Wouldn't it be fun to switch kids for a day? If I could, I'd take Maryn. Especially after what happened last night because at least Maryn willingly cleans up after herself since she can't stand messes.
First off, I wish I'd have pulled out the camera to take a picture. Maybe Jake and I wouldn't have been so mad about what happened and maybe just maybe Jake would have been smiling more while cleaning up after our natural disaster inspired by none other than Elisabeth.
To start off Jake and I have a tradition of every Thursday night watching "The Office" and "Lost". The house needed a little straightening up and so during the commercials Jake and I would race around the house with Ellie trying to pick up her toys, finish the dishes, etc. We made it through "The Office" of cleaning during the commercials when Elisabeth announced to me that she was going to go play with her babies in her room. "Finally some peace and quiet", I thought to myself. I was too tired to remember the number 1 cardinal rule of motherhood. Silence is golden only during naps..... not during playtime. Jake and I watched the next segment of TV until the next commercial came on. We got up to do our thing and I went to put some toys away in Elisabeth's room. To my horror EVERYTHING from Ellie's desk and chest of drawers was taken out and thrown in the middle of her room. She had then pulled out the baby powder to change her baby's bottom. She could have stopped there and I wouldn't have been so mad. However, she took the baby powder (in the largest size you can buy) and proceeded to fill ALL OF THE DRAWERS with it (for a grand total of 9 drawers). The entire bottle, which started out full, lined everything from the carpet to the bed to the clothes that she dumped on the floor too. Her room was definitely powder fresh as the bottle stated.
Instead of timeout, Jake and Elisabeth (mostly Jake) cleaned everything up. In what took 10 minutes or less to create caused an hour and a half of clean up. I don't think Jake wants me to ever buy another bottle of baby powder in my life. He swore up and down that he was going to have some kind of lung disease because of what he had to inhale. (I think Jake was very sweet to just start cleaning up without me even asking for help). We ended up not being able to watch "Lost" at all!
So the next time anyone wants to trade a child for a day... maybe Meticulous Maryn would be a better choice over Untidy Ellie.
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