Mop Top is 4 weeks of her 2 birthday, but I have definitely noticed some ‘terrible two’ type behaviours as of late……
However today we hit an all time high on the toddler tantrum spectrum.
She had been really good all morning so I agreed she could have some sweets to eat after lunch. We went to the shops and brought two packs; one for Mop Top and one for my niece Sophie.
Mop Top fell asleep on the way home so I put her straight up when we got in. Not long later she woke, very much earlier than normal. Here was the first down hill step to tantrum city!
I then (shockingly) said she couldn’t eat sweets for lunch, what a horrible mummy, well all hell broke loose. Crying, screaming, snot, tears, noise and more noise. I tried reasoning, persuasion, and even threatening… Nothing but loud noise.
At this point my mum and dad were in the room, whilst Bear and Sophie were still trying to have lunch. There is nothing worse than your parents watching you trying to parent.
After trying to reason with a 23 month old, the only option was time out in her cot to calm down. As you can imagine this didn’t go down well. More screaming, more noise….. Now I’m running out of options.
Thank fully an hour and 15 minutes later (yes I know!!) she seemed to calm down. I got her out of her cot, and she actually ate something that wasn’t sweets. Well she had crisps and a yoghurt but better than sweets surely.
I feel like this is the first of many, but wowzer I need to up my game in the tantrum handling game. It’s funny the emotions parenting brings, one minute I’m rocking motherhood and next I’m close to tears and unable to handle a two year old.
I am currently drinking alcohol and eating chocolate, that’s my coping strategy! Would love to hear your tantrum stories, comment below.
With a free Sunday last weekend, we decided to venture across the water to Old Macdonalds Farm in Brentwood. We’ve never been before as it always seems so far away. But actually we jumped in the car and 35 minutes later we were parked up in the car park ready to go.
So it’s a cross between a farm, a play area, and a theme park. Entrance prices were pretty reasonable especially as I had a £10 off voucher. Peppa Pig was visiting the farm on the Sunday we went, so it was quite busy. There was a range of animals to see your usual farm animals plus some random ones in there too like meerkats, otters, and emus. There were lots of fun little facts on the way round, plus each animal had a feeding area, so the kids could safely feed the animals.
The layout of the farm means that you can see the majority of the animals then go to the other side to go on the rides. Mop top loved the sand pit area, it has different size diggers to play on. There were a few rides Mop Top was too small for but still plenty of other rides and play areas she could play on.
We did see Peppa, but it was pretty much a conveyor belt of small children passing by. Quick picture then move on. We managed to get pretty close to the front of the queue on the first session, but after that the queue was ridiculous for most of the day. And I have to say I probably wouldn’t have waited.
I’d say it’s worth a visit, I can’t see us returning any time soon as we pretty much did it all. When Mop Top is bigger we may return to go on the other rides.
I grabbed a voucher of a leaflet from a local shop, so make sure you get a discount voucher to save you some pennies!
In a few days I have a health visitor coming round for Bears 10-12 month check and have already filled out my ‘is he dong this yet’ questionnaire.
Now I know they are only doing their jobs, but don’t these appointments just make you feel so bloody inadequate as a mother.
Does he have any teeth…. No ‘cue eyebrow raise
Have you stopped giving him a bottle…. No ‘cue eyebrow raise
Does he sleep through….. No ‘cue that eyebrow raise
Eurgghh I can already feel myself getting the lies ready just to please her records.
I have come to the conclusion through experience and my mums knowledgable advice that being a mother is about doing what you can to get through. If Bear wakes in the night, he comes in our bed (blog coming up about accidental co-sleeping), if Mop Top needs milk from a bottle, then that’s ok.
There are so many different guideline that seem to change every month about feeding, sleeping and everything else, it really is hard to keep up. I recently had a conversation with some friends who are due their baby in just a few weeks, about making up bottles. They were so confused about different advice they had been told, and it really is so ridiculous the different opinions out there.
But I think every parent finds their own way of doing things. Every evening we pour boiled water in each bottle and then get the right amount of powder in a little pot ready to mix up when needed the next day. Both of mine have always had room temperature milk. Now this might be different to the next person, but it works for us, and both my babies have been fine with it.
In 5 years time when my little babies are no longer little babies these major hurdles we struggle through right now will be irrelevant and they’ll be a whole other list of things to worry about.
So right now I know my little Bear well enough to know he is doing just fine, despite what the HV may say on Thursday, and we will continue to get through each day the best we can!