Filed under: baby's progress,moments — by Lauren on July 27th, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

Tantrums and fits of crying are on the rise here – not surprising, as Anya nears her second birthday.  We’re trying to use a lot of the techniques you might read about when approaching these kinds of behaviors, including reflecting what we see and labeling emotions.  Tonight when I was helping Anya brush her teeth she got pretty upset because when she wouldn’t cooperate I made her lie down on my lap.  She kept fighting me while screaming, “Sit up!  SIT UP!”  When I finished, she was still crying, so I said to her, “You didn’t like it when I made you lie down.  You were mad at me!  Mad mad mad!”  She calmed down and we talked a little about how if she doesn’t open her mouth, I can’t brush her teeth, and then she can’t have a turn to do it herself like a big girl, blah blah blah.

Later, as I was putting her to bed, we went through our usual back and forth about how many books I was going to read (because if she had it her way, I’d read every book she owns – TWICE).  When I said that we were not going to read But Not the Hippopatomus because we’d already read two books and that it was time for her goodnight songs, she started to cry and tried to grab the book.  I told her she could go into the crib right now instead of music, so she yelled, “NO!” and sat back down but continued to cry.  Then she turns to me and says, “I crying.  I MAD!  Anya’s mad!” 

OHHHHHH, so hard not to laugh!

It’s good to know that she listens, though, and I was then able to go through the whole “You wanted to read another book and I said no, so that made you mad, that made you angry” thing.  She did finally go to bed easily and without tears after one more quick run to the bathroom.

7 Responses to “MAD”

  1. Lex Says:

    10:42pm: Lauren: “I’m coming right up to bed.”


    posted by Lauren on July 27th, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  2. Lauren Says:

    Lex! I didn’t know you joined the blog police. Congratulations!

  3. Amnesty Says:

    LOL, that is so cute! Daisy always says, “I crying! Daisy’s eyes crying!” just in case we hadn’t noticed. She’s also been showing us her happy, sad, mad, surprised etc faces and asking us to copy them too.

  4. Lauren Says:

    That’s very cute! Anya will also say, “I crying big tears. I’s VERY sad!”

  5. Jamie Says:

    I can’t wait until Ethan starts talking so well and I can have conversations with him like this! Too fun!

  6. Erica Says:

    We just started signing emotions as Nevan has been very frustrated lately. Hopefully that helps level out the frustration. Norah has started saying “Nenin sad.” Its so cute!

  7. Lauren Says:

    Jamie – I’m sure you get annoyed hearing this, but it’ll be soon enough and then you’ll long for the quieter days 🙂 It is nice to be able to understand what’s going on in Anya’s mind, though.

    Erica – That’s great! I gave up teaching Anya new signs when I couldn’t keep up with her spoken language, but she still uses a few of the ones she knew, especially when she’s super-excited (MORE!!!!!!!). We’ve been reviewing them lately so that way she’ll be able to sign with the baby.