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Friday, August 7, 2009

Keepin' It Real

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Most of the time I don't blog about stuff other than rainbows, unicorns, and sparkles. But, life is not all pretty and lovely all the time. It would likely be boring if it was, however. I would love to have unicorns in my life for real. :)

This week has been a tough one for me. With Zoe. She is running me ragged. My little girl is incredibly curious, and into Everything. Almost every day this week she has either dumped water, soap and lotion all over herself and the floor, dumped the dogs water everywhere, poured fruit punch all over the table and floor. She also likes to dump her half finished cereal all over the table, floor and herself. I have cried a lot this week. I have lost my temper a lot as well. I am human. I make mistakes. I vowed for the 50th time not to yell. So, this morning when Angelina ran into my room and said, "Mommy! Zoe got nail polish....." [that is all she got out, and all she had to say really] I launched out of bed, and took off running down the hall. What I found would be the true test of patience. Because it surely would take behemoth amounts of self control to keep calm. I turned into Angelina's room to find a little girl that looked as if she belonged as a prop in a horror film...

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Uh huh. I deserve a pat on the back for NOT yelling! I sure do. Go me! I was calm. But I did panic. All I knew was that there was nail polish on the CARPET and Zoe painted her legs so much that it just looked gruesome. Hence the horror film reference.

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She looked all nice and innocent. But she was definitely guilty.

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The entire time I tried to clean her legs off, all I could think about was THE CARPET! It's on the CARPET! OH MY GOD! HOW DO I GET NAIL POLISH OUT OF CARPET?! Which then brought on angry thoughts of how much I HATED carpet at that time. Carpet was not my friend. Why do people have carpet? Carpet sucks. I hate I hate I hate you. And the carpet just sat there not saying anything back. *Pout*.

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How did she get the polish you ask? Apparently I was dumb enough to put nail polish in the junk drawer. Now who puts nail polish in the junk drawer? I mean, honestly? Well, I guess I do! I haven't a clue why either. I definitely wish I didn't, though. And I will have you know that there is no longer nail polish in the junk drawer. It only took my daughter finding a bottle and covering herself and some of the carpet with it before I realized this. I know!! I am so smart. :P

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I must say that I love the internet. After dumping an entire bottle of nail polish remover onto Zoe's legs, and watching her gag instead of watching the nail polish vanish, I ran to the internet. HOW DO I CLEAN NAIL POLISH OUT OF CARPET & HOW DO I GET NAIL POLISH OFF MY KID'S SKIN?

Serious! I got some great answers!! And, I am incredibly relieved and happy to say. The nail polish is OUT OF THE CARPET! After using peroxide, windex, hair spray, TONS of water, and carpet cleaner, it ALL CAME OUT! I am NOT kidding. I was so relieved I burst into tears.

Then it was time to tackle Zoe's gruesome looking legs. It was recommended to just fill the bathtub with warm water, and have your child sit in it for 15-20 minutes. That's it! And you know what? That worked too!!! The polish just flaked off! AMAZING! I had to help it along a bit, but I was definitely OK with that. You'd be too if your child's legs looked bloody.

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So, yes. My littlest girl has run me ragged this week. To tears, to yelling, to panic, to frustration. But. At the end of the day, she has me running and overflowing with love for her. I just can't help it! ;) I love her so much! And how could you not love this face?

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My life may not always be full of rainbows, unicorns and sparkles, but it is full of love and that's all that really matters to me.



26 comments:

Polka Dot Moon said...

I can now see my future with the wee one! She is into everything, curious, not a bit scared and that scares me!

Glad to hear that all ended up well :)

Denise

Mommafo said...

She does look like someone fileted her like a fish :P I understand what you're going through--I have days/weeks/etc like that. Keep your head up. Hugs!!!

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

that is CRAZY!!!! cannot even imagine. but lulu would do that FOR SURE if given the chance. locking up my nail polish right now. yay for helpful solutions on the internet.

DrewB said...

OMG! Those pictures are hilarious. I can't believe that! So glad you got it out of the carpet (and off of her!)

DrewB said...

OMG! Those pictures are hilarious. I can't believe that! So glad you got it out of the carpet (and off of her!)

Jessica said...

I think that if your post didn't have pictures I would have thought that you were over exaggerating! Oh my goodness!!! Good for you for keeping your cool, not sure that I would have. I too understand what you are going through, Allie has been tough this week too!

Carrie said...

Zoe is so cute even covered in nail polish! I feel your pain, i am living it everyday. No polish for us yet.... but tide detergent stains carpets??? How does a three year old dump detergent.. I hav eno idea. But my carpet is blue :)

Elle's Mom said...

Wow!!!! Children really do test our patience. I'm so proud of you for handling it so well!! I was just thinking about doing a post about Elle testing my patience lately. I am so comforted to see that I am not alone.

I would have totally googled this too :-)

dana said...

AWESOME photos. love it!

Celeste said...

Oh Zoe...I think you must be getting a bit "restless" LOL

I'm glad that you were able to get it out the carpet!! (and off of Zoe) I would also freak over that.

The only thing I know that worked for me when I was little was when my mom "threatened" that DADDY was going to be disappointed in me. {it's the whole "don't want to make daddy sad" thing}...it worked.

Amanda said...

Oh Dear!! I'm glad I'm not alone. I try and try not to yell at my two and five year olds, but some days are just not rainbows for me either!

katielynn said...

oh my! i soo feel your pain and am headed straight to the junk drawer to take out the nail polish!(i always have some in there in case of a pedicure emergency) Poor thing looks like an extra on CSI!

Denissa said...

Yep have been there too...not with nail polish but with black spray paint on my WHITE van. That is what my middle son did when he was 2yrs old. And what did I do?? Had another little boy! lol :)
Thanks for sharing and being so honest..we are all human and I don't think I know any mom of a 2yr old that doesn't yell from time to time!

Amy Pinney said...

At least it was not at 2 in the morning...my niece stayed the night with me one night, and I was woken at 2 am by something very lightly "brushing" my finger. I woke to find my niece, painting my finger. Not the nail, MY FINGER, yellow. Then I noticed she had painted herself first. She wore pink and yellow gloves and shinguards, all made of nail polish.....I was quite flustered.

OH children...

Sara said...

Oh, my I laughed...and laughed ...

I'm so sorry to tell you that I laughed...but, I couldn't help it - that adorable face!!! And, then the hands and legs that looked like they belonged on some gruesome tv murder show...and then I laughed again...until tears rolled down my face...

I'm so glad my child-rearing days are over - but, I'll bet I'd get one little one just like yours for a grand-daughter!!!

Kari said...

I feel your pain! you are not alone in the vowing not to yell.... hasn't worked for me yet LOL
My almost two year old came to me earlier this week and said "I so pretty Mommy" Indeed she was - pink highlighter all over both arms! I haven't a clue where she found the highlighter. And it took several scrubings with wipes and about a 25 min bath to even fade her pinkness!

V and Co. said...

oh.i'm so sorry.
so far we havn't had anything with nail polish but i have found a boy out side with toilet paper taking a dump on my lawn. when asked "why?" the boy replied "the dog does it, i just was wanted to see what it would feel like to go outside." heaven help me.

V and Co. said...

i should mention that that said boy was my 9 year old.

Miss Anne said...

When I first saw the picture (before reading) I freaked out!!!

Then i read your post, smiled, and laughed a little (sorry)... she's so beautiful tho, how do you get upset with her, really, ya know?

lol :)

can't wait to see the new carpet or hardwood floors!

;)

The McKays said...

ah, definitely sounds like it has been one of "those" weeks. so sorry friend! good job for not losing your temper. wow, crazy pics! glad everyone and everything are OK. this will be one of the stories you tell her future spouse. :) xoxo

Ann On and On... said...

OMG...that took major internal strength not to squeal in anger... my hat is off to you! Crazy photos, but she is ooohhh soooo cute!

luvinthemommyhood said...

Oh no......this is horrible, yet hilarious at the same time. I feel for ya :(

Ricci said...

Oh My! You know when everything is quiet that there is probably trouble brewing. Good for you for capturing some pics and getting all of it off! Just remember that before you know it she will be in high school and you'll be wishing for such "simple" problems to deal with!

CindyML said...

I am sorry, but I was laughing while reading this post. this happened to me and day-glo orange nail polish on the carpet and the child. Same child also sat in the leather chair and proceeded to empty an entire bottle of Johnson's Baby lotion on her and the chair. Her answer after I grabbed my camera was, her legs felt dry and needed lotion. They grow so fast so just laugh when they do stuff like this. cindyml

Ashley said...

oh. my. gosh. that is all i have to say. at least you got it out of the carpet!

the one time i ever put bleach in the upper portion of the toilet, then flushed it (hence all the bleach was now in the bowl), i left sienna for 2 minutes, she found a cup under her sink, and emptied the entire bowl onto the carpet in her room....cup by cup. you cannot get bleach out of anything.....the beige carpet had a HUGe orange area in the middle. it was only a week old. i LOST it. i yelled and cursed so loud i think i scared her half to death. then i spent the rest of the day feeling guilty that i had turned into a monster....and thankful that she didn't DRINK it.

Ashley said...

by the way....what lens are you using here!? love the pics!