From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

All We Need Is A Little Patience July 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:32 pm

Today I found myself getting very frustrated with Henry. He wasn’t listening, was running around trying to hit the cats and I was losing my cool and almost yelled out “You’re a big brother now, you can’t behave like this!” Before the words left my mouth though, I had a moment of pause and stopped myself. I realized in that moment that I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on Henry to grow up, be more mature, listen and be a logical and rational being, and then realizing he’s only 2.

Before Freddy was born, I think I had a lot more patience for this type of behavior but someone with his birth, some part deep down inside of me thought “Well Henry’s not a baby anymore, since Freddy is the baby now” and again, that’s not fair to Henry. He’s at such an important age developmentally. His brain and body are going 100 km/h, he’s learning a bunch of stuff daily. Why should I put the added pressure of expecting some type of adult like behaviour on top of that?

I looked at him after having this thought and realized, yes he might be 2, but he’s still my baby as well. He needs me to be patient and understanding of what he’s going through. He can’t communicate everything he’s feeling now so I have to up my effort in trying to help him express what he’s feeling. Sure there will still be plently of time outs and me losing my cool occasionally, but I have to try for his sake to remain calm.

Deep Breath….

This is my attempt at a modeling career pose...

This is my attempt at a modeling career pose… but I’m also kind of mad at you.

Now I'm definitely mad because you're forcing me to show my potty training stickers when all I want to do is relax and watch the muppets on the ipad you just took from me.

Now I’m definitely mad because you’re forcing me to show my potty training stickers when all I want to do is relax and watch the muppets on the ipad you just took from me.

 

One of Henry's very rare standing still moments at the park.

One of Henry’s very rare standing still moments at the park.

 

This toy has been a godsend for distracting Henry when he gets worked up. It's basically a rocket that he steps on and it goes flying. He loves it.

This toy has been a godsend for distracting Henry when he gets worked up. It’s basically a rocket that he steps on and it goes flying. He loves it.

 

Stuff's about to get KRAZY in here...

Stuff’s about to get KRAZY in here…

Henry: Look Mama, I can totally take care of him, why don't you guys go out for dinner or something? Freddy: For the love of God, help me.

Henry: Look Mama, I can totally take care of him, why don’t you guys go out for dinner or something?
Freddy: For the love of God, help me.

 

Did you know I can get an awesome sound out of Freddy's head? What? Why are you yelling at me?

Did you know I can get an awesome sound out of Freddy’s head? What? Why are you yelling at me?

 

 

Alright, I won't drum on his head, I'll just hold him and squeeze him and call him George

Alright, I won’t drum on his head, I’ll just hold him and squeeze him and call him George

 

When all else fails, let toddler run off leash with Ginger to burn off all that extra energy.

When all else fails, let toddler run off leash with Ginger to burn off all that extra energy.

 

 

 

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