This past week has been a bit rocky with the John John. Although he's been crawling and standing for awhile now he has only recently decided to explore. He's teething. He won't go down for naps as easily because he keeps standing up. If he can't do something he whines. And he screams. Like high pitched, shrill, ear piercing screams. They're happy screams...but painfully loud none the less. He also is fluctuating between wanting his baby food and big boy food. Every day is different.
Ninety-nine percent of the time I'm enjoying this new stage. I feel like I am no longer just making sure John stays alive, healthy and happy, but my job as mama is truly starting. He is officially in need of guidance, direction, and raising. I'm busy trying to teach him that we don't touch the oven, chase the dog or play in his water bowl. I'm allowing him to explore and trying not to be too overprotective. I'm working in a stern "No" while allowing him to make other choices. I realize he is only eight months old, but some things I do now to help prepare myself for later when he can understand much more of the world around him.
Anyway, yesterday was the first day I have felt truly challenged. He was fussy and cranky. It was insanely hot and he didn't get a good nap in. He was busy growing his top teeth and dare I say....he might have an ear infection. So, like the amateur I am, I decided to go out in public thinking that a quick trip out would help. I'm a fool. We went to babies r us and things seemed to be going well. That lasted up until I sat him in the cart and buckled him in. He started to whine. So, I gave him his paci.
But, if you give a John a paci, he is going to want to play with it.
He will probably start flinging it around and that will remind him that he's holding a spoon
He will take his plastic spoon and begin throwing it onto the ground
And every time he throws it he will want you to pick it up.
So you keep picking it up.
Then John will begin to see this is a game and that will remind him that he can throw really well
He will throw his spoon ten more times until you say "no more"
Then you put the spoon away and he begins to whine
Whining will make him want to scream and he will probably start with little yelps
Little yelps will begin to echo in the store and that will make him want to scream
John will probably start screaming and then he'll want to shriek
If you allow him to shriek hoping he may stop he will keep going
And he will definitely shriek right as you pass the couple with a sleeping newborn
So you tell him no and give John a paci.
But if you give a John a paci he is going to want to play with it.
He will probably start flinging it around and that will remind him that he was holding a spoon...
Thankfully, Today is much better...and he even went down for his nap with no problem. It's cooler outside, I remembered to buy teething tablets yesterday and I am refreshed after a full nights sleep. Not to mention...I bought iced coffee for home...so as the baby naps...I'm sipping on a caramel macchiato and enjoying the quiet.