Saturday, April 21, 2007

This isn't what I bargained for.
Well, it finally happened. Logan's first time-out. He's been pulling these little temper tantrum fits here & there for a while, but he's been easily calmed with stern instruction & re-direction. However, that was then. This is now.

Yesterday afternoon, he totally flipped out because I was holding Kitty. He's actually quite jealous of her, especially when she's curled up on my lap. This makes me think that if we were ever to have baby #2, we're in for some big trouble. Logan doesn't like it when Bill & I hug each other either. So, that's what started it all.

He screamed at me like he's never screamed before. A top of the lungs, shrill scream. I picked him up & he continued. I took him to his room for a diaper change, he screamed louder. After attempts at telling him to calm down, giving him a book (which he promptly thew on the floor), I had it. I told him that he was going on time-out & that I would come back & get him in a minute when he calmed down.

I put him in his crib (which I don't intend as using as a regular time-out spot) & left to unload the dishwasher. He calmed down & was back to himself when I came to get him when his time was up.

We went through the rest of our day OK. He was still acting up here & there, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to the park & let him run some of his energy off. He had fun, swinging & playing in the sand & running around. Then he noticed a wagon that another family came to the park in. He ran over & tried to push it around. I told him that it wasn't his wagon & grabbed his hand to lead him back over to the sandbox. He had another foot stomping, screaming melt down. I picked him up & told him that we don't scream like that & it was time to go home. On the way home I thought to myself, "Logan is really being a little pill"!

This morning he's been fussy & throwing more fits. It's really grating on my nerves. I don't know what's up with him, other than he may be entering his terrible two's already. God, if that's the case, this sucks!


Kayce said...

That totally sounds like PJ these days. He's in his time-out spot right now. I hear the terrible twos do typically start during their 2nd year of life, not when they turn two. I believe that right now!

Erin said...

Sounds like Hailey. On her birthday she wanted to play in the play place at the mall and the older kids were almost trampling her so I took her out and she laid face down on the floor right in the middle of the mall and screamed and cried and kicked her legs. My mom's told me she's worried about what a temper she has already since she's just turned 1 and already acts like she's in her terrible 2's. She also hits me if I irritate her, or hits something if it makes her mad! I don't know what else to do to make her mind! So I know what you're going through...
She also hates it when Dan and I hug.

Anonymous said...

This stage is so not fun. Ava has been doing the same thing and has been receiving time out's as well. I have her play pen set up in the living room and thats what I use to put her in.

Anonymous said...

The time-out thing never worked for us. Both boys would just continue to cry and scream until they made themselves sick. Fun.

Perhaps he was just having an off day. I didn't feel real pleasant today, either.

erica said...


Kira hasn't reached that point yet. When she throws her tantrums (it's usually on or near me) and I firmly pick her up and deposit her away from me, get eye-level with her and tell her if she's going to throw her tantrum she can do it someplace else where I don't have to hear or see it. Then I walk away from her. She calms down within a few minutes and it's back to playing again.

Not quite sure what I'm going to do when she reaches Logan's stage of tantrums. :\

stefanierj said...

The playpen was a great time-out spot for us, too, but the "power" of time-outs probably won't start for a while. At least it was that way for D--it ended up being more of a time out for me, which is even more necessary.

Hang in there. If you can check out "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" by Harvey Karp. You might find it comforting to read--we loved it and it really helps us stay grounded when it seems like the temper tantrums will go on forever.