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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51 thoughts on “Neither Up Nor Down – Toddler Mischief”

  1. 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. 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!!

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

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