Posts tagged toddler mess


Painting time!

I didn’t really realize how long it has been since I let K1 paint anything, until we set all this stuff up. I also forgot how much work it is to let her paint. That is of course until I did it again. It genuinely takes me longer to set up than it does for her to become disinterested, or distracted. Then I still have to clean it all up, and fast! Well, faster than they can get into the paint and get it everywhere anyway. *sigh* But she really enjoys painting, and he finished projects. She proudly points them out to everyone who will listen. 

This little guy is still a little too little to wield a paint brush. Soon, but not quite yet. I whipped out finger paints for him and the top of a pizza box.

My caption for these photo’s; “Mom, this looks …..


Why did I leave him in the white diaper cover? I am still trying to wash the paint out of it. Guess it made for cute photos.

“I need some of your paint now.”


 These two ladies are so cute together. Once they learned that there would be a painting activity, neither house heard the end of it (we’re neighbors). That is until we finally painted. I guess that means this is something special for them, and we should do it more often.

Big kids like being creative too. Somehow the little ladies and K2 didn’t mess him or his bird house up. That is a small miracle.



Time for the bird houses to dry and the ladies to get hosed off.

K1’s is that masterpiece hanging in the back. It has yet to find a forever home. For now it is resting on my counter. 

Last summer we painted a lot. I started letting K1 paint just after she was two. JoAnn’s made it easy for me. $1 bird houses and a tube of washable non toxic paint for 60 cents? Done. Each time I got two bird houses and a tube of paint in a new color. Under $5 craft, I’m all in. Too bad they don’t bottle patience, I could use a little extra (especially for clean up).

Big kid bird house unscathed by the littles. Don’t you just love his positive message? I hope that the birdies can read. They’d really be missing out if they can’t.

What is your go-to craftivity?


Pumpkin Fun

Do you have a toddler?

Want to keep them in pumpkin carving fun without the danger?


I used masking tape to cover part of the pumpkin in a chevron design, and let her paint all over. This way it could be cute and wouldn’t matter what color or where she painted.

This is what it looked like once I removed the tape.

Then I got a fun idea …..


Sparkly, gold, glitter. As good as candle light.

This was a great toddler project, and now she has a pumpkin to add to the pumpkin family.


Not Winning

We have kinda been potty training lately. I’m not quite sure how you just kinda do something like that, but have definitely have not been hardcore about it.

DD was diaper free pretty much all morning long. She likes to tell me she needs to go potty but won’t relax to actually do it.

We put a diaper on to go to the playground and then eat lunch. When I changed her diaper before nap it was soaked. Like I didn’t know she even drank that much water soaked. This is good because all morning she did not have any messes on the floor, so she was holding it.

Then came the nap time that we changed the diaper for.

She was saying “new diaper, new diaper, new diaper”. I went upstairs. She pooped, a little. When I asked her if she had more poop she said yes. We sat on the potty for 6ish minutes. Nothing. So we cleaned up the room, put a new diaper on, and back to nap.

Then she started saying “mommy in need potty”.

I thought really kid? Didn’t we just do this?

Convinced that she just didn’t want to nap and wanted me to come back up there, I let her be.

The “I need potty”, turned to “I need a new diaper”, which turned into “mommy wipe butt”.

Finally when she sounded upset and started crying saying “mommy wipe hands” I went up there.

Naked baby. Dresser contents all over the floor. Everything from her bed on the floor. Standing on a picture with a glass frame. The glass was wet, tears or urine? not sure. And poop.


She did need to go potty.

She did need a new diaper.

She did need to be wiped. Both her butt and hands.

I am terrible.

Wrong. I was so wrong.

She was not being deceptive as I calculated.

We are getting a potty seat for the big toilet today. Maybe when I don’t have to hold her on/over the seat she will be able to relax and this won’t happen.

I told her I was sorry, and wrong, and that I love her.

Now she’s napping. On her floor, in front of the gate.

What a traumatic afternoon.

Have you had a time where you miscalculated your child’s needs? What happened?


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