Making their mark! Toddler twins etch permanent pen all over their faces after their mother pops to the loo
- Elaine Burns, from North Lanarkshire, twin toddlers got their hands on a marker
- The cheeky two-year-olds give each other a make-over with a permanent pen
- The single mum said she was lost for words when she saw their beaming faces
- Turning to Facebook for help, Elaine posted in a twin mum support group
A Scottish mother has revealed her horror after her twin toddlers got their hands on a permanent marker pen, when she nipped to the loo.
Elaine Burns, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, left her two-year-old boys happily watching TV and went to the bathroom.
Cheeky brothers Andrew and Patrick decided to give each other a make-over, in the few moments their mum’s back was turned.
When she returned minutes later she discovered her sons had decorated their faces with permanent black ink.
Elaine Burns, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, was left mortified after her twin toddlers got their hands on a permanent marker pen, when she nipped to the loo
Elaine realised that the boys had first helped each other climb over the stair gate to escape out the lounge.
She said: ‘My pencil case was in the hallway cupboard. I heard them shut the door of the tumble dryer and the vibrations must have knocked my pencil case off. Then they went very quiet and that’s never a good sign.’
The 39-year-old, single mother said she was lost for words when she saw her boy’s beaming faces.
She said: ‘They were sat in the hallway, eyes wide and grinning at me and I just thought oh my god it will never come off.’
The 39-year-old, single mum Elaine said she was lost for words when she saw her boy’s beaming faces
Elaine had left the boys watching TV whilst she nipped to the loo but they helped each other over the baby gate
Elaine, a trainee accountant, first thought it was shoe polish and then noticed her work pencil case near the cheeky culprits.
She said: ‘Their faces and hands were covered and I thought how on earth am I going to explain this to nursery?’
Turning to Facebook for help, Elaine posted in a twin mum support group.
She said: ‘I knew other twin mums would have been through something similar.
‘Raising twins can be absolutely crazy at times and other mums can come up with answers when we share our day to day disasters.
The boys, who will be three in July, needed a 90 minute bath with Baby Dove head to toe wash to clean themselves up
Elaine was able to get the offending permanent pen off their faces using this Dove baby wash (pictured)
The boys who will be three in July, needed a 90 minute bath to clean themselves up.
Elaine added: ‘I used Baby Dove head to toe wash in the bath and they thought it was great fun, splashing in the bath for over an hour, as I gently tried to get it all off.
Thankfully it all scrubbed off but it’s not the first time the boys have caused mayhem.
Elaine said: ‘They are always causing chaos. They are wild, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are best friends but they do wind each other up.’
Scottish mum Elaine was pictured on a day out with her adorable twin boys Patrick and Andrew – confessing raising twins can be ‘crazy’ at times
The twin brother are the best of friends and often will lead each other into trouble and mischief
Laughing she added: ‘Patrick is the wildest one, he never stops running and Andrew is a lot quieter but he is the thinker, he will come up with the idea and work out the logistics so they can cause trouble.
‘I have a million stories about their double trouble, like the Sudocrem incident a few months ago.
‘They look like the most angelic children but they have a real mischievous side.
‘After they got the Sudocrem out of their changing bag, I had to change the carpet, have the sofas professionally cleaned and it took two bottles of shampoo to get it out of their hair.
‘I was cleaning the bathroom when I heard them laughing uncontrollably and I instantly knew they were up to something.’
The boys once got into the Sudocrem out of their changing bag and Elaine had to change the carpet and have the sofas professionally cleaned
Eline also admitted it took two bottles of shampoo to get the Sudo Cream out of the boys hair – and said her house can often be ‘carnage’
Elaine added: ‘Like any mother, I keep things out of reach, but as they get bigger, I think out of reach will end up on the roof outside.’
She said: ‘This is real life when you’re a single mum with twin boy toddlers.
‘It is absolute carnage at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I would like more energy to keep up with their antics. I can laugh at it now, but I wasn’t laughing when they did it.
‘I posted online because the way I see it, us mums are like an army, we can only perform to our best when we know all the tricks and tools required to solve anything and the only way we can know everything is by working together.
‘I love my Facebook support group for twin mums, we can laugh together, support each other and share what we know. This is real life and it’s ok to normalise the mess and madness.’