Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mood swings

After a brief respite, the tantrums have returned.  The Kid is happy as a clam one second and whining/crying/flailing the next.  Tonight we endured a doozy.  We went to the store and he picked out birthday cards for Papa and Auntie Michelle (I'm sure the recipients will enjoy his interesting choices).  And we got in the car and headed for home without complaint.  But as soon as I mentioned that he would have a bath when we got home, he started crying and whining.  Keep in mind that he likes baths so I had no idea that this would cause such a fit.  Based on his repeated whines for "Auntie Shell" and "Papa" and "Biiiiiiiirrrrrthdaaaaay" I realized that he thought we were going to see Papa and Auntie Michelle and have a birthday party.  Darn it.  After several time outs interspersed with more whining and crying, he finally had a fun bath and is now happily getting ready for bed. 

While I don't want to under-sell my hatred of the tantrums, the harder part for me is not holding a grudge.  Once he has a change in activities, he is instantly sweet as pie.  But I'm still reeling from the drama.  I honestly don't know how he changes moods so darn quickly!  I just hope this tantrum phase ends soon because I'm getting whiplash from the mood swings.

2 comments:

Beth September 3, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

Ha ha... Well I have to say it depends on the kids! As you saw at Peggy's birthday even at 6 we can have a nice tantrum. But I think a big part of it is also personality too :) Hopefully Ian's will fade with time. We are not having such luck. Joshua had another big on at back to school night Thursday for his NEW school. Nice first impression. Come to find out today that he has a raging ear infection :( Grrrr... Joys of parenting!

Anonymous September 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

You have to learn to relax about them--they're going to be around until his language gets better developed. It's actually very healthy for him. I think it's amazing that you EVER figured out why he was upset. Remember, patience is a virtue! --love, Mom

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