Sunday, February 04, 2007

Our new child...

Let me introduce to our newest addition to the Henderson family...Nora, the little girl who throws tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants. Here she is after I have taken her Cheerios away from her. Now, let me tell my side of the story...she had already consumed a TON of them and I was trying to clean up, so I removed them from her hands and she went crazy! I didn't give in and give them back to her, no, I just grabbed the camera and started taking pictures.

She is so upset that she collapses on the floor and continues crying there. Even at this point, I don't feel sorry for her, I just keep thinking about how when she is older, she will look at these pictures and laugh.
She's back up!!!!! Hoping that I have changed my mind and will give her back her Cheerios. She doesn't know me very well apparently...who does she think she inherited her stubborn streak from?
Finally, she locates her milk (only sitting inches away from her the entire time...but she was too distraught to find it) and everything seems to be fine now...well, for the next few minutes anyways.

Seriously though...calling all veteran moms...what should I do? This is not the first time this has happened. Usually when it does happen, it involves food (she does not like when she is done eating), but it also happens when I am changing her diaper, putting her in the car seat, and changing her clothes. My sweet baby girl of last week has surprised me with this new side to her personality. I always knew it was coming, but I figured I had a whole other year before it started. She will be one in 19 short days and already she is "testing" me.


My method so far has been to ignore her and not give in to her tantrum (i.e. give her back her cereal, not change her diaper, leave her unclothed). I realize that she is still a baby and might not understand that, but I figured, the sooner I start that, the better. Right? For those of you who have had to deal with this, what have you done and has it worked? I really appreciate any advice I can get!

8 comments:

parks said...

I know the feeling. Josie turns 3 tomorrow and we have definitely had our share of meltdowns. I do ignore and still go on with whatever she is not wanting. It will get better. Just wait until she can tell you what she is feeling! Josie is quite the talker! But they are still so sweet!

parks said...

I forgot to sign Amy and to tell you the pictures are great!!

Dallas said...

Amy, first of all I CANNOT believe that Josie is going to be 3! Time sure does fly! Second of all, glad to know that you use the same "technique" for meltdowns. And lastly, do y'all have a blog? I clicked on your name and got nothing. If you do, let me know the address!

Sara said...

The Golden Age (5 months-12 months)is almost over! We have had our fair share of tantrums. Like Amy said, it gets better. Laura's high maintenance whiny age peaked around 15 months (when she was fully mobile) and continued until past the age of 2. She does so much better now at the ripe age of 2 1/2.

We ignored her tantrums and try to "re-direct" to a new distraction.

Tesney said...

I just beat Clayton anytime he cries. I figure he doesn't understand right now, but he has to learn somehow......JUST KIDDING! I have no advice, just wanted to say that Nora is so cute in those pictures even though she's having a fit. I'll let you learn what to do with tantrums and maybe you can let me in on your secrets in a few months.

Julie said...

Bailey has been doing the exact same thing for several weeks. I do what you do, just ignore the behavior. He has even thrown a tantrum in public and it has been very tempting to give in...but so far I have stood my ground. Good Luck!

Supabloggasuprememama said...

stay strong! those pics are hilarious. I am the same way, though Iam having problems with giving in...oops. I guess I need to work on that one. Aiden throws himself backwards and does the inchworm on the floor. awesome.

Heather said...

I absolutely love those pictures. They are too funny, especially since I don't have children yet and I don't know how difficult they can be sometimes. Even when they're fussy, they're sooo adorable.

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