Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Another Birthday (And a Reminder That Terrible Twos* Are a Mere Walk in the Park Compared to the Next Bit)



Hooley Cadooley. You’d reckon third time ’round I’d have the parenting of small peeps vaguely sussed – at least in a generalised sort of fashion? Nup. Today a birthdaying (no longer two and eleven twelfths and a bit) kid, turned three with gusto. A tantrumming gusto that peaked and troughed and then soared – possibly beyond the Everest-esque heights set by the eldest, who, in her hey day, could hissy fit into a faint.



Now that the day is done and the house quiet, all I can do is thank goodness for the liberal use of craft glue. The birthday kid scored a wooden treehouse and over the weekend I had crafted up a family of Steiner-style gnomes who remarkably survived the day.



Steiner dolls generally sport quite neutral facial expressions – or go entirely without. The theory behind this, is that it allows a kid their own freedom of expression. A grumpy child (just as an example, plucked from, er, thin air) is free to express the ‘grump’ and not have their mood imposed through a shiny, smily faced doll. Regardless of whether one holds stock in this theory, I can confirm that all five gnomes stood up to doting attention as well as episodes of hell hath no fury (two of them were cooked).



Time to put the feet up and breathe in some calm, ready for a new day. A non-birthday day. A normal sort of day with routine and rhythm and AN AFTERNOON SNOOZE...



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* In my limited experience

PS. For local readers interested in the treehouse – it was purchased for a most excellent bargain from Honey Bee toys. Apparently there are two or three remaining where there is a minor fault with a few of the handcarved wooden pieces, (so the treehouse is purchased already constructed) and the price tag is greatly reduced...

PPS.
Wintry look (scarf) courtesy of House of Christie

40 comments:

Stomper Girl said...

Happy birthday to your sweet bubsy.

I thought the terrible twos were a myth. Three was much worse. But then comes 4, ah 4 how I lived thee.

Stomper Girl said...

Loved. I mean, not lived.

Anna Bartlett said...

congrats on the milestone. we are still shellshocked here tonight after miss 3 did her usual night-time tantrum routine. lucky she's cute! Love your treehouse people by the way. am sure George of the Jungle must be lurking there with an inviting facial expression somewhere though...

Megan.K. said...

Happy birthday (s) to you all. I mistakenly thought by #3 I'd have more of it worked out too... nup!
Your Miss 3 and my Miss 3 sound like peas in a pod ;)

Love your steiner gnomes - cute as.

x

Sally said...

Happy birthday to Ms. 3.
Gorgeous tree house and peeps. As for the tantruming... urgh. We're very familar with it here too. Exhausting.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Miss Personality with a CAPITAL P, Happy Birthday.

With Sympathy the rest of the family ;-)

That is a gorgeous tree house and your dolls are so lovely!

Didn't realise what an 'interesting' day you'd been having earlier - hope you have a cakeless, celebrationless, totally boring day as soon as.

Cheers,
AJ

Mary said...

What Stomper said !

Cindy said...

I set a high standard - are you kidding - look at all those beautiful felt creations.
We had a tanti party after wrongly informing her that it was her day - did she ever take that literally!
Happy birthday to the gorgeous girl, and I know you make up these stories, I have seen that face - butter wouldn't melt

Andi said...

Tantrum town is NOT a happy place.
Wish I could be more helpful!!
But that tree house with the little folk is absolutely gorgeous!! Love your work.
Andi x

Bellgirl said...

I love your elf clothes, especially the green hat! Does it come in my size?

Bellgirl said...

P.S> I'd definitely love a tree house, but I suspect if I brought another large-thing-with-small-pieces into the house Mister Bell would demonstrate the Terrible 35s.

One Flew Over said...

So honoured to witness the creation of these guys...they truly are exceptional.

PS: love the addition of the newborn.
PSS: Happy Birthday Tilly x

Tamara said...

Enough already...just too cute...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...These are sooooo gorgeous...I swear I'm in awe....xt

ecoMILF said...

those dolls are lovely. where did you get their bodies? did you just make the clothes or the whole kaboodle? hope hse had a nice day regardless of the temper. enjoy a day of rest today!

and ps. thanks for al labour birth stories they were all so amazing to read and so different and exactly what i needed right now! xo m.

Kirsty said...

Happy, happy birthday to your big 3 year old.

I agree 2 was delightful at our place & 3 was more of a challenge.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Great post. So funny.
You've had quite the week of birthdays at your house!

I still remember thinking... "terrible twos, what are people talking about? my kid is perfect! and then she turned 3...... "

My middle child is turning 3 in a few weeks time.....

teddybearswednesday said...

I'm loving both the tree house and the sweet dolls and all the stuff you made, you are amazing.x

jo so and sew said...

It all looks truly beautiful! Happy birthday 'spirited' Tilly! x

Leonie Guld said...

Oh...HOW I LOVE that tree house!! I wonder if they can make an adult size? x

Sue said...

Happy Birthday to your Miss Three! I think it is the terrible 3's not the terrible 2's, although my Miss 8 still knows how to have a great tantrum. The little felt family look wonderful, how clever you are. An adult sized treehouse would be great wouldnt it, just make sure you pop up the ladder so no little people can climb up and you can have some time to yourself!

Fer said...

Happy Birthday to the little 'un!
That tree house is just perfect, and I agree with Sue about an adult sized one!

ELK said...

oh how I remember those birthday hissys...love the house and dolls..so unique...much play will happen in a now 3 year olds hand

Suse said...

Never mind, she'll be 4 in the blink of an eye, and as you would know, four year olds are lovely.

Gina said...

I always wondered about the faces (or lack thereof). Perhaps I should erase my own, because the kids are sure picking up on my own expressions, and they are rarely of rosy-and-pleasant variety.

Two, three, ten, sixteen... every age scares me when it comes to this parenting caper.

jodi said...

oh we are so nearing 3 and I nodded my head to everything you said here. Today I was quite convinced that my patience was officially over. I may have to consult you for advice in the future. The gnomes are delightful. You have impressed me once again. x

Thea said...

Happy birthday to both your darlings. I want those dolls!

Jo said...

Your dolls are just beautiful, your kids have a very talented mum!

peppermintpatcher said...

I always consoled myself with the thought that I was raising a child who knew their own mind, an independent thinker with strong opinions. Then kicked myself for the same reasons...

Happy birthday to your independent three year old!

Sandrine said...

Happy birthday to your little miss!Those dolls have the best dress sense around I reckon, I can even imagine their happy faces ;)Enjoy your well deserved rest now!X

Elizabeth said...

Oh how I remember the 3s! My elder daughter was so mellow when she was 2. I was a part of a parent group at the time and would sit quietly as the rest of the parents of 2 year olds compared notes on their little terrors. I tried not to be smug, but I must've not quite managed because - wow! - did I get my comeuppance! I feel your pain! Hang in there! And, by the way, I love your little waldorf-y dolls!

Nikki said...

Lovin' those dollies!!

And yup - I'm with the rest of the gang on the 2's vs's 3's terribles. Right now we're slap bang in the middle of the f*ing 4's..... Nobody warned me about THAT one!!!

Madeline said...

Oh, those pesky tantrums. Can't entirely blame the little critters though. Sometimes I feel like throwing one too....probably a tad old for that though.

Your dolls are enchanting. Where did you get the little bodies for them?

beck said...

My youngest is so beautiful but is also the Loudest, Crankiest and the one Least Likely To Listen To Reason. It is exhausting at times, that's for sure. But her enthusiasm, joy at the world, imaginative excitement and gorgeous heart melting cuddles sure make up for it. Happy birthday to your big 3 year old, and hope you recover asap. Loved the photo's btw xo

edward and lilly said...

The little Steiner gnomes are so so sweet, I especially love their little hats!

Sadako said...

Those little people are so sweet!

Caroline said...

The more I study the detail of your little people the more I am smiiilllliiinnnng. Big, big smile going on here. Happy Birthday to Miss 3.

Di said...

Most excellent work! Happy Birthday to the wee one, and best of luck to you for the year ahead (note that's best of luck to YOU, not to the wee one. I'm sure the wee one will get through it fine without any luck whatsoever).

mallorymurray said...

What an amazing gift! Wow.

Melanie said...

I think each child likes to run according to their own plan. For me, #1 was a perfect(ly horrible) example of the terrible twos. #2, girl child, however, was pleasant and lovely from 2, through 3, almost right up until 4. At 4, she has turned into... well, I'm not sure it's nice to say in polite company, anyway. I may survive to find out what #3 is planning.

Love the gnomes, love their little outfits. I had so much fun making Trudi's bead-people, I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

june at noon said...

I'd heard of the Terrible Twos. No one told me about the Threes. Until my kid was two and I was saying how I couldn't wait 'til it was past. Since then I've learned two was only the beginning. *sigh*

Love those gnomes.