The tale of putting a toddler to bed and a Mama going crazy!

Every single day from 1:20-1:40 I want to pull my hair out.  I hate nap time.  Putting a talking toddler to bed is a nightmare.  It goes a little something like this:
Me: Payton, let’s go potty and get a drink of water.
P: Nope, not right now, I don’t need a go potty.
Me: Ok, well it’s nap time, so let’s go get in bed.
P: No!  I need to go potty and get a drink of water!
Me (laughing, and not in a good way): Ok then, potty and water.
P slumps up the stairs on her bottom one by one, then literally drags her feet on the ground to the bathroom.  Then stands in the bathroom just looking around.
Me: Payton, take off your pull up and get on the potty please.
P: Nooooo…you do it!
I take of her tutu and her very dry pull up, then plop her on the potty.
P: You go downstairs and wait.  Go waaaaaay downstairs far away and wait.  Go Mama.
Me: No Payton, I’ll wait for you here.  One more minute to try.  (Oh and on a side note, she isn’t potty trained, she only has to go potty when it is convenient to delay something, such as nap time.)
Then I pull her off and pick up her pull up.
Me: Ok Payton, put your pull up on.
P: Noooooooo.  I don’t want that pull up, it has pee in it!  I don’t want it, it’s dirty!  Go get me a new diaper.  Not a pull up, I need a baby diaper.
Me: Payton this pull up is clean, you are going to wear it.  You don’t get a drink of water until you put it on.
Finally she puts it on.  I fill up her cup with water.
P: Nooooo!  Bigger!  More water!  (Falls to the ground flailing and screaming.) More water!
Me: I’m going to dump this water out, do you want it or not?
P: (Sits up quickly) Yes Mama, I want it.  (Then sits on the ground taking baby sips, sip by tiny sip by tiny sip.)
Me: One more sip and bedtime.  Put your cup on the counter please.
P: Noooooo…I’m not done!  (I shoot her a glare…she puts it on the counter.)
Me: Ok, into bed now.
She drags her feet as slow as possible.  I finally pick her up and put her in the bed, turn her fan and noise machine on.  Cover her up.
Me: I’ll sing you one song today and scratch your back…Twinkle twinkle little
P: Nooooo!  Sing ABC’s!!
Me: A, B, C, D……
Me: Ok now let me turn your music on and time for bed. (Turns music on and shutting door.)
P: Noooooo Mama (runs to the door) I have to go pee and get some water!
Me: No Payton, we already went pee and had a drink of water.
P: Mama, I have to pee again!  Again!  (Falls on floor flailing about.) Again!  Again!  I have to pee again!
Me: No Payton.  No.  Get in bed or there will be no music for nap time.
P: Again!  Again!  I have to pee!  I need water!
Me: That’s one.
P: I have to give Miles hugs!
Me: That’s two.
P: I have to give Miles hugs and kisses!  But Miiiiiiiiiilleeessssssssssss!
Me: That’s th (and Payton gets in bed before I finish the word three).
P: Scratch my back!  Sing to me!
Me: Payton, we already did that.  I am going to give you kisses and leave, it’s time for night night.
P: (Shakes head back and forth as fast as she can.) Nooooo!  I don’t want kisses!  No kisses!
Me: Ok then sweet pea, no kisses.  I love you lots, night night.  (shuts door)
P: Nooooooooo!  I have to pee!  Mama…I have to peeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I walk away, she fusses for a while…then 25% of the time takes a nap and 75% of the time plays in her room.  Ahhhhhhh!  Every.Single.Day.  And this is the shortened version!

The result -
Some days we get this:
Payton Olive 2 years old (558)
Most of the days we get this (and clearly she is tired!):
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And oh how I miss this:
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Toddler talk from an almost 3 year old…

Payton olive 2 years old (581)
I put on a fitted tank top…
PJ: Mommy, is there a baby in  your belly?
Me: Umm no dear.
Cue Byron rolling on the floor in laughter.  Cue extra ab work for me.
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My little sweetie…
Me: Payton pie, Mommy has a headache.
PJ: Oh no, you don’t feel good?  Can I put a Band-Aid on your head and give you some medicine?  Can I give you hugs and kisses?  Do you need some little snuggles?
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Payton turns around quick and runs into a tower fan knocking it over and it falls on the ground.  Payton flails about whining.
Daddy: Payton, the fan was there first, you have to watch where you are going.
PJ: Daddy!  Daddy!  YOU have to move it out of MY way!
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PJ: Mama what time is it?
Me: 3:30
PJ: Oh ok.
PJ: What time is it?
Me: Still 3:30.
PJ: Oh ok, I see.
PJ: What time is it?
Me: Stiilllll 3:30.  Still 3:30.
PJ: Ohhhhhhhhhhh ok.  Yeah, I thought so.  That’s what I thought.
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Me: Payton, take off those shoes before you trip and fall…they are way too small.
PJ: NO!
Me: That’s one.
PJ: NO!
Me: That’s two.
PJ: NOOOO! (Slowly walks down the hallway shaking her head side to side, holding the shoes in her hands, and under her breath says…) Damnit.
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This lovely discussion was emailed out by Payton’s summer camp teacher:
“Payton , what are you doing love?”
“Painting Georgie..”
“Why yes you are..  how about we paint the paper instead?”
“No, I like painting Georgie.. “
Her best friend Georgie-bug:
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It’s getting real…

I can’t believe in less than 2 weeks I head back to work.  I was privileged to take 6 months off for maternity leave.  Of course not paid time off, but you take what you get to spend those precious moments with your kids.  This has been an amazing summer…but wait…it gets even better.  Byron waited to take his month off of paternity leave until the summer…he has less than 2 weeks left off before heading back to work as well.  Trying to enjoy it…when will we all ever again have a solid month together…no work, no school, no worries…just the four of us.  Loving spending time with these little faces…
photo 1 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5Payton Olive 2 years old (496)Miles 3 months old (88)Miles 2 Months old (104)

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5 months old!

Our little chubber is now 5 months old.  I feel as if this past month has been full of new and fun developments…Miles has been busy busy busy.  What was he up to this month?
–The day I turned 4 months old I became a full on roller…both ways!  From that point on I sleep on my tummy only!!
–How do I go get that toy I want?  I roll everywhere!  I go in circles!  I find a way.
–I am getting so much better at sitting up…by myself!
–I am a very serious dude.  I’m a no-nonsense kind of guy.  But I do love to laugh at animal noises, peek-a-boo, silly time with Daddy, anything and everything Payton does, and most of all…my handsome self in the mirror!  That dude rocks!
–I’m still sleeping through the night…11-12 hours!
–I nurse 5 times a day…I can’t wait to start solids next month!
–I LOVE blowing raspberries!  Especially at Mama with a full mouth of milk…she loves that!  Hehe.
–I mouth everything, every single thing must go in my mouth.  Everybody loves an open mouth kiss…right?!
–I found my feet this month…they are pretty amazing.  Daddy wishes he were as flexible as I am.
–Nicknames: little dude, little chubber, chubber wubber, Mr. Miles, little Michelin man…baby rolls for days.

Lots of pics of little old me:
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More Toddler Talk

Miss Payton-Pie is 33 months old!  That means she turns 3 in 3 more months!  Ahhh! Sometimes it seems like she is 2 going on 12…she be sassy!  But I love it!  =)
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Payton still calls her little baby brother “little dude” but half the time now calls him:
Payton: “Ohhhh good morning little chubber!”
SONY DSCPayton has a hard time remembering the word “crow” but knows that they say “ca caaaa ca caaaa”.  We were looking out the window one day and…
Payton: “Mama, I see a bunch of little <mumbles>.”
Me: “Huh??”
Payton: “I see a bunch of little <mumbles>.”
Me: “I have no idea what you are saying, huh?”
Payton: “MOM…I SEE A BUNCH OF LITTLE CACA’S!!”
Me: “Ohhh, caca’s, you mean crow…because they say ca caaa ca caaa.  Got ya.  You see a bunch of little birds.”
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Byron was drying Payton off after her bath…
Payton…smiles at Byron
Payton…long toot
Payton giggles: “I farted at you Daddy!” …more giggles…
Payton…more giggles…another long toot…more giggles
Yup, she is her Daddy’s daughter.
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Miles was down for a nap, Payton wouldn’t take a nap that day, so I was exhausted.  We were in her room playing and I told her I was going to lay down on her bed and take a quick nap while she played.  My eyes were closed for 2 minutes before…
All of a sudden I felt two little toddler hands rubbing my eyebrows.
Payton: “Mom!  You have two fuzzy fuzzy super fuzzy caterpillars!!  Mom!  Are you awake?!”
Me: “Yes Payton, I can hear you.”
Payton: “But Mom, two fuzzies!  Two fuzzy caterpillars!  They are on you!”
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Driving through Seattle one evenings on I-5 right by all of the tall sky-scraper buildings…
Payton: “ohhhhh…look at all those castles!”
Me: “Yup pretty cool, those castles are super tall buildings, sky-scrapers!”
Payton: “No Mom.  No.  Those are castles.”
Me: “Payton, but those…
Payton interrupting me: “No, I said those are castles.  Now put “Let It Go” back on.”
Little Miss super sass!
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Hello Summer!

It is finally summer in Seattle!  It is said that summer doesn’t officially start here until July 4th.  We should be rain free for a good 2-3 months!  =)  Lots of sun with cool mornings and warm evenings.  I’ve said it before and will say it again…love the summers here but so wish that homes came with air conditioners!  90 outside isn’t considered too hot from where we are from in Texas…but with out A/C 90 outside turns to more than 90 inside…miserable!  But that never stops us from enjoying the sun!

She was NOT supposed to be in here!  Turn my back for one minute and she is playing IN her water table.  Stinker.

She was NOT supposed to be in here! Turn my back for one minute and she is playing IN her water table. Stinker.

We started swim lessons and she LOVES them!  She loves Teacher Clark.

We started swim lessons and she LOVES them! She loves Teacher Clark.

What's better than a summer cat nap?

What’s better than a summer cat nap?

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

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We were so impressed...she climbed a super super tough and high inflatable rock wall.

We were so impressed…she climbed a super super tough and high inflatable rock wall.

Celebrating the 4th.  =)

Celebrating the 4th. =)

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Yes yes yes...so serious.  I promise he has a great smile!!

Yes yes yes…so serious. I promise he has a great smile!!

Chubs.

Chubs.

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LOVE Squak Valley Park...has amazing views!

LOVE Squak Valley Park…has amazing views!

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I am 4 Months Old!

This month has been a lot of fun…I am so much more alert and active!  I am finally on a bit of a schedule now…3 short naps and for now I sleep 12 hours at night…for now.  I can roll from tummy to back and am so so so close to rolling from back to tummy.  I am still a drool machine and want everything I can reach in my mouth.   Must.Chew.Everything.  My favorite person to drool on is Daddy…only because he loves it the most!  I love knocking blocks over, raspberries on my tummy, and bath time.  I also love when big sissy talks to me…we love talking back and forth.  1/3 of my first year is done…can’t believe how quick Mommy and Daddy are growing…hehehe.
Pics of me…lots and lots of pics of me over the last month…because I am the cutest!
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