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My kids are pretty good but when I can't hear them, I worry. I've found some messes, including a completely unrolled roll of wax paper, a whole roll of toilet paper in a toilet. I caught her before she completely unrolled a roll of aluminum foil. Unrolling stuff was a theme with one of mine.

What have you discovered when you've gone to find out why they're so quiet?
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DS got the screen door to the porch halfway off its hinges when he was one and a half. 

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Just a few weeks ago, DS (1) pulled a mostly-full package of tortillas off the table and shredded it to bits. Not bad for such a small fry! And that was after he pulled a paper towel roll off the desk, unrolled several squares, and shredded them only about 15 minutes earlier. (And I was catnapping on the couch RIGHT NEXT TO HIM during this! It all happened literally within 6 feet of my head!)


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My now-3yo put DHs hair fudge all over the cat when she was about 20mo. I can't remember what I was doing but she wasn't out of sight for very long.

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We are priming and repainting the house right now.  My 5 year old managed to sneak upstairs and by the time I noticed, he had managed to prime half the floor in one room, and leave footprints across the rest of the upstairs floor. 

I should have known better than to go to the bathroom.

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The dish soap slip n' slide on the hardwood floor and the 10lb bag of flour that they used to turn their room into a snow globe come to mind.


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When my oldest two first came to live with us, they got up early one morning and decided to make pancakes all on their own. They were 2 and 3, and the entire kitchen (and both of them) were completely covered in wet pancake mix! Luckily they did not know how to turn on the stove!

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My sons, about 3 and 5 at the time, broke the blinds in their room in our rented house and eventually took it off the window. It is now in pieces in their closet until either we move out or we face the landlord and ask him what he wants us to do about it. (He was already hesitant to rent to a family with children last year, so thankfully he's been very good to us.)


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Mine is a singleton and pretty mellow, so nothing really bad. Once when he was 3, he found a box of my tampons and popped them all out of their wrappers and applicators. It was hard to keep a straight face. 

 

When he was around 4, he used to also go into the bathroom and putter around in there. When I'd ask, "What are you doing?" he'd say, "I'm not making a potion, that's for sure." 


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Hair cuts... "She couldn't hear with all that hair over her ears."

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Haircut, here, too. When my DDs were about 4 & 2, I took a break from making thanksgiving dinner and walked in to a suspiciously quiet room in time to see DD1 frantically stuffing play scissors and handfuls of hair under a pillow... then I looked at DD2. She looked like a child who'd grown up in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, living with rats. Hair cut all around her head, in some places almost to the scalp. It was dramatic.
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, Both involve me nursing a newborn. Ds1 was halfway in my line of sight...what I could NOT see was the permanent marker he was using to color the cabinet! Thankfully, it came off with a magic eraser!

DD & DS 2 rubbed Eucerin cream all over the bottom of the bunkbed...under the bed!

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Another time, the.kids drew Patrick the Starfish on their bedroom wall in crayon! magic eraser left a permanent star outline that time.

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Dd was maybe a year and a half.  I vaguely noticed she was napping longer than usual, and was enjoying it thoroughly. I finally went to check her out and found she'd grabbed the tube of Desitin and had smeared the white goo all over her face, her shirt, her cuddle pillow and the headboard. I laughed so hard. And managed to get a picture.

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A whole canister of dry oatmeal on the living room carpet. 


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A whole box of cherry tomatoes squished and spread around the kitchen while I took a catnap. Another time, sewing pins, fabric, and my notions scattered all over the back bedroom.


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When I was pregnant with DS, both the dds unwrapped a few rolls of toilet paper all over the floor..... not so bad, except they made confetti out of it.  I had been resting on the bed, right next to them.  I should have known they were up to no good.


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Not really a mess, but a heart attack for me.  I left my 3yo DS to watch TV for a few minutes while I put his baby brother down for a nap.  Within a few minutes, I heard stomping outside the second story bedroom window and a little head bobbing by.  Then he said through the window "Look mommy, I climbed the scaffolding all by myself"  AHHHHH!  That was great incentive for DH to finish that side of the house super fast.

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dumped out corn chips stomped to bits on the living room floor was the Best mess, the peanut butter spread all over his legs after giving him a sandwich in his rear-facing car seat while I nursed the baby before going to the Indoor playground- which totally Looked like poop, is the runner up, but the Totally worst one was actual poop! Diaper removed, s#%*t spread all over the living room columns and leather couch!

 

I lost my cool, called off our plans (the ones I was busy getting ready for when he made the mess) and made him sit in timeout the whole time I cleaned it up. The next morning he went over to the scene of the crime and said, "What happened to this messy picture?" all innocent and sincere, and I couldn't help but laugh!

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The October that my youngest was 3, I had green nail polish in the bathroom, for a witch costume.  He was quiet.  We found him, having painted stripes of green nail polish - about his eye-level - all around the bathroom walls and door.  Also, stripes of traditional berry-red polish...which made it festive for Christmas, by which time we still had not repainted.


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lol - i have one regarding actual poop as well!  My DD1 was always quiet in her crib after waking up - she would lay in there and talk to her stuffed animals for close to an hour sometimes (shes now in college - this back in the good old days of comfort items in cribs!)  one morning i walked in to find she had used the contents of her diaper to paint her crib!  - ugh, up and down all the bars - smeared across many stuffed animals - who met their untimely demise that day!    She was about 18 months old.  - i didnt use a crib with subsequent children....


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When my DD was about 18 months she unraveled a yarn skein and tangled herself in it while I was on the phone, she was so happy and cute that I supervised as she continued. When she was five she and her friend uses my makeup to look beautiful, it was a big mess and they were beautiful clowns.

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Many years ago our first house was on the market. So, we had to have the house spotless and ready for showing at any time. Our two older girls were 4 and 2 years old. We had an other couple over who also had a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. The kids were playing upstairs, our girls had just gotten bunkbeds and the kids were enjoying climbing around.

 

They were fairly quiet and my dh and I were enjoying socializing with an other couple our age. I went upstairs to check on the kids and..... it was snowing! Someone had taken an entire container of cornstarch baby powder and it was sifting down, covering every surface in the room. I just stood there for a minute not believing what I was seeing. Then the phone rang and my husband said the realtor had called and was going to show the house in 15 minutes! I started to cry.

 

My 4 year old and her 4 year old accomplice told me, "The babies did it."  The babies were sitting on the floor and the two 4 year olds were on the top bunk of the bed, and the container of cornstarch baby powder was lying on the floor right under the top bunk, however. At that point I just needed to get it cleaned up. The other mom came up and we vacuumed and cleaned and dusted while the men kept the children busy. We got it powder free enough for the realtor to show the house. There was still baby powder in every crevice of our upstairs and it's most likely still there.

 

A few days later, I found my 4 year old sitting in a corner crying. I asked her what was wrong.

She said, " 'Member when Richard and I said the babies threw all that baby powder all over our room?"

"Yes, I do. It was quite a mess, wasn't it?"

"Yeah.....the babies didn't do it....(sob) Richard and I did!" she then broke down in tears and I held her and told her I was very glad she had been honest with me. I was 99% sure that the babies weren't to blame in the first place, but I was glad she finally came clean. :Hug

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One of my aunts had her first 4 children in a little over 3 years. She had been changing a diaper (they were all in diapers at one time at one point) and came in the living room to answer the door. Her oldest had gotten into a huge box of those gigantic sanitary napkins (y'know those napkins they used to give women after childbirth, the big cardboard box with the nurse on the front? My aunt was always post partum and evidently bought these napkins in bulk!) Her oldest son had taken the napkins like they were blocks and had built  roads and buildings and made a whole "Rag City" in the living room, and a delivery man walked in the door just as she saw the bizarre art project.

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I had a pile of clean laundry on the living room floor waiting to fold. I found the laundry out the window in the freshly mowed grass and piles of fresh mowed grass covered my entire living room. Oh, and the window screen had already been broken earlier.
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Not really a mess, but a heart attack for me.  I left my 3yo DS to watch TV for a few minutes while I put his baby brother down for a nap.  Within a few minutes, I heard stomping outside the second story bedroom window and a little head bobbing by.  Then he said through the window "Look mommy, I climbed the scaffolding all by myself"  AHHHHH!  That was great incentive for DH to finish that side of the house super fast.

Wow! I would have had a heart attack too! ACK!!
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i have a few but i'll only tell the ones that were memorable to me

 

- 18 months old. climbed the bathtub and got the whole giant jar of eucerin all over teh tub and on most of her body except the back. gosh she was so cute i only smiled. thick layer on the bathtub, inch thick on her. took me HOURS to clean up but dd had the softest skin ever for while. also same age. we had guests for dinner and were entertaining them. dd toddled over to the bathroom. suddenly i reaslised she'd been gone for awhile. guest went over to the bathroom and i went to teh bedroom. suddenly i heard laughter from the bathroom. dd had take out my whole new packet of heavy pads and pasted them all over. 

 

2 years old. in a tupperwear she'd poured shampoo, liquid soap, my liquid make up, toothpaste and was making a 'soup'.

 

3 years old. HAIRCUT. poked my head and had a heart attack. on the potty with its lid down were the kitchen scissors and a bunch of hair. dd had cut bangs. she did such a perfect job that i couldnt help but stand in awe. mommy i really really really wanted to cut hair but you wouldnt let me cut your hair for you. she started giving me a trim from about 8 and she did a good job keeping it straight. 


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3 years old. HAIRCUT. poked my head and had a heart attack. on the potty with its lid down were the kitchen scissors and a bunch of hair. dd had cut bangs. she did such a perfect job that i couldnt help but stand in awe. mommy i really really really wanted to cut hair but you wouldnt let me cut your hair for you. she started giving me a trim from about 8 and she did a good job keeping it straight. 

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DD was all up in my make up bag!!! was up to no good!
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