Friday, August 29, 2008

Mommy Tips

Today was supposed to be a post about our vacation at the lake but unfortunately that post will have to wait. This morning my darling son decided to do something that almost caused me to cry out loud....something every mother hopes won't happen to her. Instead of crying, screaming or worse, going ballistic on him- I decided to take a picture and deal with the issue as calmly as possible. You know about the "Ryan Funnies"...well this one is called Ryan NOT Funny!

We all know what happened when I trusted Ryan downstairs by himself (yes, why would I trust a almost 3 year old!?? I ask myself this everyday.), so he has been locked up upstairs whenever I am up there. I feel so bad for having him locked up in his room during the day that at night, we leave the gate open so he can come over to our room if he needs us. His room is the furthest from our room now so I worry that I won't be able to hear him. I also make sure all the doors are closed to the other rooms to be "on the safe side" including his bathroom.

I woke up at 6am this morning to feed Kara and to my surprise (almost stepped on him!) found Ryan lying on the floor next to my side of the bed! I don't know if he even tried to wake me up or just decided to sleep there?! So Chris took him back to bed. I fed Kara, got everything ready for breakfast and went back to bed. When I woke an hour later, Ryan was smiling as he ran out of our bathroom. Crap. What was he doing up early again and what trouble did he find this time I asked myself? I would soon find out and trust me, it wasn't "pretty"....


I know you are all sitting there with you mouths opened wide and in disbelief...but yes, that's my make-up and yes, it is on my expensive glider! See the reddish stains? Yes, that's lipstick. And that yellow tube on the right hand side? Yes, that's a highlighter. Not sure where he got that...can only imagine where Chris left it last. *sigh*

It took several hours and lots of elbow grease to get it cleaned up. Thank God my cousin, Sahira, came over after her class. She kept him busy and away from me the rest of the morning.

So why the title? Well...just in case you find yourself in a similar situation, I wanted you all to know how I got it cleaned. I hope you never have to take my advice...

You will need rubbing alcohol and hairspray! Blot don't rub the stains. Trust me, fight the temptation to rub the stains away. It only makes it worse. I normally do not use hair products but I do have a small can of hairspray just in case I need it. So I wanted to say thank you "Big Sexy Hair" for helping me get the lipstick out! The rubbing alcohol from Target got the highlighter out immediately! To finish the job, I got out the heavy duty stuff. Woolite with Oxyclean. Worked like a charm and the chair looks like new again.

There you have it. My guilt for locking him up is completely gone and that gate will be a permanent fixture at his doorway from now on. I've decided to put the monitor in his room so we are able to hear if he needs us. It's sad that we have to do all this but we have no choice. He is still too young to be by himself roaming the house and his curiosity is at an all time high. Safety First!

another life experience lived....

5 comments:

Heather Smith said...

Good job for not screaming, crying or going ballistic on him! Tha's impressive!

It's actually the safe thing to keep him locked up when ever you're there, you never know what might happen. Someone might come to the door or he might go outside by him self, you just never know what a almost three year old might do.

I am so sorry about your make-up! It's not cheap stuff, I can say that. That's good that you got it cleaned up though.

It is sad that you have to keep his gate on his door but it's the saffest thing to do. I mean, what if he walked outside during the night or something. I would be worried so that's the right thing to do until he learns. (Is there a such word as leanrs?)

Anyways, I hope everything else is going okay for you guys!

the d'angelo family said...

Wow...simply Wow!

Jenni said...

Um.....holy crap! My mouth did drop open when I saw that picture!!!!I would have been so mad!! I hope today is going better for you. Hugs.

TMI Tara said...

LOL. I don't mean to laugh at your misfortune, but this was so funny to me! Thanks for all the tips ;o)

Colleen said...

We have so many moments in our house where my child has been lucky I decided to just get out the camera! I decided Saturday to stay in bed after my son got up...He was playing a game on the computer so quietly...but decided to get into the cat food and spread it across the livingroom ...but how can I yell when I was being lazy laying in bed!