It is deceiving isn’t it? This perfect image. As if we’d had the most wholesome family day. Baking gingerbread, making and wrapping gifts, singing carols, potato and leek soup and watching Sound of Music (is that part of most English-speaking family’s holiday traditions?).
Bar the carols we did all of the above, but what these images don’t show you is the absolute, utter meltdown that happened this morning. The meltdown where my kid’s communication was reduced to single syllable grunts for more than half an hour, where I was hit and kicked by a most frustrated and angry toddler. I know, I know this is just part of the frustration of being two almost three, but it still stinks and we still don’t know how to deal with it. It seems to be our only option is to make sure she is safe, stay close, but not too close and wait it out. I have to say my patience is severely tried by the tantrums and the lashing out. Do the parents on the ideal family life blogs deal with such events with an even keel every time? If we had more than one would it be easier? Both seem unlikely.
Just so you don’t think all this imagery a farce, after a nice long afternoon nap, we had a fabulous time sharing our traditional soup and chili night with a few folks, watching Sound of Music and dressing our recycled tree (thanks E & family). I’m pretty excited to see her face tomorrow.