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The other day, we were at her hair stylist.  It’s a place specifically for kids.  It has a waiting room that is just full of toys, that M LOVES! 

After her haircut, she wanted to play, but we had errands to run.  I compromised and told her she could play for about 10 minutes.  After the 10 minutes was up, I told M it was time to go. 

“No.  I play in toys.”

I walked toward her to hold her hand and guide her to the door and that’s when it all melted down. 

She pulled all her weight down to the floor and started to cry and beg to stay. 

I picked her up and she was bawling.  If anything, she should have been mad at me for taking her away from what she wanted.  Instead, she wrapped her arms around me and hugged me so tightly while crying her eyes out. 

I comforted her and explained to her that we couldn’t stay and she eventually calmed down. 

I mentioned to my mom that I’m so glad that she hasn’t learned how to get mad at ME for taking her away from the situation.  I told my mom that I was still glad that she was still innocent enough to come to me for comfort after I was the cause of her tears. 

I’m so happy that I’m not the bad guy.. yet.  I hope this doesn’t change for a long, long time..

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M is ruining my credibility.

These past few weeks, the blog has been about the various temper tantrums that we’ve been experiencing with our new little “terrible two.”

Those are true stories. 

My parents surprised us with a visit this past weekend, and did M have a tantrum?

Absolutely not.  Not one.  Not even a small whine or whimper!

And of course, the minute they leave, it’s on the floor and crying because I didn’t crawl into the bathroom with her for her nightly bath.  It’s on the floor and crying because I turned the lights off too soon for her liking.  It’s on the floor and crying because she asked for milk and my walking into the kitchen to get it for her just took a little too long for her liking..

I guess it’s a good thing that she’s on her best behavior in front of other people.  But after all the stories I’d been sharing with my mother, she kind of wanted to see some of it in action. 

Maybe I should just have them over all the time.  Maybe that cures “terrible twos.”

Has this ever happened to you?!

I’ve been dealing with these toddler temper tantrums for almost two weeks now.

There have been good days.  There have been bad days.

One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I’m actually a lot more patient than I realized I am.

Ok.. so it’s only been two weeks.  AND I know I haven’t seen the worst of it yet. 

But considering what I thought of myself prior to this phase, I’ve been doing well. 

I’ve always considered myself pretty impatient.  In most cases, I still am.

But when it comes to M and her tantrums, I seem to find a sort of calm in trying to deal with it.  I think it’s because I know that if I come into the situation with my temper flared up, it’s only going to make the situation worse.  I also know that at this point in the temper tantrum game, her tantrums don’t last very long and she is easily distracted from them. 

So at this point, I think I have it somewhat under control.

However.. like all things “toddler-related,” this will eventually change. 

I’ll return to this subject in about a month and we’ll see how well I’ve kept my cool.

Ok.. she did it.

Little M had her first on the floor tantrum.

I don’t know if it really constitutes as a tantrum because it didn’t last long..

You decide.

Usually M has a bottle of milk before going to bed.  The usual routine is that she sits on my lap and we cuddle while she drinks her warm milk.  Sometimes she falls asleep that way, sometimes she just drinks the milk.

Lately, she’s been asserting her independence and wanting to walk around while holding her bottle..

That would be totally fine if she didn’t like to “water” the carpet with her milk bottle leaving little drops of milk all over the carpet.

So, I take the bottle away and tell her that she can only drink the milk if she sits down with Mimi..

Ok.. so that worked out.. or so I thought.

She sat on my lap to drink milk for two minutes when she decided that she wanted to start walking around again.

Trying to reason with her, I told her that she could walk with the bottle as long as she didn’t put milk on the carpet. 

That went well for.. five seconds!

She starts to tip the bottle upside down and I take the bottle from her telling her that I had told her not to do that..

That’s when she screamed at me.. put herself on the floor.. arched her back and threw herself back down.. and cried..

But just for a split second.

Then she got back up.. came me on the couch.. and said, “up.”

She didn’t drink milk after that, but she cuddled on my lap until it was time to go to bed..

Tantrum?  A small release of frustration?  What do you think?


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