Today was by far Ellie’s worst day yet. She behaved awfully all day!
She dumped our a brand new bottle of Mr. Bubble into a clean bath tub after I told her STOP. I just couldn’t to to her quick enough. She poured a bottle of Johnson & Johnson baby lotion all over the bathroom. The list goes on and on. We also have a list of favorite phrases today “STOP TALKING TO ME MOMMY”, “DON’T TELL ME NO MOMMY”, “I NOT LISTEN TO YOU MOMMY”, and the ever popular “I DON’T WANT TO”.
I just don’t understand. As an infant and baby Ellie was so easy and mellow. We could take her to a restaurant and just sit there for hours. She would just watch everyone barely making a peep. We never had issues with her sleeping, eating, or just developing. My husband and I thought we SCORED in the kid department.
Even when she turned a year and was walking, we never had to worry about her “disobeying”. She was definitely more active, but she understood no. If she didn’t stop the first time you asked she more than likely would stop after the second time. Once in a blue moon did we put her in time out, but that always took care of the problem.
At 2 things started to change. I know everyone talks about the terrible 2’s, but it still wasn’t so terrible. When she needs a time out, she’ll sit there like she’s told for two minutes. After time out we talk about why she was there and why she should be a good girl. Easy enough.
Lately she hasn’t been her super sweet self with Daddy and then today it felt like a flood gate opened. We had more time outs than ever before, and tonight when we went to get Golden Spoon, well she had none. A HUGE deal in our family. We sat there and ate frozen yogurt in front of her while she cried “I want ice cream too.” We told her she wasn’t getting ice cream because she hadn’t been a good girl. After that she cried “I be a good girl!!” It was heartbreaking.
Who is this new little person and what did she do with my sweet little Ellie? I feel like a giant failure as a Mommy today. I know that my days at home with her are numbered and I want those to be fun days. I want her too look back on her childhood with good memories of story time, park visits, playing in the pool, and hanging out with mommy. I don’t want her memories to be of missed ice cream cones, yelling mommy, toys taken away, and the bottom stair where she sits for time out. All I want to do is hug her and tell her I forgive her for naugthy behavior. When is it ok to do that?
This picture pretty much sums up her bratty little mood today.
By 8:30 in the morning she had already been in time out three times! ARGH