Wednesday, August 11, 2010

And then came yesterday...

And I jinxed us again.

Not only did Gracie have an accident at the park...on the playground equipment...but she had a meltdown of epic proportions last night.

I'm at a loss about this parenting thing.  Just when I think we are making progress, everything falls apart and we take 3 steps backward.  It's enough to drive me to drink...if I drank...but I usually don't.

I just really wish there were an instruction manual that worked.  Everyone has ideas and they are all great, but they only work about 3% of the time.

Graciela and Lucas,
If you are adults and reading this, I was at a serious low point when I wrote this.  You think you had it bad?  I felt like crying at every moment.  If you have kids, you'll feel this way too.  This isn't a threat or a wish that bad things will happen to you.  It is just a fact.  Parenting is hard and toddlers are crazed.  And they drive you to drink alcohol or Starbucks, whichever is closest.

Love, Mommy
I've decided to give myself a bit of a break.  Barnes and Noble is giving free chocolate to people who bring their nooks in.  Godiva and I have a date.

3 comments:

  1. I am sorry you are having such a hard time right now! They will snap out of it soon and in the mean time - Starbuck's is always there for you, and so am I!

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  2. It can be so hard sometimes, can't it! I can tell you what worked for me. Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. Every kid is different and I have learned that what works to get Gracie to train, might not work for Luke. We let Ian and Coop run around naked at home which made them more aware of when they had to go. I did put pull ups on when we went anywhere until I was confident we wouldn't have lots of accidents. It was not easy and C. still has accidents at night and he is six.

    If you want to laugh...Shane just dumped a bowl of goldfish out and stomped all over it. I know have goldfish "confetti" everywhere. I wish i could find a child's size vacuum that works so i could make him clean up his mess.

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  3. This parenting thing is definitely not easy - if you find that fabled manual, please let me know ASAP! In the meantime, I think you are doing a fantastic job. Hang in there!!!!

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