As you probably read in yesterday’s post, I had the best Mother’s Day imaginable, seriously it was the best. But as the saying goes, after the highs, come the lows. Overnight someone stole my beautiful, well mannered Little Bean and replaced her with a badly behaved, shouty, rude and aggressive little girl.
From the moment I set foot out of our bedroom this morning I was met by a defiant Little Bean who wouldn’t do anything that I asked. I explained to her that we were going to go out this morning to buy presents for Daddy’s birthday. As planned Beanie Boy fell asleep in the car but as we arrived in the car park of the shopping centre, Little Bean shouted at Beanie Boy and woke him up so then he was cranky. Taking them out of the car, Little Bean proceeded to run across the car park (thankfully there were no cars coming but not the point!) so my heart jumped into my mouth.
My Phil & Ted’s double pushchair is out of action again at the moment so I had to allow Little Bean to walk, never a good move when she is in one of her moods. As we walked around the shop, she began pulling items off the rails and then I caught her smack Beanie Boy as I was turned away. I gave her Time Out in the corner of the shop and she apologised and said that she would be good. Within 2 minutes she had pulled more clothes off the rails. I had tried engaging her in what we were doing by trying to play games with colours but she wasn’t interested. I decided that this was obviously not the day for shopping so I put them both in the car and went home. The minute that Little Bean realised we were heading home, she began crying and over and over and over again she SCREAMED – “I want to be a good girl” for the entire 30 minute journey. I felt very proud of myself because I didn’t let her screaming get to me, I just stayed very calm and listened to the music because if I had tried to speak to her, she would have screamed more.
When we arrived home, the shouting and screaming continued, dinner was a disaster and so I sent her to bed. Again she the screaming continued for another 10 minutes until finally, SLEEP! I’m hoping that she wakes up in a better mood because I now have a raging headache and feel totally exhausted.