Maddie Rae Gotcha Day

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Terrible Threes??

I've always heard it said that the "Terrible Twos" is really the "Terrible Threes," but I never had evidence. With Jack it was all just one big blur of temper tantrums and battles of the will. With Jonah it was all just one big walk on easy street. But now I get it! It seems that last month when Maddie Rae turned 3, some lightbulb went off in her head telling her to Throw Fits! Destroy things! Make lots of Mischief! Exert your Will! I present the following as evidence:

These materials were in her bed this morning when I went to get her up: Her brother's allowance, a tub of vaseline, a tub of lip gloss, her Nala and dog smeared with said vaseline and lip gloss, and a marker covered sheet.

The late afternoon meltdown. She won't take naps anymore, and we all pay for it around 4 pm.
But we always take the fit very seriously. We don't laugh. We wouldn't possibly take pictures of it. Because fits are serious business, right? Right.

Even the lips and teeth were green. I found this little display about 5 minutes before we had to run out the door to her brother's class picnic.
Scissors in the hand, and hair on the floor. Never a good sign.

In addition to these antics, she has also "washed" her brother's DS and my phone. The phone was no big deal because it was just the free phone I got when I opened my plan. The DS...well, that one was met by much weeping and gnashing of teeth. So I think I get it now. 3 is much more "terrible" than 2!


Raegan said...

I totally was like a switch flipped in Mallaney overnight.
Try dish soap to strip the vasaline off of Nala if you can't get it with other measures!

jenny said...

Oh, Maddie Rae...I think she and Beckett would be fast friends....not a lot of words but a whole lot of cleverness and trouble! She might be a handful but she sure is cute!

Ellen said...

I personally believe that "3" is just "2 with words". 2 was just the fits and the tantrums....3 adds the verbal component to the fits and the tantrums.

I've survived it twice before...2 down, 1 to go.