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Monday, August 22, 2011

Dear Olive,
It was a funny old weekend that was. We had no plans, and now that I'm no longer working full time, I didn't feel the urgency to cram our weekend with endless socialising and fun. But, in the end, it was probably a teeny bit boring. And I'm not sure if it was a rebellion against the slow weekend, or the terrible two's arriving a few months early - or a combination of both - but you've been incredibly full on. Tantrums at everything and nothing. You want it all done to your specific and exhaustive requirements, immediately. Just getting you dressed is turning into a loathsome task, often ending in a wrestle after negotiations fail. It's beyond exhausting. I'm trying to meet your frustration with gentle patience. But it's hard. And I think it's fair to say I've failed miserably on many occasions. I took myself off to an afternoon film yesterday, thinking the break would renew my strength for the upcoming week where Shane's going to be working some long hours and it'll just be me and you and your will home alone. And I think it worked. We had a marvellous morning singing at rhyme time at the library, followed by a delicious treat that's become something of a ritual for us, of a sausage roll* and sauce (the treat, of course, being mostly in the sauce - more sauce Mummy!), from the health food store. More mornings like this, please.







*spinach & cheese roll. But who would know what was in it with that much sauce.

11 comments:

Lila said...

I thought I'd dodged the terrible twos with my first two but they went through the tantrumy threes instead, either way it sucks. Hopefully Miss Olive was just having an off day or two. I adore the pic of her cleaning her hands, so delicate and cute.

alex sunday said...

these photos are lovely! cool outfit, olive. now be nice to your mum. :)

Francesca said...

she knows what she likes! my boys love dipping, they could live on things dipped in various sauces. gus used to be a pain at home but really happy out. so we found lots of groups to join and that's how we got though the frustrated patch...until the next one! x

fast times in m├╝nchen. said...

I hear ya sista. You may be testing your mama Olive but you're oh so considerate cleaning your hands. And totally cute to boot. Now you've given me 'sausage roll' cravings! x
Ps I think E and O have pretty much the same wardrobes. We have that tshirt as well. And let's not mention the cardi...

The Franglaise said...

Oh how I can relate to this post. Tantrums starting in our household too which right now I can more or less handle but I can see it's only going to get worse. Crazy how these little people are already testing us. I think you did well with going to the movies on your own. Dare I say I was quite happy to come into work this morning and leave my little fella with his daddy (though, they are both off to England this week so come Friday I'm sure I'll be begging them to come home and same me from my boring life alone!).

Lizeylou said...

My kids love sauce too ... what is it with the sauce??

I hate to say it but I think my kids where worse at 3 than at 2 (sorry!)

The movies was a great idea and how cute is Olive in these pics!

tea with lucy said...

crazy hey. some days you swear you can't handle another moment of this gig. next day you think being a mum is the best job in the world.

This Simple Life is Rich said...

Oh, Olive, you want your independence so terribly. Hayes does, too. That is where the tantrums and incessant badgering come in. When Mommy says no, it can't reeeeaaallly mean no, right? Well, I feel like I have missed a lot--I crawled under a virtual rock for a while--like I do from time to time.... so glad that you are home now, Kellie...but sad that you are missing out on work. The grass is always a more vibrant shade anyway you look at it when you aren't standing right on top of it, isn't it? That is what I feel like most of the time. (Not to say that where you are standing isn't wonderful-by any means... we can't help but to question the unknowns or what ifs....)
Olive, you are a doll--and I always love your clothes!
xoxoPaula

fifi said...

oh god - we are face down in a rough patch too! thats when reading others are going through a rough patch make it better. i know i have to do that 'be thankful for what you have' thing but FUCK sometimes it just gets crazy :) today i feel OLD and TIRED. at 28? golly. time for a stovetop espresso, get a frock on and enjoy this sunshine whatever mood my kid happens to be in! hope your week gets better......
also - thanks - just found your blog and had a big read. really lovely reading your honest comments.

schorlem├Ądchen said...

oh my how cute does she look please..I love her whole outfit (and also yours in the previous posts :)
thanks so much for your lovely comment, the header is indeed new and you were the first person who noticed :) thanks so much

ejorpin said...

I can not believe Olive is throwing a tantrum over getting dressed when she is getting in to the coolest outfits around! Lucky I am not a mini-person or else Olive's cardigan would be in serious danger of being pinched!

Love these photos, looks like a lovely morning. I'd say something about the tantrums passing and you'll get through it fine and just focus on the wonderful lovely good bits but I haven't been through it myself...(plus I remember a certain sister of mine still throwing tantrums at 18, so...)

 

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