The Revolving Door

  1. Brittany Speight says:

    I think I just peed my pants after reading the last few paragraphs! You are SPOT on with that!!

  2. Kat Powers says:

    My son and I moved from Park Slope Brooklyn to Nashville a year ago. Before the move, I despaired that my overly calm, aloof 5 year old who could navigate the subway system and order Starbucks perfectly was not “boy” enough. Two T-ball seasons, countless hiking trips, and a Nashville Metro School year later and I now completely understand what you mean. We couldn’t be happier to have such a crazy kid 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Awesome! So glad it’s working out. I happened across the Park Slope Parents Twitter account a few days ago and all I can say is… You’re definitely in a different world now! 😀

  3. Cranrazz says:

    My stepson was in frequent timeouts for his actions and even though he could sit there perfectly still, I swear he was plotting his next few moves of mayhem, to be performed as soon as he was “free” again. He is almost 17 now but those preschool days remain clear in my memory because I had never seen anyone like him before. Good times…

  4. Andrea says:

    I just loved this SO much, you pretty much decribed both of my boys.  We are into the blissful 4’s with my oldest but my little guy is right in the thick of things at 20 months.  Counting the days until January 2014….

  5. Erica says:

    I have two girls, and though we want to eventually have a boy, sometimes I get scared thinking of it.

  6. subabaloo says:

    Just wait until the hormones kick in. Then you will have “revolving door moments” on steroids. I.e., jumping up and/or down FULL flights of stairs at the mall or at school (where that is apparently frowned upon), just because they are there… 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      I am definitely worried about those days- especially thinking of some of the things the boys I knew did in Junior High and High School! *shudder*

  7. Melissa says:

    Oh my gosh this is so true!!!!!!!! I grew up with three brothers and now have a toddler son of my own (and a baby on the way – pray for me!). I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. Boys are psychotic. Girls are too in their own way, and sometimes you come across the rare girl that also exhibits those crazed behaviors, but boys…boys are a special breed for sure…

    • Anonymous says:

      The older he gets, the more I’m discovering that his brain really is wired totally differently from his sister’s.  🙂 It’s illuminating, that’s for sure!

  8. Bellasaid32 says:

    So there is hope for my Samuel? Because truthfully his cuteness is the only thing keeping him off a curb alert on cragslist. I am kiddddinggg. Or not.


    I mean, really, my daughter has thrown one public fit in her life. My son- oh sweet baby capuchin monkeys, they see us coming and wince. It is so embarassing.


    So, 4 is the magic number huh? I only have 2 1/2 years of madness left to go then….

    Sorry I was doing the math:

     2 1/2 years x bottles of wine= AA

    2 1/2 years x boxes of chocolate= heart disease

    Guess I will stick with prozac.


    • Anonymous says:

      Ha ha ha! I SO remember those days. And yes. A glass of wine at the end of the day (or chocolate) definitely helped. 🙂

  9. Jenna says:

    Yup. They don’t ever officially grow up. Last night I was scheduling some appointments for my family. I needed my hubby’s input. I asked him 3-4 times when he turned around and said, “I’m watching TV!” We both knew how ridiculous this sounded so we couldn’t stop laughing! At least he knew what an ass he was being 😉


    • Anonymous says:

      Ha! Shamefully, I’ve DEFINITELY had that feeling too. But my response is a deep sigh and a very obvious pausing of whatever I’m watching on the DVR.  ;D

  10. Gertie says:

    OMG.  I just had the SAME experience with my four year old boy and a set of swinging double doors at the vets office. 

  11. Boricua_keya says:

    So, you’re telling me that you are 100% sure i can NOT take him back to the hospital? I mean to leave him there? My son will be 2 in November and the “terrible two’s” started at walking age which was at 11 months with him. I would’nt quite put him at tasmanian devil levels YET but i know it lurks in there taunting me. ::looks at notes:: And you say it will never really go away?? Lol. Such encouraging words you speak. ::walks out of room::

    • Anonymous says:

      I still remember when my son wouldn’t stop crying the night we brought him home from the hospital. It was 2am, neither one of us had had any sleep and as I paced the floor with him, it occurred to me that I couldn’t take him back! In my mind, I was going to be dealing with crying and no sleep for THE NEXT 18 YEARS! LOL. Fortunately, it finally occurred to me to look on the Internet for newborn sleep solutions- I read that letting him sleep in his carseat might help. I put him in his carseat and he went right to sleep. Something about feeling enclosed, I guess!

      • Boricua_keya says:

        I STILL use his infant carseat! Not when i drive but when I’m home cleaning & i want to sweep, mop or vacuum. I put him in it and place him in the middle of my queen bed or another room I’m not working on & turn on ELMO. Def a life/sanity saver. You know how frustrating it is to clean & have the toddler tornado wreak havoc at the same time.

        • Anonymous says:

          I totally understand. I had a Baby Bjorn bouncer that I had found at a consignment sale that both kids LOVED. It was the simplest thing, but it was totally invaluable and I don’t know what I would have done without it!

  12. Jenny Lomax says:

    When I was pregnant with my son everyone told me how EASY boys were, and my daughter was already a dream child so I thought this kid thing was going to be the easiest thing ever.  Then my son came along and was scaling our kitchen cabinets and standing on top of the counters and jumping off of the arms of furniture . . . all before turning one year old. I would think “If I can just keep him alive then I’ll worry about my sanity later”

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember thinking that– “How am I going to keep him ALIVE?!!!” Fortunately, somewhere in the third year a cautious streak kicked in. PHEW.

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