I Have No Real Answers. I Just Know All (My) Toddlers Are Maniacs. And I Deal.

When Kendall, my first, started the climb-all-the-things-attempt-death stage of toddlerhood, I simply felt doomed. Like, I made it through colic and sleepless nights, and now THIS? WILL I EVER BE SANE AGAIN?


An actual meltdown ensued.

I foolishly thought that my 2nd baby Leyna would give me less cause to panic because she’s a girl, which, obviously, is dumb. And I was proven wrong.


I think by the time you have a 3rd baby it’s not so much that you’re a pro at parenting, but just that less shocks you. And scares you.

So when Lowell started pushing chairs around the kitchen and scaling the table and the back of the couch, it wasn’t like I was like, “Oh cool. I know how to handle this.”

A photo posted by Jill Krause (@babyrabies) on

More like I was like, “Oh great. Yup. Right on time. Oof… did he just… ahhhh, yup. That’s going to leave a mark. Shake it off, buddy!”

And then we knocked all the chairs over. Like this.




  • I like beer and babies - It gets easier once you have given up all sense of hope, doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Martel Renzi - kid four over here. still no answers. way more mess.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Thomas - Haha! My youngest boy would scale the dining room chairs to get to the table and grab at the chandelier… He is nearly three and all the chairs still hang out in the guest room. Momma can’t have a heart attack every day.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hans - Laying down all the chairs…why hasn’t this occurred to me!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Claunch - Those pictures are epic. I love how the dog is just watching in the third one – like ‘well, guess I better go handle this since she isn’t.’ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Adkins Nixon - Let’s see…we’ve fallen backwards out of the windowsill because someone thought it was a stage to put on a show for the people outside walking their dogs. He thinks he’s superman and can make that leap from the Ottoman to the sofa…
    Fail. And climbing into the highchair is the main event. Yes, I will be completely gray-haired by summer.ReplyCancel

  • RichardandSarah Kachele - I lay the chairs down too!! Ha!ReplyCancel

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