Sunday, July 24, 2011

It Was Epic, Man!

On Friday I witnessed K's first full blown, actual tantrum. And man, it was EPIC! We're talking screaming, kicking, stomping, crying, more screaming. Thankfully it wasn't geared at me or anything but wow, was she FRUSTRATED! We had made towers the day before out of these very cool animal blocks and she was trying to make another tower and it just kept falling. Every time it fell, she would get more and more frustrated and finally she just couldn't take it anymore. Finally I had to carry her to the car to go pick up A from work and I decided to put on Raisins by The Barenaked Ladies because I remember my Sis-in-Law using that song to soothe The Princess when she has meltdowns. And you know what?  IT WORKED!!! We ended up listening to it maybe a dozen times in a row but it was the ONLY thing that would stop her from crying. The second it ended, if I didn't get to the repeat button fast enough, she'd start crying again. I couldn't believe it but there is something magical about that song. I love my SIL! =D

People always say "terrible twos" but I've heard that three is much worse. I believe I read it's due to their desire to be more independent but not always capable of doing what they are trying to do. Anyone who's been through the threes or going through them now have an opinion on that?

Thankfully yesterday when A was letting me sleep in, they decided to use Legos to make towers instead of blocks and that had much better results. Phew!  Here's a picture of the "stage" that she built with Daddy.

And then some balloon twirling had to be done

before it was time for destruction (with some help from Talking Jessie)


  1. I love it! "Raisins" truly is magical. I find myself singing it to The Princess soon as the last verse of whistling ends, I just start the first singing verse again. Sometimes this goes on for half an hour. I don't know what it is about the song, but it really is one of the few things that will even have a prayer of helping when she's in full-out meltdown mode. I'm glad it worked for the Bear as well.

    I'll refrain from commenting on the terrible-two-versus-three thing, because I don't think my experience will really help. :)

    I love you big-time, and I can't wait to see you guys for the Bear's birthday! Hugs and kisses all around.

  2. I feel bad, but it is pretty funny that she got so frustrated with trying to build a block tower. :) Can't wait to see if that carries into her teen years when she tries to do Math!

    Love you!