Perhaps she's working on more teeth...
Maybe it's growing pains...
Oh, I know, she's bored... obviously she needs new toys.
Am I not giving enough spankings?
These are my thoughts every time Ava whines. And, while I don't want to beat a dead horse (ew, what a weird saying...) I need to vent again about this. Because... it's gone from bad to worse and all the while this momma is feeling like a capital F, Failure. :(
In the morning when she wakes up she hollers for "Dat" or "Momma". We cheerfully go in expecting some huggin's and kissin's - but rather, we are greeted with a glare face, frumpled brow and a little girl running to the furthest back corner of her crib to avoid us. And yes, I have cried about this. Some mornings we just take her out anyway and distract her into being happy with tickles and silly voices, and some mornings I just turn the light back off and leave her in there until I hear happy noises. No use in starting off that way intentionally...
But, to be totally honest. I'm feeling so defeated by this stage. AND SHE'S ONLY 1! 80% of the day is filled with whining or crying or direct disobedience. Gone are the days of playing nicely - Oh wait, we never had those. And, she wants to be outside all the time... which is great, only, our yard is in huge disrepair right now and so thats not always an option.
I've gotten over the red-faced slight humiliation thing when this happens in public. I've learned to just leave if it starts up (Thanks Kristi!) and I am seeking wisdom and ideas from anyone who wants to share. But, my heart feels sad today. And its raining...which means another day inside. I just put Ava back to bed because the fit-throwing is just out of control. So, I'm going to go rest in the Word and refresh.
I'd love your ideas on mothering in these situations.