Thursday, February 3, 2011

That was a first. . .

Probably not the last. . .

And that's not a good thing.

Maddy had her first true meltdown temper tantrum in public today.  We had just finished a nice shopping trip to Old Navy and were in a book store where I was trying to use my gift card.  I let her out of her stroller to walk around because she was getting restless.  She had one of her dolls with her and was holding it while looking at the shelves of books.  Then some lady comes over and shows her a stuffed bear in her bag.  Great.  Maddy loves nothing more than stuffed animals.  She gets all giddy and excited.  Then of course, the lady has to go.  She waves bye and walks off.  Maddy starts the waterworks, back arching, hitting, kicking, etc.  It doesn't last long ( a few seconds really) and I get her distracted. 

The fit of all fits came when I had to put a book back on the shelf that she had removed.  All hell broke loose.  The screaming.  OMG! The screaming!  That girl can be so loud. I realize at this point, I will not be getting a book today.   I'm trying to carry her with one arm and push the stroller with the other.  People are staring and I am laughing.  I didn't know what else to do.  It was a pretty ridiculous sight.  It took all my strength just to hang on to her. 

We finally get to the car and then I had to wrestle her into the straps on the car seat.  She is thrashing about and screaming.  Surprisingly I stayed calm.  I guess that's what 12 years as an elementary school teacher gets you.  She'd get one arm free, I'd try again.  Over and over in what felt like an eternity although was probably more like five minutes.  I finally get her strapped in and it's when I'm putting her stroller in the car I loose it.  I felt like crying myself.  Bad, bad flashbacks of her colic days. 

Sure we've had fussing and some crying before, but nothing like this at home or out.   It was a perfect storm scenario for sure. We have just started one nap a day for the past week.  Usually around 11:30.  That's been hard enough for her. Now one of her eye teeth is coming in.  Teething equals no sleep for Maddy.  She was pretty restless last night.   So we had a grumpy, teething, sleep deprived baby who got something taken from her and threw a major fit. 

On a different note.  I got my IUD yesterday.  I was dreading the insertion.  I don't know what I was worried about.  It didn't hurt anymore than a pap smear and hardly any cramping.   I guess it takes a few months to see lighter periods.  Can't wait!