Lately Aidan has been quickly developing into his own little person. He knows what he wants and is so independent that it startles Steve and I on a daily basis. I understand that being first time parents, everything is new and amazing, that our son is the sun in our universe and no other star could shine as bright… but seriously, what’s with the tantrums?
These photos were taken within seconds of each other. One minute he’s just fine, the next… WHAMO! They don’t happen every day but they do happen, usually when he communicates something to me, either by talking or signing and I don’t react fast enough. His fuse just seems to be really short and some days all I want to lay down on the floor and kick my legs about with him.
Thankfully the tantrums only last a minute or two and they’re usually just after he’s woken from his afternoon nap, so I devised a plan! When he’s down for his nap I rotate his toys or set up an activity, all ready and waiting for when he wakes up. usually art and craft or play dough or even helping me cook. I hosted a Tupperware party a few weeks ago and the box it all came in was the perfect size for a little cubby house. I grabbed my craft knife, sticky tape and cut out quaint windows and a little door.
I wish you could have seen his face when he saw it, I felt like the best mum in the world. We’ve played peekaboo for days and I’ve never got tired of it. Seeing his happy face with every swing of the door was just priceless. Everyday when he naps I hide little surprises in there like toys or books he hasn’t played with for awhile. Now, instead of throwing a tantrum when he wakes… he throws open the door to his cubby and all I see is smiles.