Welcome to the World of Tantrums


You guys, this past weekend, Olive had her very first, out of control, hold no prisoners, epic toddler tantrum. The first, ever.

It completely came out of nowhere – I mean, I thought the day was going pretty well. But what do I know?

We had just finished lunch, and were cleaning up and playing a bit, when I told her that I had to change her diaper and it was time for nap. By the way, in case you don’t know, we do the same thing every day. Every damn day. Meal, Clean, Play, Diaper, Nap. So she knew what to expect, she knows the drill. But that day, she wanted nothing to do with it.

She started to make me chase her to get her to the changing table.

She decided that diapers are the devil. She did not want one on at all.

She then decided that she was going to act like the devil and scream and cry SO loud, that she gave herself inconsolable hiccups. Which made her even angrier, so she cried harder.

There was planking, there was back arching, there was clawing; oh she did it all.

This entire episode lasted about 15-20 minutes. I eventually was able to calm her down and get her into bed for her nap.

Olive is usually a pretty mellow child; so this tantrum really caught me off guard. Is this a preview for what the “Terrible Twos” are going to be like? I’M NOT READY, WORLD, I AM NOT READY.

On a related note – I downloaded 3 parenting books to my Kindle last night. Needing all the help I can get, obviously.

Calling all veteran moms – what do you guys do when your child loses her mind? Have you found a particular method or tactic that stops the crazy, fast?

Hope your weekend was as eventful as mine!

7 thoughts on “Welcome to the World of Tantrums

  1. momocular

    Yikes! Sounds like quite an adventure.
    When my kids lose their minds I pretty much just go into another room (if the situation allows it). Wish I had a magic trick, but I don’t. Sometimes it works to start telling a story to my younger son about a kid who’s having the same frustrations he is . . . sometimes, but not always. Or even often. But sometimes.
    Looking forward to reading more!

  2. Katie Mere

    Sometimes I don’t think they even know why they are throwing a fit. I find that if I tell my 20 month old daughter to stop and she doesn’t, the best thing I can do is walk away and not give her the attention she wants. She usually stops pretty quickly when she realizes she’s being ignored. Hang in there! :)

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