Neither Up Nor Down – Toddler Mischief

I love family events. In our family, they are big and noisy and a chance to catch up with around 30 people all at once in a pretty hectic atmosphere. With Little Z around though I also think twice about these things. A bouncy 2 year old in a fun atmosphere, around the said 30 people, where I can’t keep an eye on him at every second. It’s still worth it though of course.

So last week we all piled into the same house to celebrate Eid. Little Z reunited with all his little cousins for an epic nap-less play day and everyone ate too much through the whole day.

There are always very cute Little Z moments that we always laugh about on the way home. Such as:

Watching Little Z tell a 6 month old baby boy to “say cheese!” when the camera was about. The little boy chuckling back at him amused.

Watching my cousin try to put Little Zs coat on him as he wriggled out of her arms at sonic speed.

And of course there are those slightly more potential stressful moments when you’re out of the comfort zone of your own home and in an unfamiliar environment, faced with the task of watching your toddler like a hawk eyed eagle for a pretty long day. It poses somewhat of an interesting challenge.

• You spend the entire day trying to get your excited toddler to eat something. He chooses to only stuff his face with all the sweet stuff.

• He becomes more bouncy as a result of all the sweet stuff

• You form a tag team with the hubby and try to keep an eye on him, around the 30 others

• Eventually he calmly plays with his other cousins and you leave him with the hubby downstairs as you have a chat with the other girls upstairs

• At this point the hubby thinks the exact same scenario is going on in reverse

• Your son comes running in to see you within minutes to tell you something excitedly. You can’t fully understand him but you know he’s having fun with all his cousins. He is making “Shhhhhhhhhhh!” noises and gesturing wildly. It’s very sweet to watch.

• He stays and finishes your cheesecake helpfully and then you both then wander on downstairs to rejoin the rest of the family.

• Your hubby informs you that during the period Little Z was neither up(stairs) nor down(stairs) he and his little motley crew had found a rogue air freshener can. Little Z had used the opportunity to use it as “hairspray” on his slightly younger cousin.

• Which explains all the excited descriptions of “Shhhhhhhhh!”

You wonder if it’s time to go home yet.

(No children were harmed during this incident. Little Z did insist on re-telling his “Shhhh” story repeatedly over the next 24 hours though).

Neither up nor down

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  1. 3yearsandhome October 21, 2013 / 7:09 am

    Ha! Somebody went home smelling very fresh then. I find family occasions as stressful as they are fun. They end hp on a sugar high and you just have to hope they run themselves ragged enough to be able to sleep when they get home.

  2. Mama and More October 21, 2013 / 7:22 am

    Oh, that is brilliant!! “Shhhh” as in the noise of the spray can!! Love it!!

  3. sarah October 21, 2013 / 8:45 am

    haha..this is my experience of family events always!! tag team. tho it usually ends up being just me running round like a headless chicken looking for them all!!

  4. Jaime Oliver October 21, 2013 / 8:56 am

    lol lol i love these kind of events! I love how little tots find a clan of merriment makers and they cling to each other 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    P.s beautiful photo xx

  5. Katie @mummydaddyme October 21, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Oh bless him! I think it’s so funny that they already know they have been cheeky at this age. Sounds like an entertaining party. 😉 x

  6. Nicola Robson October 21, 2013 / 9:54 am

    I miss those massive family gatherings – and I’m looking forward to hosting some when my five all have children of their own – but I know what you mean about there being mingled enjoyment and stress when little ones are involved. You’d think with so many adults around ‘someone’ would be keeping an eye, but of course it never works out that way. Happy Eid!

  7. Alice @ Mums Make Lists October 21, 2013 / 10:22 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun and thankfully no damage done 🙂

    Can’t beat a big old family party – Alice

  8. sarahhillwheeler October 21, 2013 / 10:37 am

    Sounds like little Z has discovered the “divide and conquer” strategy. Great to see the lighter side!

  9. suzanne3childrenandit October 21, 2013 / 10:50 am

    Ha ha, gotta love a family party! Your Little Z must have created a whole book full of mischevious stories by now!

  10. Afra October 21, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Excellent! You need eyes in the back of your head! Be thankful it was air freshener and not car spray paint! Really made me smile SHHHHH!

  11. Mummypinkwellies October 21, 2013 / 11:34 am

    Mwhahahaha! Brilliant x

  12. Coombemill - Fiona October 21, 2013 / 11:43 am

    Nothing quite like a big family gathering. Sounds like a fun Eid and love the Shhh tale. #what’sthestory #magicmoments

  13. Mama Owl October 21, 2013 / 11:55 am

    Family ‘dos are always fun! Sounds like lots of fun x
    (visiting from Magic Moments) x

  14. Sonya Cisco October 21, 2013 / 12:34 pm

    Hahaha! Gosh they do keep us on their toes at this age dont they!

  15. blueberetmum October 21, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    ha ha ha – this is hilarious! Snorting with laughter at my desk 😉

  16. Laura October 21, 2013 / 2:18 pm

    Oh lol 🙂 too funny! You can never take an eye off them – they manage to fit mischief into the shortest time!

  17. Charly Dove October 21, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Brilliant, sounds like you had a great time albeit it a little stressful. They always seem to make mischief for themselves in larger gatherings don’t they. Love the Shhhhhhhhhhh and telling the baby to say cheese! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

  18. Erica Price October 21, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Loving the shhhh story. Reminds me of our sixth form play when we ‘discovered’ that spraying deodrant into your hair seemed to turn it grey. (Don’t ask.).

  19. expatmammy October 21, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Fantastic…love it. Very late but Eid Mubarak

  20. shahnaz October 21, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Brilliant and mischievous sounds like he had a great time x Hope you had a wonderful Eid x

  21. Mummy of Two October 21, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    LOL some of these things sound very familiar! Hope you had a brilliant time!

  22. Colette October 21, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Eeeep! Kids are so funny!

  23. Sara (@mumturnedmom) October 21, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    You’ve got to love big family gatherings! Love the ‘shhhh’ – makes perfect sense once you know the full story! Shouldn’t really laugh, but I did 🙂 #WhatstheStory #MagicMoments

  24. brinabird and son October 21, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    The things they get up to when we are not only take a minute too. Funny!

  25. Lilinha Espindula October 21, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Hahahaha sorry, but I couldn’t keep myself from laughing… too cute! Shhhhhh 🙂 x

  26. TK October 21, 2013 / 9:37 pm

    What fun! We have a big family too and this is exactly what my toddler is missing out on by staying away from home – all those noisy family gatherings. I agree about the tag, we do it too!

  27. Torsmum October 21, 2013 / 10:02 pm

    Thats brilliant, I can completely picture it. What a blessing to have your little Z in your life 🙂

  28. Only Best For Baby October 21, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    He is so cute! I love the way you describe things, sounds so much like my 2 year old 🙂

  29. Jane October 22, 2013 / 11:22 am

    This sounds like our day on Sunday, I’m sure its us that always end up more tired after the day out ;0)

  30. wendy October 22, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    sounds like a fun day xx

  31. Merlinda Little October 23, 2013 / 8:23 am

    children are always bouncy no? their energy is contagious!

  32. MummyTries October 23, 2013 / 11:30 am

    I know those situations can be a tad stressy for the grown ups, but the kids have so much fun 🙂 #BlogLoveDay11

  33. Nell Heshram October 23, 2013 / 1:09 pm

    Aah those littles and their exploits! This sounds alarming and funny in equal measure. We once found our with a gang of mates – they’d sneaked off to scribble on my son’s freshly painted walls! aaah!

  34. Chrissie October 23, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    That’s hilarious! So it really is the case that if you take your eyes off them for just a moment… Better lock up your makeup!

  35. Funky Wellies October 23, 2013 / 4:13 pm

    Love that “hairspray” story… 😉 xx

  36. Lystra Maisey October 23, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    Hello there! I love this, and know exactly what you mean by keeping an eye on them at all times-I can’t take my eyes off my little one for a minute as he is always trying to escape from the nearest exit, and doesn’t sit down for a moment! x

  37. Rhian @melbs October 24, 2013 / 7:01 am

    Oh dear! I thought he was saying shhhhhh as in he has a secret! At least you know what happened.
    Bet the cousins hair smells of Lily of the Valley for a good while yet! 🙂

  38. older mum in a muddle October 24, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Well…. someone had very interesting smelling hair that night *sniggers*. X

  39. Emma October 24, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    Awww, bless him! 🙂

  40. Izzie Anderton October 25, 2013 / 8:34 am

    Aw bless, only 2 and already getting into lots of mischief! Completely adorable.

  41. Christine October 25, 2013 / 12:23 pm

    Sounds great. I’m from a small family so am quite envious of your large gatherings!

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