"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Plugging Up the Hole

Princess did not! have! a tantrum! this weekend! Not one. Not even while fighting withe Peanut. Yelling, yes. Telling Peanut to shut up, yes. But no slapping or throwing anything. Seriously, I am reasonably sure that has never ever never happened before. Ever.

Here's the thing: I think she replaced the tantrums with something. She downsized, but she's still filling the space.

I think she dropped her brain somewhere and did not pick up it (I'll take it! I'll take it! I don't care! Just no more tantrums!). And I say that affectionately. Here are some examples:

  • I made it rain by flushing ice cream down the toilet. (Huh?)*
  • Will we fit in this car? (Not unless we have suddenly and mysteriously lost a family member)
  • What is "twist?" (It's the kind of ice cream you always have every single time we go out for ice cream)
  • Is this how I use ___? (Said while using said vary familiar daily item correctly)
  • Are we having beans for dinner? (Asked while looking at the beans on her plate)
  • Are we going swimming? (Asked after being directed to attire self in bathing suit for a known trip to the beach)
  • Can I have ___? (Insert non-fruit, non-vegetable item for fruit- or vegetable-only between-meal snack and multiply by seven before Mommy looses her marbles and insists Princess go outside and not have said between-meal snack at all)
  • I'm going to have this vegetable. 'K? (Said while holding up a bag of deli turkey meat)
  • Can you tell me what orange and blue and green and yellow are? (Um. Colors.)
But here's how I see it. She's (maybe) replaced tantrums with attention-getting behavior that, while, um, weird, is more socially acceptable. And I am good with that. Because next it'll be something smaller, and smaller, and smaller yet. If I'm not mistaken, eventually it will be filled with....her personality.

I think I'm going to meet my daughter!

*Immediately denied saying this. I think it had something to do with a tradition of her friend's where they flush ice cubes down the toilet and wear pajamas backward to provoke a snow day. Still unknown: was ice cream actually flushed down the toilet on the sly? And does Princess truly take credit for the rain?


  1. Amazing. I could have practically written this myself! This is my life! (well, it's 'part' of my life.) Spicy does the same thing lately!! And yes, I too will take it (WEIRD as it may be!) in comparison to many of her other (mis) behaviors!

  2. Woo hoo! It took me a lot longer than you to realize that mine replaced the tantrums with other things. But anything is better than being held hostage by tantrums!!

  3. I have no children of any kind but so enjoy your blog. I like the new background. Very cute!

  4. The questions make me giggle... only cause its the same sort of questioning I get from Bip and Bop.... and the questions came as the tantrums subsided ....we still get the odd ones every other day...but like you Ill go with questions any day