March 6 07

just last week the husband and i were discussing that just shy of the 6th anniversary of her birth, Emily is finally, finally getting out of her terrible twos (which for us, unsurprisingly, started at 18 months). she’s really made a turn. she’s listening. she has stopped having hourly tantrums. and she’s even become more polite to us and to jhoanne. and she’s playing with her brother. she has NEVER played with him before.

we are so relieved.

the only problem?

guess who has started picking up where his big sister left off? um, yes, that would be my very own Josh Vader. just as Emily made a turn for the better, Josh has taken his very own turn to the dark side.

all i have to say is that he sure is lucky that he has eyelashes that i would kill for. because otherwise, i would kill him. well, not kill him, but punish him but good. if only i could figure out how to punish him. i haven’t been able to even raise my voice with him since the whole joshie-broke-mommys-camera-so-mommy-cut-up-joshie’s-blanket incident. 🙂

he’s stopped listening. completely. at first we thought he might need a hearing test…but then we smartened up and realized he wasn’t deaf, he was just completely tuning us out.

he wrote his name on my wall. in big, giant marker. and then lied about it.

him: “no, mommy, it wasn’t me. it was bella”

me: “joshie, isabella is 18 months old. she can’t write yet.”

him: “emily, then!”

so…i got out a piece of paper and a marker and had them each write out Joshua. then we compared. then he admitted it was him. oh, joshie, just a tip….if you don’t want to get caught…don’t write your own name. with your signature backwards “j”

he lost a week of starwars lego xbox. he was NOT happy with us. (but go us for standing our ground and actually following through on a punishment)

and here’s the kicker…

he peed in my garbage can. the garbage can that sits right beside my toilet. i have no idea what possessed him to do this. is this a boy thing? does it only get worse from here?


  1. I know I shouldn’t laugh…but you’ll have your revenge when it happens to us.

    Comment by Chris on March 6, 2007
  2. I want to hear the camera-blankie incident! Link to it! Link to it!

    We’re just entering the terrible twos (or as my wife says, our daughter has become a “two-nager”); hopefully it doesn’t last as long as Em’s.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 6, 2007
  3. Never mind the pear he took up to his room and then came down without. “I ate it. Even the stick.”
    He swore up and down for an hour that he ate it before admitting he had rolled it under his dresser!

    Comment by Giblet on March 6, 2007
  4. This entry made me laugh, and then… frightenly made me hope I get pregnant with girls only. 🙂

    Yes, please link to blanket-cutting incident, or retell! 🙂

    Unrelated, but made me think of you, you non-Canadian living in Canada:

    Comment by Tamsen on March 6, 2007
  5. I am laughing right now. But I know one day I will pay for it.

    Comment by Sadie on March 6, 2007
  6. Oh no oh no oh no oh no (said in the monkey’s lil voice)! (and, haha…too funny — erm, sorry, but ’tis…!)

    Comment by Haley-O on March 6, 2007
  7. Your Joshie and my Lukey were cut from the same cloth. Middle child. Only boy. Beautiful to look at. Extremely inventive in finding ways to drive mommy mad.

    Comment by LoriD on March 6, 2007
  8. one of my sons peed in the trash next to the toilet. And once in a glass jar he brought into the bathroom. over the toilet. and then put the jar on the floor next to the toilet. when i asked him why he told me it seemed cool. but he was mad at me and that is why he really did it. maybe little boys are kind of like dogs and cats that way….

    Comment by leahpeah on March 6, 2007
  9. A little more wisdom and Josh Vader will be using the force. I’m worried for you and the teenage years when he’s mastered the art of ummmh white(??) lies! Yikes!

    Comment by Jana on March 6, 2007
  10. hahaha…oops sorry.peed in the garbage can?maybe you should go in his room and print on his wall in super big to be serious. Ali do you think something is going on at school?if its a sudden change in behaviour maybe hes upset about something.just a thought.and i so hear you about em, when drama queen turned six she suddenly,for,the most part outgrew her tantrummy behaviour.yay.

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 6, 2007
  11. He peed in the garbage can? EEwwwww!!! I am so afraid to have sons. 🙂

    By the way, I read The Time Traveler’s Wife this weekend and I LOVED it so much I couldn’t put it down. Thank you so much for the recommendation! I owe you one! (Although I don’t clean pee out of garbage cans. Sorry.)

    Comment by Audrey on March 6, 2007
  12. Yikes! My son has “accidentally” peed in our trash can in the bathroom. Thankfully he’s gotten better at his aim! However, tonight I walked back into the bathroom to find him standing in the tub peeing in the little plastic cup we use to wash him off with!! YUCK! I honestly think it’s a boy-thing.

    Comment by Fenicle on March 6, 2007
  13. Tagged ya!

    Comment by Haley-O on March 7, 2007
  14. Peeing in the garbage can is such a boy thing to do! I’m going to agree with another commentor and suggest that you check and see if something is going on at school, because he sounds like a stressed-out little kid. But even a good little kid can have outbreaks of badness once in a while!

    Comment by Rebecca on March 7, 2007
  15. I’m laughing…but not really.
    I feel for you.
    My hubs and I were just wondering when our newly 3 year old will finally grow out of the terrible two’s…Great. I’m in so much frickin’ trouble.
    No wonder she’ll be an only child…I’m getting too old for this.

    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on March 7, 2007
  16. God! Having them all print it out to prove that he did it is BRILLIANT! I never would have thought of that.

    Our daughter Erin did this at about the same age and she learned pretty quick. Next time, she wrote Meghan (who was 3 months old at the time).

    And my boy doesn’t even bother with the garbage can. He just pees on the seat and floor. Or off the deck. Or in the catfood dish.

    Comment by Chantal on March 7, 2007
  17. (((hugs))) i have no advice, my dear.

    Comment by Stacie on March 7, 2007
  18. OMG! Haley did the same thing. Wrote an uppercase H on her wall and said “Rory did it” (Rory was 18 months old). My response, “First of all, Rory can’t write and second of all, if he could he would have written an R.”

    Kids…they think we are so stupid!

    Comment by Di on March 7, 2007
  19. I can out do this one…my son, (now 3) found a black PERMANENT magic marker last spring (he was 2.5) & while I was upstairs for 3 mintutes he drew all over our walls & my red leather couch, and all over his naked little body. I was about 6 mths pregnant, called my husband at work, in tears, & he came rushing home. I can laugh now but I couldnèt even look at my son that day. Not his fault, my husband lost the marker and of course my son found it. Anyway, he is now almost 3.5 and still as mischievous. He is very independent, head strong, but above all else, intelligent. How can I not laugh & be amused with his antics? It is really hard to punish him!!!

    Comment by Maria on March 17, 2007
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