It’s a Love/Hate Sort of Thing

Being a parent has changed me in ways I never imagined PK (prior kids), as my friend puts it. I love my kids – that goes without saying, but that’s not what this is about. This is about poking fun at all of the crazy things that happen when you have three little ones. Some days I might cry if I didn’t have my camera handy and laugh at all the crazy things that happen in my life as a result of my three little angels (and I use this word loosely, as you will soon understand why). So, please, don’t read too much into this post. I hope you too will relate or at least find the humor. You see, PK, I used to love things that I now hate. There are also things that I LOVE now that I’m a mother.

For example, I never thought that I’d HATE playdough. I used to love playing with playdough with my friends’ kids, but now that I have kids of my own it is banned from my house. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to let it dry before trying to remove it from carpet. That doesn’t work.

I HATE beanbag chairs. I used to love them, kids love them and they’re fun. But all it takes is one curious and mischievous little Tasmanian Devil to change all that. This little stunt took me about an hour to clean up. Lesson learned. I won’t be leaving my photography props lying around anymore.

I HATE gum. Well, actually I love gum because I can pretty much get my kids to do anything for a piece of gum. I’m not exactly sure why it’s so magical, it just is. But there is a reason why it’s on my HATE list. You can probably guess where I’m going . . . Twice now, the baby has had gum stuck in his hair. How does an 11 month old who doesn’t chew gum get it stuck in his hair you ask? You guessed it. T Dev! If you’re wondering, a little (or rather A LOT) of baby oil removes the gum.

I HATE permanent markers. It doesn’t seem to matter where I put them the kids always find them. Yet, I can never find them when I need them. My oldest took a Sharpie to my parents light pine desk a few years ago. T Dev took a Sharpie to my guest bed and drew all over the sheets. I can only imagine what Gavin will do with a permanent marker.

I HATE stickers. They always end up places they’re not supposed to and never where they should be – in sticker books.

I LOVE washable crayola markers. All markers should be washable.

I LOVE Magic Eraser and Goo Gone!

I LOVE Lists. If it’s not on the list it doesn’t happen. The list speaks for itself.

I LOVE nap time. It’s very rare that I can get all three kids asleep at the same time, but when I do . . . ahhhh, sweet joy!

I LOVE coffee! I can’t say that I hated coffee PK, but now I can’t begin my morning without my sweet, sweet cup of coffee. I can tolerate a lot, but screaming kids? Not until I’ve had my cup of joe. No exception. (Notice the COSTCO size bag of beans!)

And drum roll please . . . .

I LOVE wine! I hated wine before I had kids. Now, what’s better than putting the kids in bed and snuggling on the couch with my husband sipping on a glass of vino? Notta whole lot!

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  1. Posted May 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm by Sean | Permalink

    I love you! Stickers suck! Coffee rocks!

  2. Posted May 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm by Jami | Permalink

    Leah – great post. We NEVER play with anything that ends in “dough” and did you know that toothpaste will remove Sharpie from wood? Yeah, found that out about 1 week after we bought our new kitchen table.

  3. Posted May 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm by Penny | Permalink

    Those DAMN beanbag chairs!! They are the devil!!!! Love the blog 🙂

  4. Posted May 13, 2011 at 7:19 am by Jennifer Buls | Permalink

    I worked at a day care in college. I knew that Play Dough was the work of the Devil before I became a mom. It has NEVER been allowed in my house. Annie thinks I am so mean. We have had a couple debates about it. I will not concede. Plus, it smells awful.

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