Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Life With a Two Year Old

We have a great park about one block from the flat. Antalya loves it. Although I'm discovering that actually making it to park with both girls by myself is quite the task. Here's how this morning's attempt went:

ME: Antalya, do you want to go to the park?
no reply
ME (several minutes later): Do you want to go play on the swings at the park?
A: ya
ME: ok. Let's go get your shoes on.
Five min later Antalya finally has socks and shoes on. I leave the room to put the baby wrap on and get Victoria. We are all set. I grab the keys to the flat and tell Antalya it's time to go. She doesn't come. I go to get her and find socks and shoes off. I remind her she needs them on to go to the park. She picks up her rainboots and says "boot". It's a sunny day outside, but I just want to go, so we put the rainboots on. We finally make it down the two flights of stairs and out the door. Antalya heads the fish pond right outside our building (see video clip in previous post) . We spend several minutes walking around the pond. We take the steps out of the pond area, but Antalya heads the wrong direction.
ME: The park is this way. Do you want to go to the park?
A: Ya.
We turn around, but then Antalya heads for the pond again. Several minutes later we are back on our way to the park. Antalya spots a door to another building in the complex. She knocks on the door. When no one answers she asks me for a treat. I explain that I have no treats.
ME: Do you want to go home and get a treat or go play?
A: Play.
Next she heads for a car. I remind her it's not ours and she can't touch it. So she turns around and heads to the fish pond. After a total of about 15 minutes outside, she sits down and takes her boots off (they are really uncomfortable to walk in very long).
ME: You need to wear your boots outside. Do you want to put your boots back on and go play at the park or go home?
A: Home.
So I pick her and her boots up. With Victoria strapped onto my front and Antalya riding on my hip we go back up the two flights of stairs into our flat. Maybe after lunch and a good nap for both girls I'll be up for another attempt at the park this afternoon.


Bunsy said...

I know I shouldn't laugh but that picture of her at the end of the post is just perfect. I'm sure you want to rip your hair out, or hers, but she is so cute!

Michelle said...

I don't mean to laugh either, but this reminds me so much of my life :) Kayla is so easily distracted it takes her 'forever' to do something and I'm constantly saying "Kayla get your pants on now" "ok stop that and get your pants on." "Look at me Kayla, you need to put your pants on." "Kayla, pants!" LOL

Jan said...

I think it would be a good idea to avoid trick or treating with Antalya this Halloween . . .It just might firmly establish this "treat seeking" behavior, LOL, and make it even harder to get past the long lines of doors you have to pass on the way to the park. Funny story and from personal behavior I know you're NOT exaggerating.

Teisha said...

Such a cute story! I love two year old logic. Sometimes I think life would be much simpler if we all had a little more of it in ours lives! London looks amazing! So excited for you!