I know today is supposed to be all rainbows and butterflies but I'm really not feeling it. Don't get me wrong - motherhood as a whole (so far) has been pretty darned great and amazing. I'm just feeling worn-out and overwhelmed. This past week has been extremely difficult. Nate's developed this screeching, temper-tantrumy, kicking and screaming when he doesn't get what he wants, demon child personality. And he's teething. Perfect. Thanks.
I don't know quite what to do. With myself or with him. Mealtimes are the bane of my existence. I make something, he promptly screeches and throws it on the floor. I try to find something else that appeals to him and yep - he wants no part of that either. I've pretty much resigned myself to saying SCREW IT (that's the polite version) - Drink all the milk you want because I'm tired of standing on my head to find something you'll eat at this one meal. And when he does eat, I need to come up with better options than chicken nuggets and fish sticks. He's vetoed bananas and green beans almost completely. There is a slight possibility that he's burned out on them from eating them every day for 6 months, but I stick with what I know he will eat, ya know?
I don't know what to do about the tantrums. He stands under the key holder and screams till he gets THE set of keys. Not just any set will do - I've tried. It's always MY keys he wants. The ones that if he loses, I'm screwed because I won't be able to get in the car or lock up the house.
To anyone with "strong-willed" children - please send me some advice. I don't want to perpetuate the problem by giving in all the time, but how do I make it stop?? PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!
It really is a good thing that Nate's is so frick-fracking cute because if he didn't run around and giggle and give me googly eyes throughout the day, I might run away from home.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone. I hope your day is great and your sanity is intact!
(Who me? I would NEVER cause my mother any grief!)