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  1. I was just about to suggest you get yourself some L-lysine. great for cold sores! and also – what I do is bathe mine in lavender drops in water and then dab neat lavender on it as well. poor gal xoxo

  2. Ahh, toddlers! I sometimes worry that I will be bald from all of the hair pulling before my lovely Peanut turns three. I've taken to begging my husband, so that I don't have to take her grocery shopping with me. She loves an audience!
    Chin up! It has to get better, for it can't get any worse. (or at least that's what I try to tell myself!)

  3. OH Alison that is so funny and SO like my life with baby James! Isn't 2 "wonderful"?? Sounds like you needed a trip to your comfort drawer (and hope it's stocked with tiny bottles of liquor!!)
    I just cackled at what Finley said to the old lady. "Pwecious!"
    Oh I hope today is better for you. Your story made my morning!
    Take care!

  4. Alison, just when I thought I couldn't adore you any more than I already do, you go and post this! You are not an atrocious mummy, you just need 5 minutes of peace to yourself. And it's quite alright if the orange lady was told off by pwecious Finley. When you have fruit hanging from your delicate underthings, and a rather unruly toddler in tow, it was the perfect thing for him to say. Pulling strawberries from your bra is not the time for some old daft broad to start up a conversation! Look back and chuckle love. That was nothing compared to what lies ahead!!!!

  5. Oh me! This was too funny – and just what I needed at thi very moment! I, too, have gorgeous little monsters. It is wonderful to know I am not alone! ~big smiles~ Cass

  6. Aaaah, Ali, don't worry. We've all been there to some degree. Some toddlers are more monstrous than others – my first was an angel, but the other two!!
    Thanks for sharing though, it's always nice to start the day with a chuckle 🙂
    My suggestion is to wait until he is at Nursery school and then do those scrumptious things by yourself, or with an adult friend!

  7. Oh Alison…I was laughing so hard….what a time you must have had!!!! I just just imagine the look on that lady's face!! Oh my!! Take care of you…hugs to you dear!!

  8. Alison,thanks so much for making me laugh.We've all been there or are going to be…., the p.m.s, cold sores, terrible twos and all.Pass the chocolate! ;0)

  9. You are not an atrocious mother at all. All mothers think this about a million times during their offspring's childhood. We're all sure we've destroyed our precious child's entire life because we weren't perfect. Heck, you'll think about it when Finley is a grown man. But you are perfect, just as you are–we all are. Finley exhibits definite leadership traits–look at it that way. Every time I read what he said, I have to laugh.

  10. I'm adding another note, Alison. Consider keeping a special life journal for Finley, put all the little anecdotes about him in it as he grows. Then give it to him when he's grown and is about to become a father himself. I think that would be an ever so loving and "pwecious" gift.

  11. The Liverpool Ompalumpas (ok I can't spell) are always out to cause trouble. Don't worry he'll grow out of his hellish Shirley Temple phase by the time he's 18.

  12. What a vivid picture you paint with words! I remember the days of losing the battle to a 2 year old. I would love to go back to those days cause losing the battle to a 16 year old is not nearly as pwecious!

  13. Oh Alison, you're such a gifted writer. I have no children yet, but this post certainly made me think (and chuckle). Poor thing! Your writing makes me feel like I was there…

  14. That story makes me laugh out loud. I think all of us mothers of the terrible twos have gone through this more than once. Usually my little angel boy is very well behaved in public, but sometimes he is just an absolute terror.

  15. This site is fantastic! I can't believe I found it on a yahoo search for "swedish style nook bed". In any case, your American friend and fellow freelance Writer-mom Carolyn is much bedazzled and thrilled to have found you. Let me know if you ever need someone to help you syndicate this or represent you!

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