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The Face of Two Years Nine Months

The Face of Two Years Nine Months

September 3, 2007

The Face of Two

Realizing your sandwich has been cut into tiny twi-angles and not tiny squares. Oh, the horror.

Posted by Chris @ 9:54 pm  

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  1. Joan says:

    I see nap-time coming on.

  2. Wendy says:

    That is it, I am calling CPS. How dare you cut that poor child’s into triangles and not immediately know that he wanted squares. How could he even bother to it such a tradegy?

    I am welling up with tears, I must go.

  3. Daisy says:

    His tantrums are so photogenic. You’ll have to save a collection to post at his graduation.

  4. JustRandi says:

    You know you’re a blogger when you just calmly reach for the camera at times like these.

  5. debby says:

    For my son, it was the cupcake being cut in half the wrong way. Um….. aren’t cupcakes ROUND?

    He’s 20 now and has fully recovered from the trauma.

  6. Diatribal says:

    On the bright side, the child has beautiful teeth!

  7. Deputy's Wife says:

    Hey, you captured the veins popping out of his neck. I am never able to do that. My hat is off to you.

  8. BetteJo says:

    I wish blogging had been around when my kids were doing things like that. Would have been nice to have had the idea of catching the moment for my blog and putting a camera between me and having my own meltdown.

  9. janet says:

    Triangles? How COULD you?? Shocking, really. EVERYONE knows squares are in.

  10. Mrs. Schmitty says:

    Oh, I’ve been there! I just love when you are half way done cutting the triangles and they yell…”NO! I think I want squares, actually!” ARRRGGGGHHHH!

  11. Jessica says:

    Hahaha, I have SO been there. Over the same thing actually. Except I also used the raspberry jelly instead of the grape, because I am horrible and mean and cruel.

  12. major bedhead says:

    So, it’s not just my child that does this? Good to know. Gotta remember to get the camera next time. Does taking the photograph at least shut them up for a moment? Pleasepleaseplease tell me it does. Lie, I don’t care.

  13. Lady M says:

    Good one! My husband made the mistake of asking our toddler if he wanted squares or triangles. “Five!” was the reply. Yeah, we cut the sandwich into five pieces for him, goofy people that we are.

  14. amy says:

    This is hilarious. Thank you for taking the time out of the tantrum to photograph it. I am literally ROTFLMAO as I type this!

  15. Loralee says:

    One of my earliest memories was not having the crusts cut off my tuna sandwich. The.world.ended.and.it.was.unacceptable.

    The only feeling that came close to that as an adult is when I found out that they canceled “Dead like me” on Showtime.

  16. Heather says:

    oh, my. i have a son that age. fortunately, he’s usually easy going, except when he wants water, no milk, no water, waaaaah! i’m tempted to throw the water/milk at him. next time i’ll just reach for the camera.

  17. Jessica says:

    LOL When is his birthday btw? My son is around the same age :)

  18. Jen says:

    Hey…I know that face! Just so you are warned…don’t even think about pouring milk into ANYTHING other than the red cup…don’t tell me I didn’t warn you! LOL

  19. Sueb0b says:

    I am going to report you to the authorities. Such abuse.

  20. Crissy says:

    I feel your pain, sister.

  21. Paula says:

    I think I saw that face at my house today…when the green bowl went to his brother. NOT THE ORANGE BOWL! Who knew?

  22. fidget says:

    fyi it still happens at 3 yrs 10 months

    though i’m sure you already knew that

  23. sarah says:

    My nearly 5 yr old is still like that. Little triangles only. Occasionally my brain leaves me and she gets big triangles…..it’s bad, bad, bad….and don’t forget the blue/red bowl and teddy spoons….good grief…that’s a great photo though.

  24. Blythe says:

    Ahh yes.. the dreaded triangles! My youngest is 3 and he always wants 3 triangles.. i have had a hard time convincing him that sandwich triangles only come in 2, 4 or none lol.

  25. river says:

    Quick! lop off the corners to form little squares. Serve the leftover tiny triangles on a separate plate in case he changes his mind……..

  26. Crisanne says:

    Glad to see my son’s not the only one. I’ll have to try to capture the next one with the camera!

  27. genpoco says:

    My God woman, is that CRUST as well? Scandalous!

    ( he’s too freaking cute even when blwoing a gasket )

  28. genpoco says:

    read: “blowing” - need more java

  29. Beverly says:

    Same face I see at 16 years 6 months when he realizes that he can’t drive to school.

  30. poppy fields says:

    If it’s any consolation, my seven year old still makes the same face if I don’t cut her sandwich just right.

  31. elasticwaistbandlady says:

    I’m all about sandwich triangulation as evidenced here. Only Huey Lewis would slice and eat a sandwich according to the ‘Hip To Be Square’ dictates.

  32. JESSICA says:

    my stepsons sandwiches MUST be cut in half diagonally with all crust removed.

  33. cheryl says:

    is that a FLUFFERNUTTER??????

  34. Lori says:

    I cannot believe you would make this mistake! As you’ve previously mentioned, the shape of the pasta determines its taste. The same obviously goes for sandwiches. Duh.

    By the way, as dumb as this may sound, I wish my mom had taken more pictures of me, doing anything–throwing a fit, smiling, riding my bike…She got plenty of my falling off of my bike, but none of me succeeding. Anyway, keep it up. The kids will love the pictures–the good, the bad, and the ugly–later.

  35. Heather Scholfield says:

    Nice plates! I have the same set.

  36. Meritt says:

    YEAH~~~ YOU SAID YEARS!!!!!!!!

    I think you finally switched from saying he was 627 ‘months’ old. ;)

  37. Maria says:

    Lunch here is DS1 - two big triangles, no ketchup; DS2 - two big triangles, ketchup; DD1 - three squares (reserve one), ketchup; DS3 - squares, lots of ketchup; DS4 - triangles, no ketchup; DD2 - squares, no ketchup. Call me Short Order Cook.

  38. peepnroosmom says:

    Twi-angles! How dare you!
    However at my house one boy likes them in triangles and one likes squares. (shaking head)

  39. Christine says:

    I had to save the day once with the twi-angle mistake - threw them on a paper plate, drew waves and told them they were eating little fish.

    It worked.


  40. MamaLady says:

    My son is 5 and still has moments like that. A little particular you think?
    BTW, love the tableware. We are prone to paper towels in my house!

  41. Marianne says:


    That’s what I look like when my alarm goes off in the morning.

  42. Jackie @ Family Daze says:

    Laughing from your post. Laughing from the comments.

    Everyone knows that twi-angles taste different from squares!

  43. Karen Vogel says:

    That’s nothing - my 14-year-old daughter still looks that way when she realizes that she can’t have life as she wants it, when she wants it. Teens seem to be overgrown two’s. Hence my latest post at The More The Messier (www.suburbancorrespondent.blogspot.com)

  44. Denise says:

    I cant imagine what that silver thing could be behind him. Is that your new fridge? But its so small?
    In my mind its a new upright large freezer….

  45. JESSICA says:

    sometimes i too feel like a short order cook. between my fiance; stepson and my son i end up cooking each something specific.
    soooo did he decide to buck up and eat the sandwich ?

  46. Beth says:

    For me, the funniest thing about this is my mental image of you taking a picture while your boy is having a tantrum. That is definitely a sign of an experienced mom. ;^)

  47. Esme says:

    There have been many tantrums in my house over improperly handled PBJs. The Mr. insists that a proper PBJ must be folded in half, never cut.

    Oh, wait. Did you mean tantrums by kids? Yeah, those too…

  48. kit says:

    I am giggling over this post, and how you were able to so quickly capture this moment. The comments are cracking me up.
    The best was my friend’s kids who have to have their sandwiches cut with a certain KNIFE!!! That’s right, cut the sandwich with a blade that is too dull and they will protest that they might CHOKE on the ragged edges. The perils of childhood…

  49. Jamie says:

    Sadly, this is what my 3 year, 9 months son looks like when he doesn’t get his way, either. God, I wish the tantrums and whining would stop soon… :)

  50. Holly says:

    My 6 year old wants his cut into stars. I did it on a whim for his first day of school lunch and now I CAN’T do it any other way!

  51. Amy Y says:

    I am glad my life is not that rough. :D

  52. Shigeta says:

    Had to come out of lurkdom (I made that word up…just now) to tell you that I WAS SO TICKLED AT YOUR BOY’S FACE. I mean how could you , mooooooom…I want squares.not triangles.I got some of this when I took 4 yr oldsbraids down last night. They’d been up for 2 weeks and it’s time for them to be redone. Woke up this morning telling me all the reasons why she wasn’t going to school, topping the list was the “regular hair” being back.

  53. liz says:


  54. Another Susan says:

    Since it looks like he actually eats the crust, I think you should comply with his request for squares LOL My oldest, now 5.5 years old takes things a step further though, when PB&J is an acceptable food to eat, it must be cut into a fun shape w/ a cookie cutter … it was a good idea at the time when I suggested the *fun* waay back when but not so much anymore ;) p.s. my little one turns 3 in a month - I feel your pain - his fits right now are usually over milk or OJ. If I pour milk, he wants OJ or vice versa. You know the drill!

  55. WSG says:

    Oh God. How do you not throttle them at times like this?

  56. Anna says:

    Hahaha! That made me laugh right out loud! The horror of the triangle…how dare you! My three year old tried that once so I picked a piece up and ate it…he wasn’t going to eat it, right? The noise he made could be heard around the block… ;-)

  57. anne nahm says:

    Wait till he figures out you are leaving the crust on - he’ll hand you your butt in a basket for your insolence.

  58. RzDrms says:

    child a-boose!!!

  59. Fairly Odd Mother says:

    My God woman, the crusts are still on that sandwich. Have you no mercy?

  60. hipwritermama says:

    Too funny.

  61. Mocha says:

    I can’t breathe. Can’t.

    Need. Resuscitation.

  62. Kim says:

    Oh I’m so familiar with that face. Many times I have wanted to open the front door and let that face walk right out into the street and then…. just when I was about to fall over the line into completely crazy out comes that sweet smile and a hug. What is a mother to do?

  63. carrien says:

    OMG I WISH I had thought to grab the camera when that happened.

  64. Grim Reality Girl says:

    Indeed! I could make a “Horror at the table” scrapbook! Love your pictures - wish I’d taken them!

  65. Lovebabz says:

    Hey I have that same kid! Ok I have that same kid times 4! I bet my 5 year can out scream him anyday of the week. Give your address and I’ll send her to you!

  66. Fold My Laundry Please says:

    My 5 and 4 year old boys were just looking at the picture. When I told them what he was crying about, I said, “Triangles instead of squares, isn’t that a silly thing to cry about?” And in unison they both solemnly shook their heads and said, “Not at all silly.” So, clearly you have commited some sort of short person faux pas! You should beg his forgiveness!

  67. Susan says:

    First you won’t SHUT UP, as he so kindly asked, and now you’re cutting his sandwiches into triangles. What next? Yelling at him for having wire hangers in his closet? Really, you’re just horrifying, Chris. BREEDER!!!1!!!!!

  68. NoMasNinos says:

    Yep, my son is well known for similar freak outs and he’s almost four. Today it was because I gave him a bath and not his father. Apparently, “I have pickles.” Not quite sure what he meant as he repeated this over and over and demanded another shower from his dad.

    Tell me the freak outs will end soon - lie if you have to.

  69. maria says:

    What a relief to have evidence that my daughter’s reactions to similar tragedies are not in fact pathological.

  70. Tammy H. says:

    I’m 36 and the mother of 3, but I’ll never live down a similar story. For years I’ve heard how in the middle of dinner, I put my head down on the table and started sobbing. The problem………… my mother gave me a chipped plate. The story was funnier before I had kids of my own - now, it’s just payback!

  71. mel says:

    If you thought that was bad, you should have seen the nuclear meltdown when I told my son he would have to wear underwear if he wanted to wear a dress.

  72. speck says:

    do you laugh in their face when they throw such fits over such silliness?
    you’re such a better mom than me.

    our latest fit was over the straightener. The 17 year old didn’t think I paid enough for it. yes, the cost of the straightener tells us how good it is…. she actually cried over this.
    I laughed out loud in her face. and then took it away, because clearly a good mom would not let a precious daughter use a straightener that she got through a beauty supply company and saved $100 on…..no…. I’m too good a mommy for that….

    welcome to my pain.

  73. Diane says:

    I’m laughing from my gut right now! Hysterical!

  74. Maine Mom says:

    Don’t you know better? :-)

  75. Manic Mommy says:

    Back when I was a child…we had to eat sandwiches cut in squares WITH the crust on…right before we walked to school up hill (both ways).

    At our house, it’s triangles, no crust, and NEVER EVER jelly - only peanut butter and Fluff.

  76. JEN says:

    absolutely priceless.

  77. Rae says:

    Looks like my house.

  78. Esme says:

    By the way… There’s a huge discussion about PB&J over at Boston.com right now…


    A story, too: http://www.boston.com/ae/food/articles/2007/09/05/one_mans_search_for_pbj_perfection/

  79. Miguelina says:

    Funny how this is hilarious until it happens at my house.

  80. Jen says:

    Hey, I know that face! In my world, it’s the face of 2 years 5 months, and 3 years 7 months.

    As always, great photo!

  81. Mom101 says:

    And meanwhile my daughter only wants the triangles.

    Maybe squares are for big kids?

  82. Gina says:

    Triangles? Squares? Mine wanted the peanut butter on the outside………….

  83. Sue says:

    Oh I wanna be 3 yo again!! Don’t they allow you to rewind your life a 22 years back?
    Sandwiches in wrong shapes; Milk that is either an ounce more or less than needed; bunch of grapes that do not look like a whole lot….
    I miss all those.
    :-) Sue

  84. Maria says:

    oh my goodness. that is the look on my daughter’s face when she asks for something for the first time but acts like she has asked for hours and we have ignored her.

  85. Kim says:

    For me it was the Bozo the Clown spoon. I couldn’t eat my yogurt without it. I even took it to school with me. Um…did I mention that it was junior high? Not that I want to worry you or anything…

  86. studio4moms says:

    Should I be embarrassed to admit I remember feeling just like that at age 4? My sandwich was cut in squares, definitely the wrong way! Triangles Rule!

  87. jen says:

    Oh yes, I know that one. Circle cheese or triangle cheese or square cheese… I can’t keep up! And my son is only 2yrs 1 month…. Does this mean it will get worse?!

    Oh, the horror!!! ;)

  88. MsRebecca says:

    My kids,[brats that they are] still refuse to eat crust on any type of bread, and there I stand diligently slicing all the crusts off for my high-maintenance heathens.. I heard that they make crustless bread but I’ve yet to find it!

  89. WCD says:


  90. Sarah says:

    This made me grin–my two years two months old son had this exact look earlier today, for the exact same reason.


  91. Lorraine says:

    Squares or triangles — wouldn’t you think you’d have a 50/50 chance of being right at least a few times a year? No, I NEVER get it right. However, tipping the plate over the garbage can can be effective sometimes…because they now know that I will throw it away!