Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Terrible 1's?

Amelia and I met Hillary for lunch today! She is pregnant with her first baby and I'm so hoping it's a girl!! She finds out on Thursday. :) We met at Panera Bread. I seriously love their mac-n-cheese. Delicious. Towards the end of the meal, Amelia decided she was over it. She didn't want her yogurt on a spoon, she wanted to suck it out of the yogurt tube. She didn't want to sit in her highchair. She didn't want to sit in my lap. She did the whole arching of the back thing and started crying. I was mortified. She has never acted like that in a restaurant. I'm praying that it was due to the fact that we skipped our morning nap...but either way, it was embarrassing! Hillary assured me that she had seen worse fits in her life, but I still don't want to be THAT Mom with THAT child. The one that ruins every one's meal around them. The one that lets their child run around the restaurant because they won't sit in a highchair. I'll honestly leave the restaurant before that happens.

After lunch, we headed to the Toggery to try on some shoes. I had to unstrap her from her stroller, so she could stand up to be fitted for the shoes. Before I could even get her out of the stroller, she started arching her back, crying, and sliding herself out of the stroller! At this point, I'm whispering "Jesus take the wheel...Jesus take the wheel." I feel like she's too young to take to the bathroom and spank. She would forget what she had done before we even got to the bathroom. I did swat her diaper and say "NO" very firmly. She started crying and the elderly lady near us began to say, "oh, poor baby girl." Poor baby girl nothin'. Poor Mommy! We finished trying on shoes, left the store, and I promptly called her Daddy to tell him what HIS daughter was doing in public. I just can't believe it starts at one year old. At home I have no problem disciplining her, but in public - I panicked! I just don't want an adorable, misbehaved child. Misbehaved is not cute.

Heaven help.

We took these pictures today.



Don't let that cute face fool ya.



Amelia, I love you with all my heart. Which is why Proverbs 13:24 will now become our life verse. (LOL!)



Parenting is hard.

Love to all,

21 comments:

Jen said...

My kids probably rubbed off on her. I'm sorry. :( It is so hard sometimes, isn't it?! I totally understand how you feel... it really does get better - just about the time you add another baby into the mix! Ha! Parenting really is the HARDEST job ever. Love you.

Kristen said...

She is SO incredibly precious...I am afraid to tell you this, but this will happen many more times especially from the age 18 months-3....she is so beautiful. I love her pics. Sorry I haven't posted a comment in awhile...my kiddos keep me busy.

i hope you have a better day & I agree. parenting is hard.

Momx6 said...

It is hard! But she will learn quickly the difference in being in public and at home, and take advantage. They are so smart! :) Praying for you...and her!

Shannon said...

Cracking up over her life verse! Hahahahaha I'm not looking forward to this! We might never go out in public. Haha

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

I cannot believe this reprot:))

Lauren & Eddie said...

I am SO glad that I'm not the only one! My boy is a few days older than Amelia (his birthday was the 20th) and all of a sudden we're facing this, too! Almost temper tantrums! I'm wondering where my mild-mannered little boy went!

Mandy Peterson said...

Too funny! I appreciate your honesty, though. I believe that she is really well-behaved most of the time and absolutely adorable (who can refute that?), but this is still real life. Josiah is the same way. He is one of the best kids I've ever had the joy of being around. But he's not perfect by any means. And he will arch his back and scream and collapse to the floor if he doesn't like you telling him "no". I know that he's learning to express himself, but he's also going to learn that momma's in charge!

Ashley said...

Aw, Jill! You are such a great mom and I know she is such a sweetie! Anyone would see your child doing that and know how it feels! (I may not have one of my own yet, but I have nannyed for many a summer!) I am sure disciplining is hard, though. I need to learn from you pro moms! : )

Anonymous said...

I hope she doesn't act that way when we go to lunch :) LOL. JK...Atleast she isn't walking away from you in the store and you have to page them overhead when you are ready to leave...- Nat

Deidre said...

Goodness, that stage is precious, but hard :) Oh, I should say that Target has the cutest baby flats to match that cute dress! Check them out.

Stephanie said...

I totally know what you are talking about Willie as we speak is throwing a fit because he can't have some goldfish! I feel like such a mean mommy! I hope it gets a little easier soon?!

Jenna said...

I'm cracking up over the end of your post! Will it help if I say it gets easier? B sometimes still melts down but it got better as he got older and was able to "tell" me what he was mad about or wanted!! =D

Court J said...

I would have to agree with Kristen. One's are kinda hard, two's were good for me & three's are challenging! Raising children is tough, but someone has to do it.

Ashley said...

Oh my! Sounds like some of our episodes out! Where in the world did they learn the arching the back trick? Our boys do it too, and we react the same way you did. We refuse to one of THOSE parents too. Han gin there; there will be better days and there will be worse. Hang on to your hats for those worse days. HA! If it makes you feel any better, Brody has learned to bite when he gets mad. Poor Mason has been the recipient of a few too many teeth.

LubsyB said...

We all feel ya', sister! My 2-year-old is a master fit-thrower. :-) You've got the right idea though, and if Amelia learns that you will win, she'll come around eventually ;-) They are definitely capable of controlling themselves. And the best part is, it can't last forever. Someday soon she will be four and y'all will be having ice cream dates and going shopping for hair bows and nail polish. She's seriously one of the cutest little girls ever!

Kym J said...

LOL! Love Lindas' comment! I learned my lesson very early on, and Never stay out during nap time. It's not worth the embarssment and frustration.

Mel said...

HAHA! We went through some challenging weeks right when L turned 1. There was sleep regression and sudden ATTITUDE that I couldn't believe! I started time outs right at a year. I tell her to stop doing something 2 times and warn her she's going to go to time out. It was so funny at first because she didn't really "get it" and she'd just laugh her head off as I was carrying her to the corner. She soon figured it out, though, and now the threat of time out works pretty well. I don't even attempt to "time" it since she's too little and mostly just making her sit there while I ignore her for 30 seconds does the trick. We always talk about it afterwards and how mommy is just looking out for her. They just go through phases... being a mom is so fun!

Katie said...

Parenting IS hard! Wow, I just never knew it was so hard. The good days make it worth it though. ; )

We are in the very thick of it. All your hard work WILL pay off!

Faith said...

I just could not imagine this sweet, precious girl acting up ;-)

You are such a fabulous mother, Jill. I know it cannot be easy at times, but you and Alex are doing such a wonderful job with her. Love you all!

Missy Schranz said...

Howdy, I'm a new follower of yours now. I stumbled upon your cute blog by accident and enjoyed reading it. My husband and I have tried to children, but no luck. Then he was diagnosed with a rare cancer and has to take a chemo drug for life. But I trust in God and love my family, with or without children. I'm glad that your struggle was over and Amelia is beautiful. I love her name. I have a blog, too, so please drop by when you have a chance. I'd love to "meet" you! :0)

God bless,
Missy
http://missyschranz.blogspot.com

Alice said...

Mine started throwing fits at about 9 months old. I would swat a hand sometimes for that but I started very eary taking them to the bathroom to take care of business. They know now that they do not want to go to the bathroom for anything other than what you are supposed to do there.

Before having children of my own I was always wondering why people couldn't control their children. Now I am praying for the Mommy everytime I see it happen in the store. You are a great Mommy but you are right it is not an easy job and you will make mistakes. Don't beat yourself up over doing "maybe the wrong thing". Just do it different next time until it works for your child.