taught us all to take turns, but in this case, it's a bad thing. If they both just timed their I-don't-want-you-to-get-my-shoes-on-for-me-but-I-cannot-do-the-velcro-myself meltdown at the same moment, it would be done in ten minutes. But, since they TAKE TURNS, one little incident takes over the entire morning, makes us late for gymnastics and ruins Mom's hair and makeup.

I tell ya...these guys are killing me!

15 comments:

Celia Fae said...

Half crazy plus half crazy equals full crazy, but what about the other two? Does that mean you are 200 percent nuts? Me too.

Check out my sister's blog today paigeinthelife.blogspot.com It is also about her twins.

Marty: said...

You just don't think about this stuff when you hear "Twins." You think, "Oh, cute matching outfits."

mama jo said...

i like marty's comment ..that is so true...i remember when my kids did that line thing...you could never get it right...it's a wonderf we aren't all in the loony bin...

Rochelleht said...

Well, I know two 3 year-olds must be horrible, but this one 4 year-old is KILLING me!!! Do they spit at you during their temper tantrums? Mine does. Do they hit you during their temper tantrums? Mine does.

Yep, instead of my child getting better and calmer and sweeter when she got older, she has just gotten harder. My only consolation is that I was EXACTLY like her and I turned out ok.

This morning on the way to school she said, "I used to be mean, but now I'm going to be nice." We can only hope.

So anyway, I TOTALLY get your post today. Cause even though I don't have twins, when Grace freaks out, it causes Derick to freak out at the same time and it feels like it. :-)

Good luck!!!

Gramafolly said...

I think we all will agree that with kids of all ages there are only a few golden perfect days,we always need to remember. My idea of the Celestial Kingdom is that all the mom's get to sit in rocking chairs and read and visit and laugh or go to the spa!

Mique said...

Yah I can see how that makes you crazy! I was thinking my one 15 mo old was driving me insane- now I don't feel so bad!

Annie said...

I think 14 year old girls have a lot in common with 3 year olds, come to think of it. One minute sunshine and rainbows, the next gloom and tears and slammed doors. They're like those arrival/departure board at train stations in Europe: always changing, every few minutes. Kids.

Heed said...

So what about the 3mo. old twin girls that will be 3 and 14! I don't know about this gig. I'm realizing right now is probably the best twin-life for me, huh. I'm stuck at home... but at least they can't call me a dummy & bite each other. I can't wait for that.

lainakay said...

God bless you! I, too, have a three-year old and endure the complexities of perfect cup filling as well as the horrors of incorrect sandwich cutting! I'm just ever so glad that there is only one of these precious life-sucking, mommy-killers in my house! Her perpetual cuteness is the only thing that keeps her alive most days!

Tim & Kelley said...

I am also blessed and cursed with 3yr old identical twin boys. And, I thought 2 was tough? Nope, it was just a warm up. I gave up my career a few years ago when we found out we were having twins, sacrificing the extra income for a better quality of family life and thought we had done the right thing til this year; now I wish I had my career back...these aren't my first two but my other two sons are older and NEVER have I witnessed such destructive behavior and overall mischief!!! From peeing & pooping on the floor LOL...to maple syrup on my living room carpet & butter!! Not to mention the constant screaming for no apparent reason other than they had to wait .5 seconds for me to get them some juice or a snack, or the battles that started off as just fun play turn into a full-blown cage match within minutes. I share your thoughts, feel your pain, and some days find myself wishing they would just kill me quick instead of this slow agonizing death...kidding of course - at least at this moment in time. Struggling in TX!!

MazieannV said...

O my goodness I am so glad I had a chance to read what you wrote and at just the right time too.
Your story made me smile so big and laugh so hard whitch was greatly needed. I also have twin boys but mine are four years old.
I am so releaved to know that my boys like yours are so normal. Hahahahaha for a while I thought maybe something was wrong with my screaming for everthing and crying for no good reason twin boys!
Keep looking up to the Lord, He will help if you ask. Thanks again for sharing and for the laugh!

Indomitable Spirit said...

The Lord is the only thing that gets me through. Having twins is a completely different ball game. I never went through anything like this with my other two boys. Bless their little hearts though - we do have a good days, which are highly cherished because that one day will get me through the next three "crazy" ones. Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel? Yes, it's called Kindergarten. Just being able to share thoughts and real feelings with other moms helps - even if I am just typing it out. Going to the gym helps too! I've locked down my entire house with every toddler-proofing gaget there is, to be honest...these things we're tested with twins in mind because each one has met their doom with my two. I bet, if given enough time, they could crack a safe...now if I can only teach them to use their powers for good!!! LOL

Krista said...

Even though a couple years have passed, my boys are just now 3 and this was found by my mother to make me feel better! :-)
Thank you! It did indeed make me feel better and helped by letting her see its not just my "bad" parenting! lol Im sure you understand those statements too! Thank You!

Indomitable Spirit said...

I wrote back when my twins were three; now they are nearly four and a half and we are all READY for Kindergarten!!!! Don't get me wrong, I am going to miss them like crazy and I will undoubtedly cry like a baby but honestly four has been a little, I emphasize "little" better than three but not to the extent that I have hoped. Although, I must say Naughty Matt by the Super Nanny does work some days I feel like we all live there instead of an occasional visit:) There are still full blown tantrums at age 4 over the silliest of things, like anytime we say the word, no. Or, if we say, ok, just a minute. We've learned to be creative with our verbage but it tends not to make a difference. They both talk non-stop all day long and often I feel like I am the ball in an endless ping-pong match. They are so smart, good problem solvers, funny, creative, strong, sensitive and have a good basic foundation but Dad and I can use a break now and then....like a week or two:) Kidding The Lord gives us strength and weekly attendance at church has become like a date morning for us:) Deep breathing...coffee...and a lot of advil!

Katherine said...

This is SOOO Funny!!!!! This is TRULY what I am going through. My Husband tries to give me breaks , because I do have meltdowns myself .

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