Thursday, April 19, 2007

UGH!

A very large part of me is so happy that my child is such a challenge. I'm hoping this means that in some way, we are raising an independent little girl. There is also a small part of me that just says, UGH! I'm tired....

Today my patience has been depleted. I absolutely have none left. I do realize that this is a time for her to learn to express herself, to see how far she can push and extend her boundaries, but if we could just set a little schedule for this, it would be much easier. I would know when to expect it and for exactly how long. Maybe even plan our outings around the scheduled tantrums and fits... Is that asking too much?

We went to lunch and dinner with some friends today - dinner was better than lunch, but I must say I was completely shocked to get an invitation to dinner after the shananigans she pulled at lunch. She wanted out of her seat, she wouldn't eat and my favorite, throwing things across the patio. Luckily we were sitting outside, so maybe we weren't a huge disruption to the other diners.

On the way home, our conversation went like this:

Her: Whaaaaaaaaa!
Me: It's ok, we'll be home in just a few minutes.
Her: Whaaaaaaaaa!
Me: Do you want your juice?
Her: NO! WHAAAAAAAA
Her: JUICE! Whaaaaaaa....
Me: Here's your juice, baby.
Her: NO JUICE!! Whaaaaaaaa...

{{{{{ Repeat with crackers, Aubie, and Elmo }}}}}

Finally... I turned up the radio and rolled down the windows. Pretending you are a limo driver with that little divider window is a great escape, and surprisingly enough, it worked. Breathe in, Breathe out.....

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