Let's set the scene:
It's 9:51 PM and I'm methodically picking the M & Ms out of the trail mix bag I'm eating in bed because dinner feels like 2 days ago and if today's teething is any indication, I could be up a lot tonight and will need fuel. I'm thinking what I'm going to post on the blog for Thursday morning and it's tough. I mean, this week has been hit after hit. I whined about my dentist appointment (on two different occasions no less), talked about our mass food consumption, and my mom uniform. I just don't know how you follow that up.
So let's talk about parenting or my pathetic attempt at it with my 17 month old teenager.
First of all, I think I've mastered the whisper yell. If you're a parent, I'm positive you know what this is. Imagine "Olivia Kathleen, get back here and get that other kid's sippy cup out of your mouth" and "Olivia, do NOT touch that cigarette butt" but all in a fierce whisper.
The sass lately is out of control and when she has an audience it's particularly good. I'm mostly using the techniques of ignoring tantrums, tolerating her being sprawled out on the floor of TJ Maxx, and pretending I don't hear the "noooo mama no no no no no" coming from the backseat. This is equally for the preservation of my sanity as it is to avoid giving her attention for her dramatics. But seriously. When do you start the serious parenting? When does time out become a thing?
I will say, though, that her little personality shocks and delights me daily. She never met a hair brush or mirror she didn't like and regularly sits down on my bathroom floor and shakes her feet at me so I'll paint her toes. Vain much, Olive?
As for me, I simultaneously feel like I have the patience of a saint and might lose my mind if I don't get a serious chocolate fix, all in the span of an hour. No wait, a minute.
Nutella crepes. Manna for toddler mamas everywhere.
Oh, and thanks, thanks, and thanks again for all your mom style input yesterday. I did forget to mention my mega love of maxi dresses and that fact that you're all infinitely more stylish than me. I'll be stalking you all on Pinterest shortly to see what you're pinning so I can copy you.