Summer vacation means that my toddler and I have even MORE time together! Although I am mostly loving it, it also means that my toddler has even more time to throw her infamous tantrums. Here are the reasons she couldn't maintain composure this month:
1. Her tummy was HAPPY.
How was I supposed to know that, when I asked my toddler to eat her dinner, that she could NOT eat dinner because her tummy was already happy? She even showed me her tummy by lifting up her shirt to show me. I didn't let her know that her tummy actually looked how it always looks... like everybody elses!
2. I forgot to give her carrots with her lunch.
With all of our toddler's meals I give her a fruit and a vegetable, just like most parents do. Well, for about 3 days in a row I gave her carrots as they usually end up eaten AND, let's be honest, it had been a while since I had done a store run. I finally made a trip to the store and presented her with her lunch that consisted of another vegetable. Naptime rolled around and why couldn't she lay the f*ck down? Because, duh, she had not had her carrots.
3. She wanted to drive the boat.
After a nice weekend visiting the in-laws, our toddler (and the rest of us) returned home to begin the work week. On Monday, everyone woke-up and began their daily routine as usual and our toddler, who had been able to actually TOUCH the steering wheel on her Grandpa's new boat requested to drive the boat. When we had to break the news to her that we were no longer at the lake... well, let's just say that did not align with the plant that she had laid out for herself...
4. She did NOT need to go potty.
Right before most exciting activities I have to determine whether or not to ask our toddler to use the restroom, which causes a commotion as she is very independent) or if we will just "wing it" and see if she asks while we are out-and-about (which she usually does). On one particular Saturday, as our toddler was playing with a friend at ta nearby park, I had chosen not to ask our toddler prior to leaving the house if she needed to go potty. Unfortunately this was a big mistake. This particular friend is one that she does not see often and the idea of removing herself from such a fun situation was ghastly; so, when nature called, he called right there in the middle of everyone and she peed right through those clothes. Mortification to the max here people!
5. We were not going to her best friends house.
On a Tuesday afternoon, following our regular storytime activity (blog post on some of our favorite summer activities thus far to come), my toddler asked if we were headed to "so-and-so's" house. I let her know that on this particular date we were headed to our house but that we would see "so-and-so" soon. This, of course, led to a conversation about how badly she wanted to go to "so-and-so's" house and, once she realized this was just not happening today, all hell broke loose.
6. She needed more lip gloss.
Other posts have shared our toddler's love for lip gloss...however, she continues to still enjoy looking her best which, in her cute little head, means that all people around her have on lip gloss. No big deal, right? Wrong. It has now progressed in to a need for a certain amount of lip gloss that needs to be on her lips for her to be beautiful and, unfortunately, this amount is the equivalent to half of the dang tube.
7. She wanted to go fishing.
Sometimes our cute little city girl gets the urge to go a little country. Recently, she asked if she could go fishing. Although this would be super fun, she is a straight up city girl and does not even OWN a fishing pole. I had to let her know that we could not go at that exact moment but that we would love to take her soon...this was not good enough.
8. She could not open the door.
At approximately 6:15 AM each and every single morning this summer our toddler has decided that she needs to be one with nature and head outdoors. We have no issues with this as we have a fenced In backyard and her attention span lasts about as long as a bikini wax (seriously, 5 minutes or less, highly recommend). Although we are fine with this, and our toddler can open all of the doors in our home now (scary, I know), she occasionally runs in to issues unlocking a door. One some mornings she tends to be testier than on other mornings, just like the rest of us, and if she can not whip a door open when she feels the urge sh*t gets REAL.
9. She needed someone else's Veggie Straws.
Although our toddler has an amazing mother who always packs her a plethora of snacks, obviously other people's snacks are better. Raisins, fruit snacks, Goldfish crackers, etc. always in tow and, yet, the moment another person gets of their snack it's like she has only been presented with empty wrappers and has NOTHING. This NOTHINGness than leads to a need for the other person's snack and, as with most toddlers, the other person has zero desire to share. Life is such a B.
10. She needed to watch a naptime movie.
As of late our toddler has decided to becoming the ultimate "anti-napper" and will fight to the death until she is told to just go ahead and get up. To offset some of the craziness in order to allow myself at least an hour of silence I instituted a new naptime movie policy. The rule is that she can skip nap but HAS to relax in her room and watch a movie in it's entirety before she can come out and continue to create havoc. The first 2-3 days were a breeze and our toddler went right to sleep. However, the next 4-5 days she decided to watch movies that she hadn't seen in a while in order to allow her attention to be kept long enough to stay awake and would then come out of her room, iPad in tow to show me that she had, in fact, forced herself to stay awake and could, in turn, continue to stay awake...of course this resulted in some car naps and even a couch nap. As a result of this, I attempted to remove the newly instated naptime movie policy and go back to the old way of getting her to nap (basically staring at her as she laid in her bed in her totally silent room until she fell asleep). Another fail... our toddler needed to watch a naptime movie or the world would end... and this momma NEEDS naptime silence for sanity purposes so, as of this date, she has been victorious.
What up July! A month of fire-poppin' parties and HEAT should make for good tantruming. Keep ya posted!