‘Toddlers are the worst. During rest time they were doing everything, but resting. At one point they were jumping on their beds and peeing all over the floor.’

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“Toddlers are the worst.

My triplets dropped their nap about 3 weeks ago. Even though they aren’t napping, I am really trying to incorporate ‘rest’ time for about 45 minutes each day. While my daughter, Charlize, does a great job resting, reading books, and playing quietly, my boys are a whole other story! We have had our fair share of ‘toddlers are the worst’ moments. They have decorated each other’s beds with poop and have had many public tantrums. They even stuck a bar of soap down to the toilet and we had to buy a brand new toilet. However, last week my boys took it to a whole new level.

Mother smiles in selfie in her car with her three toddlers in carseats in the back

During rest time they were doing everything, but resting. At one point they were jumping on their beds and peeing all over the floor. I felt at a loss so I took everything out of their room except their beds and a book shelf. I left them 2 books each and locked the door. I could hear them laughing hysterically and I knew they were probably doing something they shouldn’t, but I was already so upset with them for their behavior so I wasn’t about to go in. However, after a whopping 8 minutes I finally caved, only to find them ‘decorating with boogers,’ as they called it.

Two toddler boys coloring with red marker on white door

The boys knocked over the book shelf and I didn’t realize there was something in the drawers that shouldn’t have been there (#momfail), but nonetheless, they found a pink ink cartridge and colored all over their bedroom walls. It was everywhere, even on the floor. At first I couldn’t figure out what they colored with or why it was even in the room, but it didn’t matter, it was there and it shouldn’t have been. Unfortunately, we have been setting the boys up for disaster by having them rest together, so they will all be separated moving forward.

Red marker all over white door and wall

After I took some time to deep breathe, I grabbed some towels and my mom found some magic erasers and I made the boys clean the walls until we got as much of the ink off the walls that we could. At the time I was not laughing, but now I can look back at this moment and certainly smile. My boys are artists and very imaginative and sometimes have a bad influence on each other. While I am still trying to figure out what operation ‘rest’ time looks like, I know that these wild worst moments will happen to all of us as parents and one day we will certainly laugh about it!”

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Desiree Fortin of California. You can follow her journey as a mom of triplets on Instagram.

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