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The Toddler Years are Going to be the Death of Me…and Maybe Him

by Regan

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This just about sums it up. I love my son dearly, but he’s going to be the death of me. He is sweet, funny, opinionated, wild. . .and reckless. I knew that after how easy Red was as a baby and toddler that I would pay dearly if I ever had another child. My premonition was correct.

Today I was sitting down going through my blog emails and planning out some posts while Dub played in the kitchen. I can see the kitchen clearly from where I was sitting and he had a whisk and some plastic bowls doing whatever it is that toddlers do. I used to do my blog stuff during naptime but he has given up naps over the past few weeks. He was entertained and quiet so taking five minutes to check my emails seemed safe.

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Then as I’m finishing up the phone rings. It’s The Husband just to say hi from work. We were chatting away and I decided to walk around. I went to the dining room area and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the whisk in the outlet. I freaked out, “He put a @$%!ing whisk in the outlet!” My husband, of course, was quite alarmed by this as well.

I was wondering aloud how I was going to get it OUT of the outlet while the cat then came over to investigate and was trying to rub up against the whisk. Ugh. Finally I just quickly knocked it with my wrist and it fell right out. The Husband later informed me that the bottom opening is a ground (thankfully) but it was no less alarming that he would stick things like this in an outlet.

Yes, we do have outlet covers but he pulls them out. Now I’m going to be getting a bunch of plate covers for the outlets. So please, if you don’t have them already, find some truly childproof outlet covers for your outlets! 

How are you surviving the toddler years? Do you have a toddler that’s as reckless as mine?

 

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Shannon Stubbs August 30, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Oh my goodness REgan! I too would have freaked out! How scary. Charlie is the wild one of my crew, and is obsessed with outlets, but thankfully hasn’t figured out how to take out the outlet covers yet! His climbing will be the death of me though. I heard the piano playing while I was in the bathroom one day which was no surprise, he loves to play it. Then I come out and see that he is standing on top of the piano playing it with his feet. Good luck!

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Regan August 30, 2013 - 2:46 pm

K is a climber, too! It’s amazing how fast and quietly they can get into trouble. This happened right in front of me and I was clueless 🙁 I am going to be looking for some new outlet covers (again) and if I can’t find any then I may have to go to Home Depot and get some of these http://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-1-Gang-Midway-Blank-Nylon-Wall-Plate-White-R52-0PJ13-00W/100356907#.UiEElhubMy0

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Robin Quick August 30, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Wow you are lucky! That could have been a devastating event. Make sure you keep those outlet covers in. If he tries to take them out discipline him every time he gets near them. Its for his own good & well being…. and yes I have a step son that use to do things like this. He is now 17 but when he was 5 he burned down his mothers home while playing with a lighter before she woke up one morning. He was burning strings off of the edge of his mattress and caught it on fire. They lost everything . It could have been worse, they could have lost their lives.

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Regan August 30, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Unfortunately he is VERY fast and very quiet. This all happened right in front of me in a matter of 5 minutes and I never heard a thing. Our home has an open floor plan and one minute he was playing with the plastic bowls in the kitchen, the next this. We do have covers but he takes them out every time. We’ve yet to find a truly childproof cover but I will be looking harder tonight when the husband gets home. If I can’t find something locally then I will have to look online.

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Debra August 30, 2013 - 8:00 pm

It is always unbelievable what kids stick in places…I say there should be a blog devoted just to photos like this, because I always wonder how in the heck did they do that. Wait until they start sticking food up their noses and in the ears….been to the ER a few times due to some stuffed peas in the nose!

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Regan August 30, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Haha! Yup, I’ve been there with the object up the nose. My oldest stuck a pebble that had fallen out of the tread of my boot up his nose. I had to bring him to the ER and he thought it was the funniest thing ever. He told everyone in the waiting room that he had a rock up his nose. Goofy kid.

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Shelly August 31, 2013 - 12:48 am

Yikes! Mine already take off the outlet covers… I hope this isn’t next!

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Regan August 31, 2013 - 9:53 am

I hope not too. I can now shake my head at the ridiculousness of it since nothing happened, but I’m definitely going to be locking down those outlets so that even WE can’t get into them!

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Samantha August 31, 2013 - 2:02 am

I write toddler stories on my blog every Tuesday and I feel like this could have been one of my post. My daughter is my third child and my only girl. I am not sure what God was thinking but I know he has to be having a good laugh at my expense every day. She came into this world a fighter and making everyone drs and nurses including scared with her antics. Now she is 19 months old and they are not getting better they are just getting more inventive. She has now figured out how to get out of harness strap high chair to sit on the tray and laugh at me with her tongue sticking out. No lie. She then turns her back to the floor and throws her legs off the tray to dangle and then drop herself onto the floor to escape and go eat her older brothers food. Did I mention they are eating the same thing she just ran away from. She is going to be the death of me.

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Regan August 31, 2013 - 9:50 am

LOL! We’ll have to make sure that your daughter and my son never meet. She sounds a lot like him and having two in the same room could be the end of the world. Yikes

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Michelle F. August 31, 2013 - 7:27 am

Sounds exactly like my 21 month old! He’s seriously into everything! He’s tried to stick his fingers in the outlets before but never a wisk! He’s always jumping off of something or touching something dangerous or making a mess! I love how curious he is but omg it can be exhausting!

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Regan August 31, 2013 - 9:51 am

Exhausting for sure. My first wasn’t like this at all so I’m in awe every day. I blew the Terrible Twos off as a myth but now I know better

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Suzi Satterfield August 31, 2013 - 9:51 am

I’m in for it myself. Norton is stubborn and doesn’t ask for help… but Eudora is just completely and utterly fearless. She’s a climber. She’s trying to climb the baby gate. She tries to climb off the changing table during diaper changes. And she’s a runner, too.

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Regan August 31, 2013 - 10:01 am

I hear that! K will be 3 in November and I can’t let him walk around stores or he runs and then flails around and has a tantrum when you catch him. He has been climbing gates for ages now, too. He just started climbing over the one at the bottom of the stairs so I guess it’s time to take it down. He’s good on stairs now but I still worry since we have hard tile at the bottom of the stairs but I guess he has a better chance of falling off the gate or pulling it down than falling down stairs at this point. Sigh.

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Connie Gruning August 31, 2013 - 7:03 pm

OH MY GOOODNESS!!! This one made me catch my breath!! LOL! Oh my!!

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Jennifer H September 1, 2013 - 7:55 pm

What about a kid who has figured out how to get around childproofed outlets? Or who likes the challenge? Meet my two year old!

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Erin Mills September 2, 2013 - 10:25 am

How terrifying! L is just getting started on her toddler years and yes, it can be quite exhausting. She is into EVERYTHING!

So glad little man didn’t get hurt!

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krystal rivera September 2, 2013 - 10:46 am

been there far morew often than l like to admit lol but it happens and we just do what we can to learn from every little thing and move on lucky little guy

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Emily September 2, 2013 - 11:55 am

Oh my! This just reminded me that I need to get on child proofing before my LO starts crawling around! How scary!

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Rachel September 2, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Well, that’s a bit disturbing! Glad it turned out okay! It’s a great reminder to make sure we’re using outlet covers!

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Regan September 9, 2013 - 11:44 am

The plain (cheap) ones that you stick in the outlet were no match for my son which is how this came about. He pulled them out all the time. Since this post we found some that you have to squeeze the side and top of to get them out and ones that slide shut for the outlets we have things plugged into. Hopefully he won’t figure these out before the inquisitive toddler years are over

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Kristal September 4, 2013 - 12:41 pm

I can’t even imagine what that would have made me feel like! I’m glad he’s OK, even if your nerves are not! Hopefully things will start getting better.

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Shannon Taylor September 5, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Oh I know these feelings all too well. I swear that my 3.5 year old son is trying to give me a head full of gray hairs before my time!

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Lauren T September 5, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Oh my goodness! Glad he’s ok! I’m definitely nervous for the toddler years!

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Regan September 9, 2013 - 11:42 am

I barely needed to childproof the house with my oldest. This one is making me pay for that 😉

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Ashleigh Swerdfeger September 8, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Oh my gosh- crazy! Mine likes to climb on couches and chairs and jump off. He likes to try to climb to higher places. It scares me too because he likes stair climbing

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Beanybopp September 9, 2013 - 11:38 am

Oh My!! That was the first we did (outlet covers)!! Our son has recently decided to see what ALL he can climb up on….it drives me nuts!! We have a shadowbox (shelving) that goes all around midway up almost all of our walls and our son decided to climb up onto it from a rubbermaid container. I moved the container just for him to start using his back-up carseat!

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Regan September 9, 2013 - 11:41 am

Yikes! We have built-ins on both sides of our fireplace and thankfully he has only climbed on the bottom shelf (so far). We bought new covers – the kind you have to squeeze to get out and sliding ones for the outlets we have things plugged into. Hopefully he won’t figure these out any time soon like he did the others 🙂

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Rosemary January 22, 2016 - 4:04 am

My brother and sister in law both have degrees in psychology and have full time jobs working with other people’s children. They’ve left my niece at my moms and her mom’s since she was an infant, while they work their jobs. The thing is that their daughter has so much energy and shifts moods and needs so much attention, it just wears us out. When she’s angry, watch out! So I’ve tried to tell my brother that his daughter is “hi needs” and he totally dismisses it. I try to tell him how tired we are and he just uses his job skills to coach us on parenting. I’m like…you’ve got to be kidding me. He might know textbook stuff, but for all you parents who have a high needs child, tell me I’m not just looking at this situation from the wrong perspective like he says. This is the real deal. We get pooped.

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Regan January 22, 2016 - 8:30 am

I think some parents are in denial when their child is more high spirited than others. I know that I was for a long time. I blamed it on the fact that my first child was so easy in every way; I just didn’t know what it was like to parents an average baby/toddler. I know now that my son is definitely more high needs than the typical child. Your brother may start to see it someday, too.

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Rosemary January 22, 2016 - 4:05 am

We have one in our family.

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