Therapy

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No, I’m not seeking professional help of any kind.

My blog is my therapy. I was reminded of this when I was inspired and encouraged by my dear friend and mentor (I’m declaring her mine, hands off), Alexandra of Good Day, Regular People to write a therapy post like hers, after I bitched and moaned on Twitter about what a hard time I’ve been having.

So here goes.

It would be nice if the toddler didn’t go ‘Oy’ when he wants my attention. I know he can say Mama, so why doesn’t he?

It would be even nicer if he didn’t shout ‘Oy’ when he doesn’t get my attention quick enough.

It would be terrific if he could sit down and play quietly for more than 2 minutes at a time.

It would be even better if he didn’t freak out every time he doesn’t have me in his view every single second.

It would be pleasant if he could properly express his frustration instead of throwing shit around.

It would please me to no end if he didn’t try to smack me in the face because he’s frustrated.

It would be awesome if he slept past 5.30 AM every day.

It would be even more awesome if he slept until 7.00 AM, at least on weekends.

It would be a relief if he can understand when I try to tell him about his soon-to-come sibling.

It would be imperative for him to understand he cannot smack Mama on the belly, or try sit on me.

It would be awfully super if my husband could wake up with the toddler just once a week and entertain him for 2 hours while I slept in.

It would be fantastic if the husband wasn’t going away on a business trip for 5 days next week, leaving me alone to parent a now-difficult toddler.

It would be even more fantastic if the husband didn’t think it was a good idea for him to leave for another 3 days immediately after his business trip, to go off road riding, leaving me again to parent the toddler alone.

It would be great if my neighbors did not throw their rubbish OUTSIDE of the bin, and make me walk around their crap to throw mine away.

It would be fabulous if my neighbors did not think it was a good idea for their young kids to play outside their apartment, along the shared corridors of our building. I do not enjoy the screaming of other people’s children right outside my door.

It would make my life much easier if Malaysian drivers weren’t so crap and so obsessed with their cellphones, while driving.

It would cheer me up to no end if people didn’t write stupid, whiny Facebook status updates. Start a blog instead, why don’t you?

Source: google.com via Alison on Pinterest

Thank you for listening, I feel much better now.

Linking with lovelinks #35.

I created a fun poll for guessing whether Scrumplet will be a boy or a girl! Results to be revealed on Monday – come play now on my Facebook page! (you have to ‘like’ the page first though hehe)

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  • December 14, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    As sorry I am that you are having a rough time right now, I rather liked reading this side of you. It half cracked me up as I was nodding my head in agreement with the things on your list.
    Hang in there sweet Alison. XO
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I have many sides to me haha! I’m thinking I need to write a therapy post once a month.

  • December 14, 2011 crittersandcrayons

    Oh, we’ve all been there- My two are 19 months apart. It’s not easy to have two under two but it works out in the end. My kids are great friends and play and entertain each other. There is a light. My hubby has to leave a lot for work- and it’s not easy (stay at home or not and I’ve done both). And I agree about the facebook updates….blogs are so much more comprehensive. πŸ™‚
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I want to see that light!!

  • December 14, 2011 Life As Wife

    It seems like we’re all having one of those weeks!?

    It’s ok to complain once in a while, we all need ears that will listen and care!
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Oh, you too? Write a therapy post, it feels GOOD.

  • December 14, 2011 Elaine

    Oh man, I’m glad you feel better! I agree about the FB updates. Geez, at least get on twitter instead – ha!

    And I wonder what would happen if we traded toddlers for a bit. Think they’d be better for another mother? πŸ˜‰ Hope your time single parenting goes by fast my dear!! xo
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Trading toddlers sound quite tempting haha!!

  • December 14, 2011 Ann

    HI Alison! I read GDRP’s Therapy blog and I think it’s a GREAT idea! Do you feel better? I hope that Monkey calms down soon….and I’m thinking of you!

    BTW – are you sure you don’t want to share a teeny-tiny piece of Alexandra? She’s an amazing woman (as are you) and gives a delightful, gentle guiding hand with bloggers….
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I do feel better just spilling it all out. Absolutely. I might do this regularly, hah!

      And no, Alexandra’s all mine πŸ™‚

  • December 14, 2011 Galit Breen

    Hee! Therapy is good. Very, very good. πŸ™‚
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes it is!

  • December 14, 2011 Sandra

    Great rant! Your toddler will outgrow this behaviour. I PROMISE!…feels good to be able to say something and know it’s going to come true…that hardly ever happens to me.
    Oh, and you said ‘shit!’ I read it! I hope you don’t kiss your mom with that mouth πŸ™‚
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Haha! I say shit a lot πŸ™‚

      They’ll outgrow this behavior and give us other kids of shit to deal with, right??

  • December 14, 2011 Aubrey Anne

    Oh, thank God, you aren’t just SuperMom! It’s nice to know you feel those things like I do. πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry you’re being left alone with the toddler… having a toddler AND a pregnancy is SO DIFFICULT! I hated it. Hang in there, tell him about the baby anyway (he may be hearing it all, just ignoring you because he doesn’t love the idea of sharing you). My Asher refused to acknowledge the baby for 4 months! He got mad if we said the baby’s name and would ignore questions about his Big Brother status. Thankfully he turned his attitude about Max completely around and is amazing with him now! Vent away, hun.

    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      That’s great to know – I’m starting to worry he’ll act out against the baby!

  • December 14, 2011 RoryBore

    I read GDRP’s post too and thought what, well first: boy can I relate today! and then, what a great idea. It’s been one of those days here too. actually it’s been a couple of days like this. I could really use a good long rest.
    Even just reading yours makes me feel better. hope you do too!
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I do feel better thank you! And you should totally try a therapy post πŸ™‚

  • December 14, 2011 Maureen

    And I thought Indonesian drivers are horrible! Great you find your therapy here on your blog and the encouragements from all your readers. I can’t imagine being pregnant with a toddler but I know how much one toddler can be such a handful. Hope things will get easier for you, Alison.
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Oh I hope so too!

  • December 14, 2011 Reading (and chickens)

    Oh, I’ve been there. It gets better when the kids can sleep in (or you can trick them with a reading lamp and tell them to “stay up all night and have fun!” and then watch them pass out twenty minutes later and sleep in TWO hours). I was pregnant when my older boy was 2, also, and I have no clue how I did it. None. Zero. Hang in there.

    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I’m hanging – by a thread. Thank goodness for the blog!

  • December 14, 2011 Kimberly

    It’s bad that I could make a series out of things like this isn’t it? I need to write something like this. Getting it out helps. So does smacking people, but that’s generally frowned upon.

    I’m sorry your husband is going away. That calls for extra cookies! And the Facebook status thing? YES! Drives me nuts!
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Yes, too bad smacking people is not right. Bah.

      A monthly series of therapy posts sound SO tempting. You bet I’ll be making cookies by the dozens next week!

  • December 14, 2011 Alexandra

    I know…

    I know…

    doesn’t it just feel good to get it out and out of your head???

    Felt so good…

    I had to stop myself.

    Happy to see this here (what a sick, sick woman I am…)

    truly..my blog saves my life every day.

    xo
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      You’re not sick – you’re smart! I might have to do these therapy posts more often. Thanks, you, for the inspiration.

  • December 14, 2011 Stasha

    Love it! Mine son still does some of the above mentioned. So does my Husband and neighbors too πŸ™‚ I am preparing my first whine blog post for next week. Hope I don’t chicken out!
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Don’t chicken out!!

  • December 14, 2011 Jessica

    So I guess I should stop with the whiny FB updates?

    And people in the US drive crappy too because of cell phones but of course I’m not one of them. πŸ˜‰

    I hope things get easier for you.
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I know you must be an excellent driver. And your FB status updates are fortunately more humorous than whiny, so I let that go.;)

  • December 14, 2011 deborah quinn

    Um…how about a meme? A Whiny Wednesday linkup? Or a sucks-to-be-me Saturday? Moaning Mondays? Tiresome Tuesdays? therapy-thursdays? F***ing Fridays (ok, that one probably won’t fly)… but seriously. Love that button–keep calm and blog–so true. And oh my goodness how much all of us have been there, done that, and then picked up dirty socks AGAIN DAMMIT. Toddlers whining, husbands traveling (and gosh, why aren’t we so enthused and happy when they call home to chat? hmmmm…) You’re doing great, the drivers suck, your neighbors should pick up their own garbage, and if Monkey will watch videos, then stumbling to turn them on at 6AM on a weekend and returning yourself to bed for at least an hour seems utterly & completely justified. hang in there. (can you train this child to rub your feet?)
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Haha, a therapy meme! I wish Monkey could entertain himself for an hour. I’ll be lucky if he lasts a minute. Sigh.

  • December 14, 2011 Anna

    Mommies need time-out too sometimes, I can understand you so much with your worries about your husband leaving you alone with your child when pregnant, I’ve been there too :(. Maybe when he is back, you should suggest that you take an afternoon off, just for yourself, while he is taking care of everything around the house, and you go and get your hair or nails done, or just catch a good movie with a friend.
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I’m absolutely going to take an afternoon off very soon!

  • December 14, 2011 Kiddothings

    Blog therapy is great isn’t it? Glad you could get it all out and feel better from writing this. I think your little one’s approaching the TT stage, he is turning 2 soon right? It will pass. I’m still at it with my girl. *sigh*
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      Yes he turns 2 in about 2 weeks. I hear 3 is even worse. Help!

  • December 14, 2011 Elena

    It is nice to get it all out sometimes! Especially here on the blog. Hope it made you feel a little better. The terrible (almost) 2’s aren’t always fun every day.
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      I do feel better, thank you!

  • December 14, 2011 Lola

    Alison, I’m sorry you’re having a rough time. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks myself. May I make a suggestion? Do just ONE thing for YOU a day. Mine was a Starbucks as I walked through the grocery store the other day (one of the decadent ones) It was a small gesture, but it felt good. Cheer up! Things will get better!

    XOXO
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      That is a good idea Lola. I do hope things will get better. I need 2012 to be awesome. So sorry you had a rough few weeks!

  • December 14, 2011 Jaime

    Uhoh, how old is your son? Sounds like a 2 1/2 year old to me. I hope things get better soon, from one therapy-blogger to another!
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    • December 14, 2011 Alison

      He turns 2 in about 2 weeks! Yes, I hope things get better. For the sake of my sanity.

  • December 14, 2011 angela

    Awww…I’m sorry Alison. If I had a private jet, I would fly Monkey to Michigan for a day with us, and you could sleep in and have a day to yourself. He and Dylan are so close in age, and so much of the venting is so similar to what we’re going through.

    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Oh, if only!!!

  • December 14, 2011 Asianmommy

    Pregnancy plus a toddler is not an easy thing. Hope things get better soon!
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  • December 14, 2011 Lydia

    I think a therapy post is a brillant idea. I think it probably does help to be able to say I have a good life but theres a few things here that are maybe irking me a little and I need to have this moment before they make my head explode. I liked this post a lot and identified with the wishing to not having to be in my child’s sight at all times. (I love her, but I’d like to be able to go the toliet without shreiks for me sometimes!);)

    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Yes, the toilet thing!! AhMahGawd. πŸ™‚

  • December 14, 2011 richard galloway

    These are all the reasons as I grow older, I help my daughter with her 6,3,and 1 yr olds. She needs time to do somethings for herself, if nothing but getting some much needed rest. I love her and want her to live to grow old like me. I’m sure things will continue to go good for you and hopefully you can get some time for you in the near future. Would be a wonderful Christmas gift! Thanks, Good Luck!

    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      That would be wonderful, thank you.

  • December 14, 2011 Erica M

    Thanks for letting us see another side of you. My complaints about Ehren actually dwindled with every sentence about Monkey. And that husband of yours. What’s wrong with the whole lot of them including mine?

    Hang in there, mama. And thanks for sharing this on lovelinks. We probably all needed to hear this today.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Men, right??

  • December 14, 2011 Julie

    I vote for a F*** This Friday meme. Only, by the time Friday rolls around I’m usually over whatever stresses I had earlier in the week. I’m unable to dwell on things for too long.

    Unless people keep pissing me off over and over again. Then it sort of snowballs into homicidal rage, which is probably best left off a public place like a blog.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      By Friday, I just want to wave the white flag and eat copious amounts of fattening food.

  • December 14, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Let it all out. That’s what I’ve realized blogging and twitter are for. Can your MIL come help while your husband is out of town? Gotta send in those reinforcements!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      She can’t help anymore than she does already. So there’s that. And chocolate.

  • December 14, 2011 Momwich

    Let it out mama πŸ™‚
    My blog is my therapy too, although lately its turned into a cathartic response at life – hey some people pay thousands for what we get out of our blogs…
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      That is true!

  • December 15, 2011 Leigh Ann

    It feels good to get that out, doesn’t it? You know we are all nodding in agreement over here. πŸ™‚
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      And I am relieved!

  • December 15, 2011 Liz

    So your neighbors are messy trash-put’ers AND loud? Plus your own little stinker is not sleeping? Girl, I’d be whining too, but not on FB, I promise.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      You are wise πŸ™‚

  • December 15, 2011 Natalie

    Amen to that! Glad you got that off your chest. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Monkey behaves for you and that the neighbors wise up!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Oh, me too.

  • December 15, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    Girl, I love that you are just so honest here…saying what so many of us feel, but are too scared to write in fear someone might be hurt by the words. I would be very upset if my hubby left for all that time…dads are crucial too, for our sanity! Way to let it all out – I bet that feels great. This too shall pass, right?
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Well, the husband rarely reads my blog haha. But if he does, that’s okay. He knows how I feel about it! Yes, this shall pass. At least, it better.

  • December 15, 2011 Robin

    I love this vent – I hope you feel better. I totally relate to a lot of that stuff. The face-smacking is awful – one of my least favourite things ever. (“Oy” kind of makes me laugh though.)

    And speaking of smacking, give your husband one. You’re pregnant and taking care of the kid all the time. He owes you sleep-ins, especially if he’s going to be away that much!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      We did try the sleep-in thing last weekend, but my body betrayed me by insisting on getting up early anyway, so that was that. And he hasn’t been away lately – just next week! He’s made up for it by wrangling me a kid-free day on Friday πŸ™‚

  • December 15, 2011 Charlotte

    Sometimes you just gotta let it all out. I do, however, love that your toddler sounds like my Jewish grandmother with the “OY!” πŸ™‚

    Anyway, take care of yourself and make the hubby get up now and then so you can rest just a few minutes longer. You need it!

    XOXO
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      I sure need it!

  • December 15, 2011 January

    Yep, yep and YEP. Been there…still there (except my kids FINALLY ‘sleep in’ until 7. I know how hard it is sometimes (though some days it feels like ALL THE TIME). And it sucks. My blog is my therapy too.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      If the toddler slept til 7, I’ll be saying Hail Marys. πŸ™‚

  • December 15, 2011 Jessica

    And, this is why I love blogging. Blogging Therapy. It’s so necessary. I remember feeling how you are feeling when I was pregnant. I just wanted to say this so that you know that all you’re feeling is very, very normal. For me, Nya got more and more difficult the closer we got to the end of my pregnancy. It’s almost like she sensed that things were changing. I’m sure your little guy is sensing things, too, but he just can’t articulate it all. It will get better. Soon. Just hang in there!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      If it doesn’t get better, I’m going to be one stressed Mama!

  • December 15, 2011 Lindsay

    I’m sorry things are blah for you right now. I love the part about starting a blog instead of whining on Facebook. The blog is my therapy, so I like that, unlike Facebook, people don’t have to see the whining if they don’t care to. Keep on keeping on, mama. You’re doing a great job.

    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lindsay πŸ™‚

  • December 15, 2011 Mirjam

    Did you get it all out?!
    I’m sorry! Life with a toddler can be rough, pregnant life with a toddler is even rougher! Pregnant life with a toddler and an absent husband is just ARG..
    Here for on twitter if you need to vent!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Mirjam!

  • December 15, 2011 Sara Padilla

    It ain’t easy, is it? I think the single most difficult thing about parenting is sleep deprivation. When I’m rested, everything else seems much more bearable, and sometimes even delightful. Wishing you ease and comfort during the next few days! And a big glass of wine when baby comes. πŸ™‚
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      I’ve been sleep deprived for 2 years πŸ™‚

      Aaah….. now I know why I feel shit, haha.

  • December 15, 2011 Barbara

    The last one had me literally LOL! I hope your week gets better!
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  • December 15, 2011 Shell

    I bet that felt good! Blogging is amazing therapy.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      OH it is!

  • December 15, 2011 Emmy

    Oh can you imagine if some of the really whinny FB violators did blog! Not a blog I would want to read.
    Sorry about all of your husband’s trips, that would be hard.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Haha that’s a good point!

  • December 15, 2011 A Morning Grouch

    Sometimes you just have to get it off your chest! And sounds like you have quite the list going there. Sometimes it seems like blogging is therapy, even when I know I am writing a ridiculously pointless, and very possibly boring, post. But, I suppose if it is therapeutic, it’s not so pointless after all.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Totally therapeutic.

  • December 15, 2011 Audrey

    So, here’s the good news…in a few years, they’ll both be out of diapers and you’ll feel enormous freedom πŸ™‚
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Years? YEARS? πŸ˜‰

  • December 15, 2011 Ado

    Well hot damn you sure got things off yo’ chest here in this here therapy post didn’t you? Loved it!
    I am aghast your tot wakes at such an UNGODLY hour. Oh you poor thing. We must do something about this at once.
    Have you tried the thing where you put him to bed earlier – like a half hour to forty mins. earlier? It’s counter-intuitive, but honestly if you haven’t tried putting him to bed earlier – try it – they sleep longer if they go to bed earlier! Not kidding. If they go to bed late – they wake up earlier. Weird but true. Try it. You need to get the sleep thing under control before No. 2 shows up for this party. (-:

    Now – re. this “Oy” thing. Oh my God! So funny —> is he a little soccer yobbo? A future David Beckham? And where did he learn this?! Too cute.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      Ironically, I do know about the early bedtime = later wakeup, later bedtime = early wakeup, but we haven’t got round to trying to get him to bed before 8. I think we’ll do that tonight.

      The Oy? I don’t know. Me? Haha.

  • December 15, 2011 Ryan (The Woven Moments)

    We all need to vent sometimes! Thank god for blogging, right??
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  • December 15, 2011 Laura

    I’m with you on the shouting thing and the playing quietly thing. Those two alone are enough to drive a person nutso.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      I’m halfway to the nuthouse!

  • December 15, 2011 Jamie

    Don’t you feel better now?! If you can’t vent here, where else can you!
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      I do feel loads better!

  • December 15, 2011 Jessica

    I hope you feel much better. It is so tough to be pregnant when you have a little one. Has anyone told you to “sleep when he sleeps?” I think it is also therapy to slap those people.
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    • December 15, 2011 Alison

      I do feel better, thank you πŸ™‚ I really admire moms like you who have more than one young child and not lose your mind already!

      Now, if slapping wasn’t wrong…. hehe.

  • December 15, 2011 Kimberly

    I am totally guilty of the whiny facebook statuses and tweets.
    I take full responsibilty for that.
    I just have a lot to gripe about πŸ˜‰
    Glad that you’re taking out your frustrations here. That’s what this space is for!
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      I forgive you your Facebook faux pas as you’re awesome πŸ™‚

  • December 16, 2011 S.L. Bartlett

    My boys were 13 months apart and rednecks in the cradle! I’m not kidding; they got a hold of my husbands tools (no, I have no clue how) and proceeded to screw apart their crib…together in crime…after they tore off their diapers and painted it with …well, ’nuff information there. Anyway, once, and only once, my husband tried that trick of taking off after spending a week away. He found his quad tires mysteriously flat…hehehehe. Good luck, and remember, duct tape comes in handy sometimes.
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      Haha, OMG your boys are a riot! And the flats? Good idea.

  • December 16, 2011 Susan

    Let’s introduce our two shall we? They would get along famously.
    Loved this.
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      Hee! Thanks Susan.

  • December 16, 2011 Leighann

    HA!
    the last one is my favourite!
    I can’t stand Facebook for that VERY reason!
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      Yeah, why can’t people just post food pictures and funny videos instead of diatribes?

  • December 16, 2011 Mommy2Β’

    I don’t have a Facebook page, but for the record I’m going with girl. πŸ™‚ Sometimes it just feels good to vent!
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      Okay, there are more votes for team pink now!

  • December 16, 2011 Kristen

    This is why I started my blog too. I just needed an outlet. I never had any idea that it would lead me to meet such wonderful people and projects. I have never been happier even on the hard days because I know I have my own little place in my blog.
    So happy to have met you as well!
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      And you, Kristen!

  • December 16, 2011 XLMIC

    HAahahahahahah! that last line about the Facebook status updates just about killed me!

    I feel your pain about the difficult toddler and the husband going out of town… no fun πŸ™ I hope it goes successfully for you… as in, you all survive πŸ™‚
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    • December 16, 2011 Alison

      We will survive – as long as I have cookies πŸ™‚

  • December 17, 2011 Amanda

    In every toddler’s life, there comes a magical time when he or she can suddenly play by him/herself for up to 15 minutes at a time! It may not be right now for your monkey, but maybe it will be closer to when the baby comes, freeing you up to feed or change the baby. Two is a lot less terrible than they make it out to be, I promise you!

    Definitely hear you about using your blog as therapy, though. Let it out, Mama, let it all out!

    • December 17, 2011 Alison

      I’m counting on you to be right! πŸ™‚

  • December 17, 2011 Mama Track

    Yes, on so many of those. It would be great it toddlers were rational beings. Please. Good luck, friend!
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    • December 17, 2011 Alison

      Haha, yes, if only. Thank you!

  • December 17, 2011 Katie E

    I agree with so many of your statements! And that the blog can be therapy. I think mine would be more therapeutic if I’d thought to start it more anonymously (like if a lot of my family members weren’t reading it regularly). But it’s definitely pretty good for sharing some of those mom thoughts and getting feedback. I just don’t think I can vent about my family πŸ™‚
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    • December 17, 2011 Alison

      Well, my family doesn’t read my blog (many don’t know I have one) but I never vent about them. Other than my husband, who knows I vent πŸ™‚

  • December 18, 2011 Pamela

    Blog as therapy — yes! Facebook whines — OMG! And now I’ll add a few, b/c my youngest two kids are now teens. It would be super fantastic if they, oh, i don’t know, maybe TOLD ME THEIR PLANS, or THOUGHT ABOUT SOMETHING FOR A NANOSECOND OTHER THAN THEMSELVES. It would be awesome if they ASKED ME HOW MY DAY WAS or DIDN’T BITCH EVERY TIME THEY WERE ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE AROUND THE HOUSE.

    But, you know what? Their older 3 siblings grew up and left. And I miss them. Bonus: they GREW UP when they left, and became less giant pains in the ass and more kinda cool grown up kid you want to hang out with. πŸ™‚
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    • December 18, 2011 Alison

      That’s good to know – so I have roughly 15 more years of BS to put up with? πŸ™‚

  • December 18, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Your last one cracked me up.

    But 5:30 in the morning????? Oh goodness, gracious me. Does he still nap? Even if he does, that’s hard to get rid of too because you need the break in the middle of the day.
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    • December 18, 2011 Alison

      Yes, 5.30. Not every day, but often enough to drive me bonkers. He takes a 2 hour nap in around noon every day. How does the kid have so much energy?

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