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October 29, 2008

She go crazy!

BM1162~Crazy-Doesn-t-Cover-It-Posters There are moments when I look at Mads, with her big, brown, seal pup eyes and sticky, rosy cheeks, and think to myself, "The girl is certifiable." 

Now, I am the last person to point fingers at Crazy, having taken a trip or two to that part of town myself. But, wow: Toddler crazy is a whole new brand of crazy. 

Last night, after a day full of too much sugar and too little sleep - among every parent's worst nightmares - she was bouncing off the walls. I don't mean that as just a convenient turn of phrase, like, "Everything but the kitchen sink" or "I laughed my ass off" (ha! If only it were that easy). I mean she was bouncing off the walls. Literally. She was spinning in circles, getting dizzy, and knocking into walls. 

Also, not to alarm you, but she sometimes speaks in tongues. Like the girl from The Exorcist, only - in my opinion - way cuter. She'll just suddenly let loose this stream of frenzied, high-pitched gibberish (often while spinning, showing she's inherited her mom's knack for multi-tasking) and then collapse on the floor in an uncontrollable fit of laughter. And while this is happening I look at F and tell him, "That part is all you." 

And all of this leads me to sometimes dredge up that old and tired question which is basically the motto of the Nuerotic Parents' Handbook, emblazoned on its front cover alongside a picture of a dancing cartoon straightjacket: 

Is this Normal? 

But it is, I think. Perfectly. All kids go a little nuts sometimes, right? Do yours? 

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The Dictator does this EVERY night - sugar or not. It seems like 7pm hits and he feels the urge to A) chase the dog, B) Spin in circles and fall down and C) Summersaults - a crap load of summersaults.

At least it tires him out for bedtime (now 8:22am and he is STILL asleep!!!!!!!!!!).

Posted by: Sleepynita | Oct 30, 2008 7:25:24 AM

my kids seem to think that a our couch turns into a free-for-all trampoline when they get in that mood! it makes ME go crazy!

Posted by: brandee | Oct 30, 2008 8:28:00 AM

Back when we lived in a place that had a real winter I would pull out the sleeper sofa mattress and let the littles jump around on it when the weather was bad. The mattress is crap now but it was worth it. Good memories for everyone.

After years they still don't know what to do with their energy. Tonight we were at a restaurant and my daughter wouldn't stop bouncing (while sitting) on the springy booth seat.

It's good exercise to chase them around when they are wild. It's more fun to do after wine. :-P

Posted by: MaryOliver | Oct 30, 2008 8:57:09 PM

Apparently Sprite has an alter ego. She's little Miss Perfect at school, follows directions, sets examples, etc. When we get home, things like not kicking the oven, not killing the dogs, not screaming randomly at pictures on the wall go right out the window and it's a free for all until bedtime. To make matters worse, I lost her receipt so I can't send her back.

Posted by: Sprite's Keeper | Oct 31, 2008 11:11:45 AM

Saturday, we called it "sugar drunk", after the 4 yr old had free access to Friday night's loot. Bouncing, running, staggering, richeting off solid objects and off us.

Posted by: mic | Nov 5, 2008 12:37:40 PM

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