The Mad Mad, a flashback

Ever have one of those weekends that come Sunday night you can’t think straight and you just want to sleep Monday away. Yeah, that was mine.


BTW, Congratulations Texas Rangers. I love you all.

Anyway, one of the reasons I’m exhausted is that my daughter has made me her slave. “Milk, Mommy, Milk Mommy.”

Every 20 minutes. She’s really good at waiting until I’ve sat down to ask for something. (I know she got THAT one from her dad, ahem.)

So that is why I’m bringing back a post written 9 months ago. Funny, not much has changed.

The Mad Mad

Tell me why, why must my delightful, charming beautiful, up until now CHILL child be an insufferable, whiney little bitchy beast?

I’m not kidding, she’s a pill.

This started just about a month ago.  Suddenly NO ONE could hold her but Mommy.  No one could feed her, read to her, TOUCH her but Mommy.

Of course she is a fickle little princess. 2 minutes after I’ve left the room, suddenly Nana, Daddy or Sitter is her best friend.

Fine with me!  This being the center of her world is exhausting. I should know, because her daddy is the same way.  Don’t you dare think blogging/reading/playing solitaire while watching TV with Hubs is the same as just watching TV with Hubs.  Oh no, I’m not really spending time with him if my focus isn’t entirely on what he’s doing/watching.

Wait, I was bitching about my toddler.  So easy to get off track.

So where was I?  The center of her world.  I realize this is my fault.  I get her ready in the morning. I pick her up from the sitter after work and care for her until Daddy gets home an hour or so later.  She often is hanging out in the kitchen with me while I make dinner, goes to the store with me, we even sometimes share the bathtub.

What has begun to trouble me more than her refusal to let go of me and go to her dad is her quite rude exclusion of everyone else.  Friend comes by, up goes Mad’s hand w/ a grunt to say “Stay away.”  Even people who previously were her faves, get the hand.

I’m at a loss.  I want so bad for her to be more accepting of the people in our lives and more selfishly, I’d like to have my leg or hip or arm that she’s currently clinging to back for my own purpose.

Don’t get me started on her addiction to commercial free toddler tv!  Oh, the wrath she shows towards commercials!  And God forbid she has a TV-free night, you’d think the world was ending.

Mama can only take so much WonderPets and Dragon Tales.

Advice?  Your own tales of woe?

25 Responses to The Mad Mad, a flashback
  1. tulpen
    September 27, 2010 | 6:19 am

    You think she’s bitchy now? Wait til she turns three!!!


    And what the fuck with the Face book thing? NO LIKEY!!!!

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:03 pm

      Thanks Tulpen, you are always so helpful and positive. And oh yeah, I wrote this how long ago? She is an opinionated little…

  2. Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2
    September 27, 2010 | 6:26 am

    Girl, my daughter is just about 20 months of pure crazy. Seriously. Although, to be fair, she was never very chill in the first place. No, she is definitely and has always been the high strung child and her separation anxiety hits heights I never experienced with my son. It will pass eventually (right?)

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:06 pm

      I have to keep thinking that “It will pass eventually.” Fortunately she’s outgrown separation anxiety….anything she does now is just for show. Whew!

  3. Martina
    September 27, 2010 | 8:32 am

    My youngest daughter is now 5 and can recite word for word every commercial on TV … if her ‘shows’ aren’t on, nobody’s happy :)

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:08 pm

      Yeah, this TV stuff has GOT to come to an end. Fortunately or unfortunately, she’s watching stuff on Netflix. No commercials but LOTS more opportunity to watch. Can’t use the excuse “it’s not on right now, Honey.”

  4. Pop
    September 27, 2010 | 10:28 am

    Advice? None. My girl (2.5) needs to do everything herself.

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:09 pm

      Oh, had to read that a couple of times to get your meaning. Yeah, no. This kid needs to climb on the changing table herself (sure sign she doesn’t need it anymore, in my book) but na, Mommy “needs” to do everything for her. DARN IT!

  5. Symdaddy
    September 27, 2010 | 10:29 am

    Are you mad woman?

    Well, yes … s’pose technically, you are. But I swear to God … You need Super-nanny!

    Get yourself a naughty step and make sure it’s loaded!

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:09 pm

      Oh we have the naughty seat and we use it. But I don’t know how to get the message across to her to do things for herself. Hmmmmm.

      • Symdaddy
        September 28, 2010 | 1:06 am

        That’s the hard part, I agree. We have two kids (18 & 19) and we still haven’t figured that one out.

  6. Losing Brownies
    September 27, 2010 | 10:41 am

    I am guilty of asking Gadget Guy for something, to do something, or about something right when he is about to do something else or sit down, or something similar. He constantly tells me what a pain in the ass I am.

  7. choochoo
    September 27, 2010 | 10:49 am

    she’ll be much like that when she’s a teenager too, only then she’ll have a drivers licence. Scared yet?

  8. dirt clustit
    September 27, 2010 | 11:11 am

    the way to resolve this (and any other problems) is more frequent trips through time… Travel Towne.

    • dirt clustit
      September 27, 2010 | 11:44 am

      oh man! sorry about the timing of that comment (I know better than to think or type anything at eleven eleven (or worse ten ten)

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:10 pm

      That and Calgone, right?

  9. ModernMom
    September 27, 2010 | 11:15 am

    Oh mine were the same way…and now suddenly (okay maybe not so suddenly) but at the ages of 9 and 11, they just don’t want or need me as much. It may sound cliche, but try and enjoy the moment, it passes by so quickly! I think the the fact that they wnat only you…must mean you are a rockstar Mama!~

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:11 pm

      Either I’m a rockstar or I’ve created a monster completely and unnecessarily dependent on me. But yes, I am enjoying the moments. Now if I could enjoy more sleep. Sleep would be nice.

  10. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    September 27, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    I don’t have much to share about the clinginess. But the TV…when my girls cry and whine for TV, it is a sure sign that they are wathcing too much. We cold turkey shut the TV down. There is about a week of crying and carrying on and then they forget about it.

    • The Mad Woman behind the Blog
      September 27, 2010 | 5:13 pm

      I have the same feeling. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves. Maybe her “T” (my iPad) will have to “broken.” I think I can deal with a week of crying. How different is that from what I’ve got now anyway.

  11. Morgan B.
    September 28, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    I wish I could tell you it gets better. Emma fluctuates. I think three is going to be worse than two. Sorry. I feel like I live with a dictator who also suffers from bipolar disorder. Oh, the ups and downs. It’s a roller coaster around here. I just go to my “happy place” and tune it out.

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  13. Tracie
    June 28, 2011 | 12:16 am

    I think I have to add to the woe. This sounds WAY too familiar for my liking.

    I think I need a vacation.

  14. By Word of Mouth Musings
    June 28, 2011 | 5:57 am

    LOL, nip it in the bud now, by the time they get to six, you don’t want them watching anything other than the History Channel ;)
    Love that you made it over to Time Travel Tues again – yay you!

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