I was THAT mom today at the park
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|Tue, 04-21-2009 - 4:08pm|
...and it was awful. The weather today is sunny and beautiful, which is really rare for us this time of year. I took R&E to the park. I had Elliot in his ergo carrier which makes wrangling Robert a challenge. I shoulda known better because Robert got up too early this am, but when it was time to go he had a total and complete NUCLEAR meltdown. The running away, the writhing in the wood chips, the screaming NO! the whole shebang. To my credit I kept my cool, but it was.not.pretty. Some mom came over and offered to help saying she's been there, but I said no I'll just be carrying him at this point, which I did, barely, as he was writhing under my arm. If I were an observer, I would've assumed I was witnessing a toddler abduction. And a poor choice of toddler at that.
Robert normally has difficulty leaving a playground. I swear to GOD I've tried the polite warnings (we need to leave in 5 min), the Toddler Time (we're leaving after we use the swing), the carrot, the stick the begging and crying NOTHING makes his leaving easy. He gets maniacal as the time approaches. He wanders frenetically...its totally maddening. How bad is this, today I was thinking "I'm never bringing him to a park again. I can't handle the exit!" I feel like a total LOSER! Robert is hard, much harder than my older kids ever were. I never had to put so.much.thought into everything. We can leave zoos, indoor playgrounds, preschool coop, stores, just not the park. Anyone interested in fixing my toddler, or fixing me a drink..?