Saturday, December 29, 2007


Patches has been screaming in her room for 6 hours and going strong. She has written with pencil all over her walls and emptied out all the drawers. She has thrown away or given away all her gifts from us and Santa. She refuses to eat or come down. She hates me for no reason she can even articulate. She screamed at one point her hatred of me was for getting her a tree when her parents did not. I agreed she had a reason to be upset but not at me. She firmly disagrees. I guess I should have purchased them a tree before I met them, sounds reasonable to me.

So far Ava has broken the new game table we gave them for Christmas, the kick stand on Emma's new bike, stolen glitter from her visiting cousins and hid it in her room, stolen $20 from another visiting cousin, stolen and lost a wheel from Ruthie's new Heelys, broken several of the kids makeup kits to the point they had to be tossed, sat on her new bike at least 10 times and knocked over the other bikes scratching them to shreds, stuffed the toilet with rolls of TP at least 3 times, smeared her stuff in her bathroom and mine, broke her brothers new shark in 3 places, ripped up Emma's new sweater from Gorges, broke Michael's radio, and I am sure more that I haven't discovered in the last 2 days. All of this is intentional, I am at a loss. She is doing these things every time I turn around or use the restroom. If I am distracted for more than a second, she is sneaking off. I am about to tie her to me with a silk scarf so she can't get away b/c she is starting to really ruin the kids holiday.

6 comments:

Innocent Observer said...

I'm so sorry. It's almost impossible to comprehend the destruction. Holidays are always a trigger.

But seriously, next time, just buy a tree and save yourself a heap of trouble! :)

Mongoose said...

Starting to ruin the holidays? Sounds like she's got a pretty good start already.

I think Linda has a... I don't know what they call it, a person who comes over to take care of their youngest for N hours so that the rest of the family can exist normally for a few hours at a time. I wonder if that would be an option for you? It seems like you're always doing everything by yourself.

Anonymous said...

I have stumbled across your blog, read all the archives, and am in awe of how hard you have worked with these children. I don't have any advice, but you are all in my prayers.

Lorie said...

Ahhh....sweetie :-( HUGS! WOW!

Mongoose said...

Hey, I hope everything's ok. With other people I get withdrawal when they don't post, with you I get worried. I'm sure you're just busy and all... Just hoping everything's, well, not more than y'all can handle, at least. I suppose "copacetic" is probably unrealistic just now.

I always worry that you're gonna get seriously hurt some day.

ourboysourlives said...

Tudu..I find you inspiring and strong...I am so happy that I have found your blog..I learn so much from you and your daily....situations...it helps me to help others...thank you for taking the time to write about the good the bad and the ugly...I hope that the New Year brings your family more peace and less strife and children who make strides in their adjustment.