Because I use my blog as a journal of my life with my boys, it's only fair that on top of the good and the bad, I also mention the ugly.
Ugly = temper tantrums.
Where do babies learn how to throw tantrums? It isn't as though they witness their father and I throwing them. Okay, sometimes Justin may throw one if his fantasy football team isn't doing well, but I digress.
Last night, Luke threw the mother of all temper tantrums. Aunt Danielle was over and bore witness to the event. *Speaking of Aunt Danielle, Nolan can say "Dan elle." I was so excited when I first heard it!* She looked at me in horror and said "Jen, what is wrong with him? Do something!"
I calmly smiled at her and said, "there's nothing that I can do. I don't want to feed into it." The little guy didn't even have a tear in his eyes, but he was yelling and throwing himself on the floor (so dramatic...like his momma.)
It isn't as though he has a temper tantrum all too often, but when he does have one, he REALLY has one. I think that the cause of last night's incident was sleepiness. He was overly tired, but didn't want to be in his crib. I didn't force him to and brought him into the living room with me to watch DWTS, but he was not having it. There was nothing I could to to make him happy, so I sat beside him on the floor while he was being a little diva.
He must have gotten a good night's rest because he woke up this morning with a big ol' smile on his face.
Nolan hasn't thrown a major tantrum yet (is it wishful thinking to say that I hope he never does?), but I can't imagine what it would be like if they both did this to me at the same time.
I need to reach out to some twin mommas to see how they handle situations like this. I don't want to give too much attention to the tantrum-thrower while ignoring his brother. I've made it a point to hug and cuddle the baby who isn't crying because 1) I'm happy he isn't crying; and 2) I don't want him to feel as though he needs to behave like this for attention.
Whoever said this parenting thing was easy?