Oh dear. What a day.
There are two things I know for certain.
1. Naptime is impossible if you live in the city.
First you have the neighborhood dogs and their owners walking them. Then you have your dogs who have a sixth sense about the neighborhood dogs being anywhere near your property…thus having the right to “protect” their property. Then you have the loud trucks constantly beeping. What’s all that stinkin’ beeping about!?! Oh wait, they are paving the road outside. Then there are the neighbors who feel it’s the opportune time to mow and weed eat the lawn…don’t forget about the leaf blowers!
2. When your a mom taking a shower is next to impossible.
The plan was to shower during naptime…whether it was the dogs or the beeping, I’m not for certain, but naptime got cut short! I know I’m probably a bad mom for doing this, but I left her in her cage with her toys and the t.v. on. I showered anyways. I had to. I can’t remember the last time I’ve showered…or brushed my teeth for that matter…BrrrrrrrUhhhtttttttttsssssssLaaaaaaaBrrrrrrrrrrAhhhhhhhhEeeeeeee……That is what I heard the whole time. I was showering like I was in a showering marathon, but Little Bit was highly agitated. She makes these strange noises when she gets past the crying. I know it’s sad, but I really needed to shower.
So, the title is of this post is Where are all the Mother’s At, because I’m just wondering what other moms do all day. I feel like I’m super busy and I’m getting a lot accomplished, but I want to use all my time wisely. I want to treasure every moment, and have lots of teaching opportunities.
She usually wakes up at 7, 7:30, if I’m lucky. We head straight to the potty. I make her breakfast, clean her up. Try to eat something myself. Go back to the potty after breakfast. Put on some clothes. Turn on a load of laundry. Play in the living room. Do some dishes. Feed the dogs, birds, turtles, fish. <<if they are lucky. Make sure everyone has water. Naptime varies. Sometimes we do lunch first, sometimes we nap first. Naps range from one hour to three, depending on the neighborhood and our dogs (see #1 of this post). Get up and go potty. Play with daddy. We usually go outside for a while. Take a walk. Have a playdate. Go to the park. Start supper. Fold some clothes. Eat supper. Watch an episode of t.v. Bath time. Brush teeth. Bible study time. Bed by 8:30.
Even though our day is jammed packed, I want to make sure I’m using the time we have together to teach her. I need fun ideas. She’s just a toddler, but I know she can learn so much!
Some of the things I love about Little Bit.
1. When she is trying to go to sleep she whispers to herself. Also, if she wakes up in the middle of the night she will do this before she falls back to sleep. I wish I knew what she was saying. It sounds like alien talk.
2. When I hold her and she is cuddling with me, she will lay her head on my shoulder and pat my back. Not sure if she’s patting me to sleep or if they are little love pats. It’s the sweetest thing EVER!
Things are going great. We are trying to have a routine. I can tell she is used to us now. She is trying to push her boundaries. She is feeling us out and seeing how far she can go. We’ve had a couple tantrums. We sorta just ignore her when she’s doing that. She’s usually sitting or laying down in a safe place. She gets over it after a few minutes. She doesn’t understand time out. It’s really hard, because she wants me to hold her and carry her around all the time. I don’t want her to think she is the boss, but I know she needs reassurance that we will always be there for her. She hates it when I leave the room she’s in. If I go get a diaper while she’s on the pot, or some clean clothes for her from the other room. She screams and cries and wants me to take her with me.
How do you deal with tantrums?