Weekend mood swings- April 15, 2012

Like all parents who work outside the home, our weekends are sacred.  It’s our chance to catch up with our growing child.  Two full, uninterrupted days of family time.

We ate cupcakes. (Yeah, I had Gigi’s for the first time and it changed my life)

We hiked around the lake.

And…Greyson got in Charlotte’s wagon with Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

So overall it was a great weekend.  Charlotte did have her moments, however.  You know what I’m talking about.  Periods of inconsolable, toy throwing, snot nosed, tear-filled tantrums that no amount of food nor Sesame Street can end.  It’s a side effect of toddlerhood we’re dealing with on a daily basis.  I have a terrible confession…

At one point during a tantrum I thought, “I want to take her to daycare!”

Oh my God!  I did NOT just think that!  I was horrified and guilt ridden.  Usually I dread Mondays when I have to leave my babe during the day.  I get sad during lunch breaks when I see Stay-At-Home moms out at restaurants with their tots.

But, I was at my wits end.  I was hoping someone else would take a crack at getting through to my child.  Her teachers at school are just the ones to do it.   I actually got excited about going to work and that’s not just because I like my new job.

Later tonight after she had a fully belly and had calmed down she said “Mama! Mama! Mama!” over and over.  In my ears it was like a little songbird from heaven was singing with the angels.  I thought, “That’s it!  I’m pulling her out of daycare so I can be with her all day!”

I have as many mood swings as my toddler.

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One Response to “Weekend mood swings- April 15, 2012”

  1. Katie says:

    I’ve had that same mood swing so many times! I’ve been toying with quitting my job and joining the SAHMs. Then Spring Break happened and I was at home with the boys and was reminded about how confounding it can be when tantrums arise from no where. We’re also in this new phase where my boys try to systematically kill each other. John will be teetering around– he’s still very unsteady and rarely walks without holding onto something– and Will will just nonchalantly walk by, stick out his hand, push his brother to the floor, and continue walking as if nothing’s happened. Conversely, John will be playing with a toy car or something, will see Will lying on the couch or reading or being otherwise quiet, and John will go over to his brother and pound him in the face with the car, then crawl off like nothing’s happened. So I spent most of my “break” refereeing and difusing tantrums and by the end of the week, I was ready to go back to work– except as I dropped them off, like you, I didn’t want to leave. Motherhood is weird. I can’t live with these guys sometimes but I can’t live without them. Furthermore, I’ve got to deal with the fact that when one of the boys beats up the other, I secretly want to laugh.

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