Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Darling Youngest Child

Its been over an hour. I sit typing and listening to the darling youngest of mine continue to cry and whine. It started at Auntie Kristin's house. Little Madelyn started into one of her all-to-frequent melt downs. The discipline did NOT work and the fit continued so we loaded up rather abruptly and came home. On the way to the car, I was carrying her, kicking and screaming this hideous scream. I was so embarrassed. At least she wasn't screaming "this isn't my mommy." I was just waiting for someone to call 911 to report a kidnapping.

To her room she went while the others got to take baths and have ice cream. Still wimpering and whining. Thought she was out but noooooo, still awake, still crying. WHAT DO WE DO!??!!!

Doug and I seem to be at a loss. None of the others were like this. At all. She seems to be unbreakable. I'm determined to win this battle, but I'm wondering how long this "stage" is going to take. Its been a good year/year and a half maybe. Any/all advice will be considered. :) I told my mom tonight that I just know she's going to be a great adult.... a really strong willed, determined, world-changing adult. In the meantime....

Oh, wait. What do I hear now? Why its laughter coming from her bedroom. And just like that, the switch has been flipped. Its a good thing I am her mother, because I would probably have to leave her in the grocery store or something. ARRGGGHH

5 comments:

Julie said...

Oh Delena, I feel your pain... isn't this the lovely side of parenting? :) ha! I don't have any ground breaking advice... just be consistent, and eventually they have to grow out of it (right? please???) -- I do remember my Mom saying "You have a very strong will. And a strong will is not a bad thing, as long as it is directed correctly." -- Oh Lord direct their wills towards you!
~ Julie

Dawn said...

I'm so sorry you had such a rough time today. I wish I knew all the answers to parenting but I don't- we have quite a few challenges at my house also. You and Doug are great parents.

Wentworth Family Blog said...

I am glad it's not just me. My three year old is right there with Madi, major meltdowns!!!!! Hang in there.

Melissa said...

well....if you just do this: (i got nothin') Would that I could come up with "The Answer"....

As sorry as I am, I sort of love that my kids aren't the only ones who freak out to such embarassingly embarassing levels. (one day when I was giving Chan the 'STERN TALK' at the grocery store he said, "I'm going to report you". He meant it in the Luke Skywalker sort of way....I took it as the CPS sort of way)

Queen Mimi said...

Well....this proves it. Maddy is a Middle child for sure! She is sounding more and more like my Melissa. She would just collapse in the middle of Walmart kicking and screaming. Once, I just let go of her and let her lay there on the floor. People stared at me. I was embarassed for a moment, and then I just stood over this adorable 3 year old and said; Look at all these people staring at you. When your ready to go, just let me know. I had my arms crossed and everything. I expected a standing ovation, but nothing. She did get up, and eventually I think I got her into the car without any physical damage to either of us. Anyways, back to my first part. I'm sure you are going to have another child someday. (I will continue to root for this) BTW, you are an Amazing Mom with a capital A and M. That's like you saying I AM an Amazing Mom! There. Love you D!