Thursday, August 7, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle...in stereo!!!!!!!!!

FULL.BLOWN.TANTRUMS.
OK, that is probably an exaggeration. And one day I will look back and laugh at these measly little 18 month-old fits.

I think it is just the recent frequency of them that bugs. Fun things we used to do are not quite as fun when M freaks out in the middle of them...

...baking cookies - the cookies have to be placed in the oven to bake...FREAK OUT!
...washing car - it's mama's turn to use the hose to spray off the top...FREAK OUT!
...dining out - we sit outside instead of inside...FREAK OUT!

It's kind of like a day-long FREAK OUT with little breaks of calm. I know this is all typical toddler...and probably heightened by irregular sleep and new teething (BTW, still only 4 teeth). Sure does make for a long day though!

Salt in the wound...he is perfectly happy & well-behaved when hanging with daddy. And when Scott's at work and I correct him, he starts saying "dadada" and pointing to the door.

Oh, Andrea, you will be happy to know that when M threw his second fit when it was my turn with the hose (after the first fit I talked about taking turns and made sure he had his rag & bucket to keep busy), I promptly turned off the water, told him our neighbors didn't want to hear him scream, and took him inside the house. Hmmm...now that I read that, it is no wonder he likes his dad better. Scott would have worked it so that M didn't even know he had given up the hose...or lifted M up to let him spray off the car. Maybe he should be a stay-at-home dad!!!

On another note, a funny thing M has started doing....if he thinks I did not cut his food into small enough pieces, he will let me know that he wants them smaller.



4 comments:

Andrea said...

YAY!! I am soooo proud of you , MAMA! Just be consistent! He'll figure out that you mean business.
BTW..My kids LOVE Daddy! When he walks through the door, they all SCREAM like they've won the lottery!
Makes me feel bad, until someone falls and bumps their head-then they RUN to Mama.
It's a bummer being"Bad Parent"(as in Good Cop/Bad Cop), but I've seen kids with "Good Parent/Good Parent".... You don't want one of those! :) SCAREY!!!!
How does January sound for Baby Boot Camp? Maybe Rebecca will have Owen home by then and we can all hang. Tell Scott not to worry--
The "People that live in the South" thing is a TOTAL fabrication. :)

A

jen said...

Wow, I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one dealing with the temper tantrums. We just try to ignore him and I think he's starting to get the picture that it's going nowhere. Recently, I've often found myself thinking, "How can a boy be so annoying and yet so cute?" ha ha!

jen said...

Oh and it is hilarious that M tells you he wants his food cute smaller! What a smartie! Andy would NEVER do that - he wants the whole big piece and shoves it all in, even as he's choking!

Rebecca said...

January sounds good to me. :) We are doing the all-day freakout here too. About every 5-10 minutes there is an ear-piercing scream. I don't know how to make it stop!! Last night I went out with some girlfriends for coffee and STAYED out for 4 hours... it was GREAT to get away for awhile!

Wish you & Andrea coulda been there. :)

Love,
R