Thursday, September 30, 2010
Childhood joys and not so joys
So my 4yo "little bug" has her eagerly awaited 1st today to an apple orchard,she was beyond excited. And once I got past my parenthood fears of her getting lost, wandering off, and of my petite child, who isn't even big enough for a booster seat in the car yet, bouncing freely around in a school bus, I was excited for her. She has literally been counting down the days on a calendar. Normally the morning is a battle of getting dressed, eating, agreeing on shoes that are semi appropriate for the weather, but this morning she wore what I told her would be a good outfit and shoes for the trip . . .no arguing, it was a beautiful thing.
Her 2yo sister on the other hand, is in a nekked phase, I was able to get a pull up on her, but no clothes. Which would be fine if we didn't live in Michigan where it is starting to get chilly. But they learn by consequences and if she is cold, she will have to realize she needs to wear clothes . . .I hope. Anyways, it would only be the 3rd time this week I've taken her in in just a diaper.
BUT, the crisis began when we had to leave, and I had to turn off Little Einsteins BEFORE it was over so I could get the 4yo there in time for the bus. 2yo meltdown, moms who have experienced it are cringing at that, if you have not had the pleasure, try to imagine being trapped in a car with a 30 pound bundle of pure rage and sadness, with no inhibitions about demonstrating her feelings through screaming, kicking, punching, and repeated yellings of "I want Little Einsteins". For 25 minutes.
Singing, talking, begging, explaining, offering snacks and bribes (including at one point, a pony) did not help. Finally, 5 minutes from 'school' when I turned on Jimmy Buffets "Cheeseburger in Paradise" loud enough to semi drown out the screaming, she calmed down and sweetly asked for some crackers. Arrived at school, 4yo to her class, still beyond excited, 2yo to her class, clad in a diaper, clutching a bag of crackers and smiling at all who looked at her.