That is the theme for today. I said this over and over again, in a quite defeated tone, and I do not know where to start. Here is just a sampling of what my trials have been lately:

1. The girls keep stripping their clothes off. They do it to either:
a) themselves,
b) each other or
c) all of the above.
Which, in and of itself, is not that big of a deal EXCEPT for the fact that as a result of the 'stripping' their diapers come off as well. And they are not potty trained yet. Nor do they see a problem with peeing/pooping/whatever else-ing everywhere...then playing in it. I know. Gross. I began with keeping them out of snapping outfits. Pants and onesies are out of the question. I even tried putting pants on over the outfits or even under them. Yeah right. That was figured out in a day. I switched them to zippers, but they figured that out too. So, I put them in only snap-crotch outfits with snaps on the back neck. Eventually, they figured that out, too. I then decided to sew up the snap crotches. Diaper changes were harder because the whole outfit had to come off each time, but I was willing to do it if it meant I didn't have to change two cribs at least three times a day (that's 6 sheets and mattress pads for those of you keeping track). Problem solved, right? Well, guess what?? They figured that out too. If they pulled on their sleeve, the neck snaps would pop and they could shimmy out. GAHHH! I decided to try zipper outfits again, except I turned them around backwards. They have to be one size bigger because instead of cutting the feet out (which I did do in some outgrown outfits) I turn the feet around backwards, too. This worked fine until they just stood in front of one another trading unzipping favors. I was pulling my hair out at this point. Finally...I had to do something drastic. Do not report me to social services. I promise there is no restricting of movement and there is no torture involved...it just looks really bad. Here it is:

That's right. When in doubt, go to duct tape. We always said in jest 'we should just duct tape them closed'. Well....be careful what you say folks. We call this their 'silver backpacks' or their 'space suits'. I know it looks horrible, but people, you need to know I am at the end of my rope!!! It is seriously my only option besides sewing their outfits on. Then un-sewing every diaper change and re-sewing. Not going there....yet...don't hold your breath. They have been able to undo 'old' duct tape (I try to lift up just the very center part over the zipper to unzip for diaper changes. We've gone through too many rolls to waste tape on every diaper change. They've figured out how to wiggle under there and un-tape enough to unzip.) We are still new at that so maybe they'll lose interest. Yeah, right....

2. (YES, we are only on TWO!!) A couple weeks ago our darling daughter, Ashleigh, decided she wanted to join her sister, Avery, in her crib. Their cribs are in the middle of the room, back to back. So she just hopped over and climbed in. I took a picture but I can't locate it at the moment. I'm sure you can imagine. She only did it the one time and that was weeks ago. Well, yesterday, again, my darling daughter, Ashleigh, decided she wanted to take her climbing a step further and climb OUT of the crib all together. I could hear some unusual noises (non-naptime noises) like a weird 'tink-tink'-ing sound. I realized that sound was plastic hangers 'tinking' against each other. And the hangers are WAYYYY out of reach for anyone in a crib...So I jump up and rush in there. Oh the mess. I was too mad to take a picture. But let me try and describe what I found. I will start with the fact that our home is two bedrooms. So we have crammed 5 people's ever-growing belongings into every nook and cranny possible. The girls' room was also the guest room (we moved the extra bed out a couple months ago for more space) and it is also my craft room/miscellaneous room. I have bins of gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, etc. etc. for crafting and all of that. So after she climbed out, Ashleigh decided to pull out various sizes of gift bags and they were strewn about. They were surrounded by three emptied boxes of thank you cards and envelopes....scattered everywhere. There were piles of (previously folded) clothes and costumes and blankets and stuffed animals...and AAAAACCKKKKKK!! We've never needed that room to be 'baby-proofed' before. Besides, where would we put all of it anyway?? So I had to add cleaning up the room to the list of my normal-everyday-barely-able-to-do chores, including things like actually feeding them...ugh. I dread that. I know that sounds horrible. But they are so messy and of course I feed them really messy things like pasta and sauce. Anyways...I had to scurry and somewhat baby proof the room in the time between them waking up for a nap and when they went down again all while trying to feed them and clean up all the other necessary blahs involved with almost 2 year olds. I called Tony nearly in tears and he told me later to just get out what would kill them instantly. LOL. So scissors and needles and other poky crafting items...sewing machine...outlets...ugh. So I kinda did that as best as I could with the limited space and storage utensils I had. I tried putting them in the same crib for naps today and they cried almost an hour but have finally settled down. I will let you know what I come up with next. I'm thinking toddler beds pushed together kinda like one gigantic crib. I'll have to be crafty to cover up the gap between and make it so they can't just climb out. But that's for another day.

I think I'll stop here since this post is already a novel. I'm sure I've already lost readers. :) But I needed to vent. I seriously don't know how to fix it. Any of it. But we'll come up with something and be OK. We always do....


Lindsay said…
Im speechless. I thought I was tired. I don't know what advice to offer. Just know if you ever need anything I am always available to help. I heard your performance was beautiful. I am sorry I missed it. I would love to see the video if you wouldn't mind.
Katy said…
i second the speechless comment. Seriously, I am exhausted just reading that. NOT KIDDING. I literally took a great big deep breath afterward. HUM... i have no solutions to offer, maybe more GNO's? :)All I can say is that you are going straight to the celestial kingdom.
The Good Life said…
I want to cry reading this post but what good does that do? You are amazing. I'm not sure what to say...probably nothing is best since it was just a vent session. But my only functional thought for the crib thing is crib tents. It sounds like your girls are too smart and crafty for such a simple solution though...lol
Just remember nothing is forever. Please let me know what I can do to lighten your load. Anything..I am around.
Nat said…
Ah, Chels. Triple Trouble!! I laughed when I saw the duck tape. I think-eventually-they'll grow out of that one. Troy took his diaper off for a while, and luckily he wouldn't play in the remains, and then one day he stopped. As for the cribs, I'm with "the good life" in buying the crib tents. I'm not sure how they work because I've never actually seen one, I just know they exist (like if they tie on or snap on or what). And maybe separate would be better sometimes, so they don't help each other out in the mischief! :)

I don't know what else to tell ya. Except hang in there! It's a hard age, and I can only imagine what it's like with three of 'em doing the mischief instead of just one at a time like I've had to deal with.

You rock! End of story!
yes thanks everyone. We are hanging on. It was just a hard day compounded by their mischeivousness...

And we have thought about crib tents and there are these issues (as well as others that I've talked about with other parents who've tried them):
1. we've tried velcro. they get that undone.
2. our cribs are not 'standard' (they are higher in the back and lower in the front and there is a solid portion along the back instead of slats) so most won't work.
3. they are $40-$80 bucks each so even if they did work wonders, I'm not spending that times three on anything. I'd rather have food to eat.

So thanks for the suggestion. I wish it were that simple! :D
Chalei said…
Chelsey I'm so sorry! That is so much to go through. If I was there I would totally help you! But I know you guys will get through it like you said.You are so strong. Miss you guys! :)
Ashley A. said…
Don't feel bad about the duct tape! As I was reading your post, I was thinking that that was the next logical step when you've literally tried everything else. Good luck finding a sleeping solution! We have bunk beds (they're side by side right now) for the girls and have turned Natalie's around so that her opening is against the wall. She can still climb out of course but at least she's less likely to hurt herself than with a crib. I would also be happy to help if you ever need a break!
Kathy said…
Oh my goodness!!! They sure do keep you on your toes! And as stated previously, this is a trying age! Things will get better, you can do it! I think your duct tape was pretty inventive, good thinking! I wish I was there to help you! Seriously! I hope you get some good breaks sometimes? You deserve a mommy metal!

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