Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pictures from the weekend!

Ok, here are the pictures from Sunday. After you look at them, scroll down and read if you have a minute. I kept the pictures small since there are so many of them.

Dylan on the slip n slide!

The pyromaniacs (haha) setting up the fireworks for later!

Ideally I would have taken these firework pictures with a long exposure. But I didn't have a tripod or anything to rest the camera on. So...yeah. This is as good as they got.

So after Ethan's meltdown on Sunday, Ryan and I had a conversation about it. The boys have a set bedtime each night. 8 pm. Ethan basically has a set nap time. 1 or 1:30 pm. So they are basically on a schedule. It works. Most of the time. Some nights, I can't get Ethan to 8pm without him getting upset. So I put him in his crib and he happily talks to himself until he falls asleep. If he doesn't get some sort of afternoon nap, he is a total mess. I mean he is only 18 months (almost). So yeah, he does need that nap. I get that. Like I said, most of the time the schedule works. But in cases like Sunday where we were out late, it completely backfired on us. Other kids, even one close to his age, were fine. When they got tired, they sat on their parent's laps and watched things. Ethan, was total opposite. Wild and out of control. Am I doing something wrong, that my kid is the one who throws a massive fit? My kid is the one who won't sit down and just be? Honestly. Plenty of other kids can go somewhere and be calm and happy. I am the parent who worries about their kid making a scene. I stress over it. Sunday was just one example. I mean, I don't know what I could do to change any of it. Please though, don't get me wrong. Ethan isn't a terror everyday and every time we go somewhere. There are just times, where I really do worry about it and stress over it. I don't know. I just get more frustrated when other kid's his age can manage to be calm but he can't. I had his pacifier with us so that when he got sleepy, he could use it. He only takes it when he sleeps, so I thought that the paci might help. But he refused it everytime I tried handing it to him. Blah! I know it won't be like this forever, but I'd still like to know what I am doing wrong.


  1. Looks like a lot of fun! We couldn't do sparklers because we're in the middle of a bit of a drought in Houston. ;(

    And, I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Many, many babies (even 18-month old babies!) get cranky if they miss their bedtime...which is why I put my 13-month old to bed at 8:30 on the 4th. ;)

    Carla @ Jansen Family Adventures

  2. Hi, I am following you from Bloggy Moms. You are not alone in the fits. My 3 year old insists (loudly) that he gets his way, no matter where we are. Yesterday it was at gymnastics waiting on my older one to finish his class. Everyone in the building knew we were there. Today he is going to my mom's. Enough said.


  3. You are not doing anything handle things differently and when they get tired some turn into total monsters while others will just knock out. My daughter is 21 months and she is usually pretty calm but there are times when she is exhausted and she fights the sleep and has a total melt down. Don't be embarrassed just do your best to wrap it up and get him home. This is just a stage and it will pass. Hang in are doing just fine. We are moms not magicians.

    K. Bent
    Sassy Smart Moms

  4. Thank you all for the support. Some days are just so rough...

  5. Hi Christina, I'm a Momma to 6 kids and none of mine handle things the same way. So even though I parent them the same they don't all react the same way. My almost six year old goes non-verbal in high stress situations. It is so frustrating I'll prep him for a situation I know will be difficult for him he sounds like he is on board and then we get there and sure enough he goes non-verbal. I'm convinced he'll eventually out grow it just as your son will too. You can't compare your kids to other kids it just doesn't work. Your not doing anything wrong.

  6. We are in a similar mommy boat (with the whole fear of public meltdowns thing). The only difference is, my little one is very, very, very, anxious of being around strangers (he deems any non-mommy or non-daddy person as a stranger). His meltdowns can occur if someone approaches him or even speaks to him. *sigh* At least your little one will get out and mingle, until he's sleepy. We all have our challenges but, hopefully these will get better soon!

    The Misadventures of Supermommy

  7. Thank you all for offering your kind words. I do have hope that it will all pass and I won't even remember these things...

  8. my son's name is dylan too! :)

    I totally feel you on this! I've had a few meltdown moments with my son in public too. You are not alone.


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