Following a big move, our toddler turning 3, welcoming her little sister into toddlerhood by celebrating her 1st birthday and the start of fall...many tantrums were had in our house. Here are (some of) the reasons our toddler threw a tantrum this month...
1. She NEEDED to watch Barbie.
Have you let your little one watch Barbie on Netflix? Word of advice: DON'T. This show (in my opinion) is terrible and I can't bear to watch it. It is all about Barbie and her gigantic closet and OMG how will she find room for more shoes? I literally CAN. NOT. Upon being requested my husband and I just go ahead and say that it's gone. FOREVER.
2. A rule was created that no longer allowed her to sleep in bed with us.
After about 2 weeks of our toddler deciding she could sneak right up the middle of our bed and then proceed to kick us in the face ALLLLLL night long, our pediatrician recommended that we set up a little space for her on the floor. At first, my husband and I were thinking "aw, but she's our baby"...then we got kicked in the ribs. Hello sleeping bag! Our daughter was all for it until nighttime actually fell and she realized we meant business. I will say that, after some persuasion, she went back to her sleeping bag and has come to terms with this arrangement but it may continue to be a work in progress. If you're a co-sleeper, you rock but I simple can't handle it. I need my space and I am a better mom to my kids if I get that space.
3. She wanted to go home and relax.
Anyone who knows my child knows that this is NOT a common theme for her. If she is home for longer than 2 seconds she gets stir crazy. However, very recently she got annoyed when I mentioned that we had to make a quick stop on our way home from work/ school. She told me she just wanted to go home and relax (totally something her father would say). I went ahead and got her home and was totally compassionate to her request, but, I will say, she ended up getting sick the next day. Boo.
4. She NEEDED to touch her sister.
Speaking of illness, her little sister recently had Hand-Foot-and-Mouth. The DEVIL! We asked our toddler not to touch her sister and, obviously, she needed to touch her even MORE than she ever had before! "Mom, can I kiss her?" "Mom, can I play with her?" "Mom, can I share her toys?" But we survived and our toddler has managed to skip out on that particular illness thank goodness.
5. She wanted chicken. She didn't want chicken.
Our toddler is NOTORIOUS for completely convincing her father or me that she is super hungry and only wants chicken from "the chicken place" (i.e. Chik-fil-A or Culver's). Some of the time we completely buy in to it and think she will eat said chicken so we go out of our way to make those chicken dreams of hers come true. AND 9 times out of 10, our toddler eats 1/4 of 1 chicken strip and then flips her lid when we remind her that getting chicken was her idea because she said she would eat it. Not cool.
6. She was still playing.
Story of my life. We can't leave anywhere ever because our toddler is still playing. Every day after work I head to her school to pick her up from the after school program (that she attends for about 40 minutes) and most of the times she is annoyed with me because they either just got outside or she is coloring or her friend is still there. Hello?! Doesn't she miss me? Separation is so not an issue for her.
7. I tried to go downstairs.
In our new home, the bedrooms are upstairs and the main living space is downstairs. Every night after I assume our toddler is asleep I attempt to creep down the stairs to hang-out with my husband. AND, every night, I get busted by the toddler when then spirals out of control when she realizes that I had even dreamed about going downstairs. I am talking hostage situation...and the hostage is me.
8. She needed to watch "The Little Mermaid" in the car.
Kids these days! Our toddler has a tablet (cheap...don't judge me) that I load any and all digital copies of movies on so that she has a plethora of movie options. Unfortunately, the amount of space on the device tends to fill up quickly so the amount of movies that can actually be downloaded on to the device and watched when she is not connected to WiFi is limited. I tend to choose a few movies that she has been obsessed with and just download those. However, obviously she always feels the need to feel strongly about a movie that I have not downloaded and when she realizes that that movie is unavailable, well, basically, the world ends.
9. They had to give her little sister a shot.
Immunizations suck BUT are completely necessary (per my beliefs, no need to spark controversy on this topic with me). Our toddler had told me she wanted to leave the room if her little sister had to get any shots when I mentioned that we had to take her to the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor's office was a complete circus and, after a 2 hour situation, our 1-year old finally got her shots and her big sister was so over it she didn't want to leave the room. The nurse came in with a tray of immunizations (not a tray full, just like 3 on a tray haha) and our toddler said "NO! That's my baby sister!" Luckily, our 1-year old takes shots like a champ and cries for 1 second or less and then gives the nurse the stink eye. Her RBF is SHOCKINGLY good.
10. She did not want to move back to her room.
An experimental period is going on in our home right now. We have moved our toddler in with her baby sister with the hopes that baby sister will flippin' SLEEP. Our pediatrician recommended that we try this arrangement as sometimes kids just don't sleep because they're alone. Well, 2 nights, that baby slept. And one night she cried a short time and then got mad because her big sister left and then went back to sleep. After that night, we wondered if maybe the 2 nights had been a fluke and if our toddler maybe just needed to head back to her room. We mentioned this to our toddler and, apparently, the arrangement of the girls sharing a room is the arrangement she likes best. Who knew!
October... such an amazing month (as it is in my birth month and always the best month for the weather). Can't wait to see what tantrums will ensue. Until next month...