My heart deflates and swells a hundred times a day.
Have you ever had a moment when you felt like you were going to run out of the house screaming like your head was on fire because you couldn’t take one more second of toddlers? I have twin toddlers. They ask the same question, sequentially. Then I try to answer both of them at the same – because, after all, they just asked the same question – and it never works. Inevitably, only one of them will listen to the answer. Then the other one says, “What you say?” and I have to repeat it again.
Thus, I have the questioning of toddlers, in stereo, at all times. It makes me long for the good old days of mono. (Audiophile joke there.)
I’m tired in my bones.
They have quit napping. Did I mention that? For real this time. I have coerced and forced and reinforced naptime many times over, and I have always won every uprising and insurgence the twins have launched at me. Not this time. It’s been several weeks and all my bribes, threats, tricks, and separations have gone over like a lead zeppelin. (Audiophile joke there.)
I can’t write anymore, so my blog and my brain are suffering. And, oh, the irony: I finally get my oldest child off to kindergarten, and the twins decide that very week that they are done with naptime! There is no rest for a momma.
I have tried quiet time. It worked with my oldest child. Play with some toys and be quiet and let’s do this until kindergarten starts. But these twins turn quiet time into a WWE match. There is almost nothing in their room – no toys, nothing – and yet they manage to put holes in walls and perhaps in their heads as well. Twins always have an audience, and they love it.
I have tried separation. The Hurricane Twin gets the guest room. Then both of them cry. Forever. They don’t know how to live when they are apart.
I have tried separating the twins, but joining with one twin in the guest room. Hey, even though I won’t get my own time, at least I get some cuddle time with no questions in stereo, right? Hmmm. Not really. Heaven forbid I nod off… because I have been hit in the face with pants to wake me up. It is quite a window into the soul of whichever twin I am cuddling, but the other wails for his WWE partner/ audience in the other room.
My soul is screaming for relief and I feel like I have ping pong balls in my head and I think I might run out of the house like my head is on fire. And then, out of nowhere, he snuggles into my armpit and says, “Don’t take my sunshine away,” and my heart swells within my chest and I feel like I might burst.
I guess my mental health will have to take a backseat to that kind of love.
4 thoughts on “I Have Ping Pong Balls in My Head”
Sweet mama, hang in there! Are you signing them up for preschool soon? I’m not sure how you feel about it, and I don’t remember from your posts if your older son went. Two days a week 8:30-3:30 would let you rest your bones, and maybe even grab coffe with a friend. You deserve that! You’re doing a great job.
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Thanks so much for the kind words! They have a late birthday, so we have 2.5 years until kindergarten (!). Sending twins anywhere is obviously expensive, but I would like to try preschool if possible.
It is seriously eerie how similar our stories are. I know you write this blog as a scrapbook for yourself, but you are so much better with words than I am, and you describe my similar situation so often and so well. I can’t “like” your posts because I don’t have a wordpress account, but I love reading them and thank you for sharing. (We are nearly ending naps, and I DREAD it. Quiet time has also been a battle. Sleep issues are just a whole different ball game with twins!!!) Good luck to you!
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