As usual, Faith hates other children. I keep hoping that today will be the day that she decides to give another kid a chance at being close to her (or make eye contact or something crazy like that), but today wasn't that day. However, she was happy to be pushed on the swings.
|Why are you just standing there? Put me in already!|
|This is boring. Push me higher!|
|Too high! Too high! Wheeee!|
The 9am play date at the park turned into going next door to the air conditioned library for story time. As usual, Faith refused to participate in anything other than getting her hands stamped at the end.
|This is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.|
|Mommy, there is a TEDDY BEAR on my HAND!|
We're on week 4 of the "Faith hates all other children" phase and it's exhausting for me. She refuses to break body contact with me in public and starts hyperventilating if another child gets in her "bubble". Using my 2 years of parenting expertise, I've decided to just act like nothing abnormal is going on and keep taking her places. She's breaking my back with insisting on being held all the time and pulling at my neck even when we are sitting in story time, but staying home with her all the time doesn't seem like a good idea, mostly because how will I know when the phase ends? Plus, she used to LOVE story time and do all the activities, so that gives me hope that we'll get back to that eventually.
When no one is around to suffer her whining, I will refuse to hold her and make her walk. It's like playing chicken, but so far I've been winning because she seems to believe my threats of leaving her to live at the library while I go home alone. She always stops fussing and decides to walk 5 paces behind me like a good Saudi wife.
Faith starts her "Mother's Day Out" program next month (1 day a week, 9am-2pm) and I have dreams of fixing this issue before then, but I do know enough to not actually expect her to function on my schedule. I foresee a lot of "Uh, you're going to have to come get your...child. We can't calm her down" calls from the teachers.
Ideally, I could just get one of these things for Faith like I did for Peanut:
|I'm such a sucker for new products|
Peanut has thunderstorm anxiety, so I finally broke down and ordered this for her. We had storms tonight and so far, I'm a huge fan of this thing. Plus, it gives her some sweet neck muffin top:
|It's a good thing she doesn't know that everyone laughs at her|
The "Thunder Shirt" works just like a swaddle for a baby and helps reduce anxiety. Normally Peanut wants to sit ON me and shake violently during storms, but right now it's thundering and she's just sleeping next to me, totally zen.
|Is that thunde.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz|
Maybe if I could swaddle Faith for story time, she would be calmer about other kids getting close to her? I should test this out and come out with my best selling product: Toddler-ease! Takes the terrible out the twos! I should probably work on that name.
Since I didn't run outside at all, I did my whole run on the treadmill and I completed 6 miles. I actually only had to walk for a little bit today, so that made it easier to go that far on the treadmill. My attention span is time based, not distance based.
How long can you stay on the treadmill before you cry uncle?