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I was always there, but switched hosts, so ya know…complicated internets.

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Toddler Tantrums and My Fading Patience

I remember walking out of the hospital confused that these medical professionals were entrusting ME to take care of this tiny person. Flash forward one year and I suddenly understand why so many people stop procreating. Kinsey is perfect–I don’t think I have to make that part clear, but I will. I love her. I do. But, we are in a time where every single day is challenging.

To a toddler, taking your iPhone away from them is like cutting off their right arm. Stopping them from climbing over the backside of the couch to their what would be, imminent death is like Chinese water torture. Everything is the end of the freaking world and my day is full of SO MANY CRYING, STUPID, TEARS.

I’ve tried to create an environment where I do not have to say no a lot–because that shit doesn’t work anyway so it’s best to just toddler proof everything so you can go to the bathroom without worrying that your kid will try to climb inside the soot covered fire place. But, we just moved, and there aren’t child safety locks on our kitchen cabinets, so I have the trash can sitting in front of the china cabinets.

I’m so tired of coping calmly with the tantrums. I say “Kinsey, I see that you are upset, but it is unsafe for you to use your body weight to bang on the living room windows while balancing on top of the couch. I’m going to read this book to you, even though you are crying too hysterically to hear the words. Olivia is forming a band, Kinsey! I see that you have now let your limbs go dead, and you are rolling around on the floor like I just shot you in the heart, but I’m going to keep reading about this band in hopes that the band will distract you from the backside of the couch I just pulled you off of for the thousandth time.”

Lord, help me.

I simultaneously love and hate this time. Love that Kinsey is exploring and curious, hate that her curiosity is taking her to the toilet bowl.

How do I get through it?! How? HOW??? HOOOOWWWWWW!!

Bryant asked me if he could get me anything and I said a bottle of vodka and a plate of brownies. I was 100% serious and he just laughed at me.

I don’t even know, right now. I know nothing. Parenting is hard, you guys.

Some Tips on Baby Raising

I am only 6 1/2 months into this, and am not even close to knowing the “best way” on how to do anything. But, in an effort to A) Record what I did with the first baby so that I’m not a total basket case for baby #2, and B) As a way to share my trial and error with anyone who cares to know, I’m going to share a few things that have helped me in the last 6 months.

Tip 1:

At about 6 weeks, I started working on putting Kinsey down for naps. I think I started a little late, because at this point, I didn’t realize that I shouldn’t let her stay awake until she falls asleep. Next time around, I’d like to start at 4 weeks. While a schedule at this time isn’t achievable, putting Kinsey down for a nap after she’d had some awake time helped me evolve this “loose” schedule, into a real schedule.

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