Otherwise entitled: Dear Audrey, you better spot some good money to put me in a nice retirement home one day. I earned it! ;)
So Audrey is almost 16 months old and just becoming such a big girl. She can say so many words. "dog, baby, and ball" being her favorite. Her little personality comes out more and more every day and I love every minute of it. She especially loves to sing and dance. Too cute. And with this age comes . . . .OPINIONS and defiance. She is extremely particular about many things. Last week I was trying to put her sandals on her and she just kept shaking her head no. She finally ran over to the closet and pointed to her jellies. Well okay then missy, I guess you can pick out your own shoes!
Every day feels like a new, fun adventure with her and most days I feel like I'm a pretty good mom. Like yesterday, when I bought her a MagnaDoodle and we spent all afternoon drawing together. Or this morning when we danced to old school George Strait in the kitchen.
But every now and then I have to relearn that being a mom is H.A.R.D. Like this afternoon.
I knew we were in for some trouble when Audrey woke up early from her nap. This girl loves to sleep, and when she doesn't get enough it's not pretty. But it was such a nice day outside that I decided we should bust out the kiddie pool. So I went through all of the steps to just get ready for this one activity. swim diaper. check. swimsuit. check. sunscreen. check. towel, water, snacks, flip flops, check check check. We headed outside and I filled up the pool and put it in the best location in the yard. Prime sun spot. Okay Auds, let's hop in!! Um, nope. She wanted NO PART OF THE POOL. She just took off and wanted to throw her bouncy ball around the yard. Mommy FAIL. So we played with her toys for a bit and then her BFF Bridgette came over. Woo - hoo, now the real fun can start! Bridgette loved the pool and so of course Audrey decided to jump in then too. Picture time! I took out my new toy, the iPhone, ready for a cute pic of the girls. Bridgette was leaning over the pool, looking at the grass, and Audrey decided at this moment to become a bully. Yes. My daughter reached over and with one swift push, pushed her friend OUT of the pool. And let me tell you, it was INTENTIONAL. She looked at Heather and I with a look of "yeah, I just did that!" It was heartbreaking to see her act like that. We spent the rest of the afternoon trying to be a better friend, but I think poor little BB is still afraid of Auds. :( Oh, and did I mention that as I saw A pushing B, I freaked out and insinctively reached out to stop it and dropped my phone in the pool! Yeah, so now I can't hear anything on it and will be bringing it into the Apple store tomorrow. Fun times.
So we head inside for dinner. I make her favorite - mac and cheese with peas and carrots. For the first time ever, she just screamed her way through dinner. It looked a little like this: Auds screams and points to her milk. I hand it to her. She takes a sip and throws it on the floor. And screams and points to her food. Which I feed her and then she whines. Lather, rinse, repeat for the whole dinner. At least she ate!
Bath time. Her favorite time of day. Today, not so much. Whines, throws toys, etc. So we go in to read books. She only wants to read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear." Every time I pick up a new book she yells NO. So we read Brown Bear 5 times tonight. She is rubbing her eyes, whiny, etc. All the signs of a sleepy girl. So I put her down, even though it's only 7:00. 10 minutes later, I hear "Moooomeeeeeee!!" And go in to find this . . .
And I didn't even get a tan today.
But, I think she's worth it. ;)