Sunday, May 10, 2009


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!)


Xstitcher said...

Happy Mother's Day, Sweetie! You could have a duplicate set of keys made until the "gotta have it" wears off. Otherwise, the little bugger is testing his limits. He'll eat when he's hungry, so milk is just fine. And there's always bees knees and elephant toes!

Gina said...

The only advice I can give about the tantrums and eating is to keep telling yourself that it is normal, all kids do it, all moms go through it, it makes us all crazy, and it will (eventually) pass. Also - sometimes wine helps.

Amanda said...

HUGS! All the Moms out there understand. You will get through it. The eating is a control thing for toddlers. Sometimes just making yourself something to eat works because they'll eat off your plate but not their own.

Amanda said...

See if you can get this book at the library:

Whimsy said...

Oh sweet mighty thank the heavens there is another mother who is dealing with DEMON CHILD. Thank you for sharing because DUDE I SO FEEL YOUR PAIN.

The screeching! The foot stomping! The throwing food! And the SCREEEEEEEEECHING!

I'm there with you. If anything, isn't it nice to know that our kids are apparently so normal? Ha! The food situation here is driving me batty.

I want that book that Amanda recommends.

statia said...

Oh, the tantrums. We get them too. I generally just ignore them and tell him when he's ready to behave, he can have what he wants. Unless it's knives. Well, Ok, that depends on how insane he's making me. :oP

Just think, this is probably better than when they can actually mouth off to us as teenagers. That's how I get through it.