I naively thought I’d skip the terrible twos. Guinevere is a stellar communicator and I incorrectly assumed that tantrums came from children with desires and feelings that were unable to express them, whereas my kid is very capable of telling me when she is angry and why (although she says “mad” which infuriates me, because cows are mad vs. people are angry and since I’ve corrected her NINE MILLION TIMES, come on, girl!)
Fact: tantrums exist because two year olds are emotionally immature. It is completely normal that sometimes, my kid is a total asshole. I’m just the stupid mom that didn’t understand that.
Back to my *bragging mom alert* my kid is a freakishly awesome communicator. She just turned two last month, but says the most amazing things. Like when I held a maxi dress up against myself at Target and Guinevere commented “That doesn’t fit you, Mommy.” Or when I tell her we’re out of popsicles when I meant that three was more than enough, and she replies, “okay, lets go to Target to buy more.” (If you see a theme here, yes, I spend way too much time at Target.)
Part of those terrible twos have been evident this month at birthday parties. Guinevere loved turning two and having a party – she doesn’t love celebrating OTHER people’s birthdays at THEIR parties. Also, she doesn’t love doing things on other people’s schedules. At their homes. With their rules. Basically, back to my first point…sometimes my kid is an asshole. (And lets note that when I call her an asshole, I’m perfectly aware that she’s a normal two year old, but if a 30 year old pulled the same shit, WELL.)
My dear friend G’s son turned one 2 weeks ago, and I was really looking forward to his party. Instead, I got to wrangle Captain Chaos and her Terror Tornado self, while staying sober to drive us home when all I wanted were 37 beers because it was hot and they had delicious beer and two of my favorite friends were at this party. But Guinevere had other plans and after her 48th meltdown it was time to kiss birthday boy’s mom goodbye and hit the road. And as we were walking to the car I commented to Tyler how hard it was to be a selfish person (which I am – very much) and not get what I want sometimes, when we have to be on Guinevere’s schedule. Like, I wanted to stay. And take pictures of our family since I was wearing a cute outfit and Guinevere had on a cute outfit and it would make a great Trendy Tot post. And how basically, I knew parenthood meant you didn’t get to do everything you want all the time but FUCK that sucks sometimes.
And he told me to whip out my camera and he made Guinevere pose so I could at least get a few of her in the most darling bubble in the entire world.
Reason #168431354 why I love this man.
He doesn’t get why I blog (or want to blog) or feel the need to write about things (many of which I don’t out of respect to other people – I’m a snarky girl for sure), or put my life on the internet for everyone to read.
But – he supports me to most degrees, because he loves me. That’s a good husband. And this week is my result of his love and support.
(Also – while you’re reading this post, I’m googling parenting books – because Guinevere is fine, but I clearly have SO MUCH TO LEARN about why two year olds aren’t rational and practical and completely normal for their age. Let’s just call this entire post a parenting fail, okay?)
Bubble is from my absolute favorite Facebook auction boutique, Southern Tots.
Won’t you please join us?
Our guest host this week is Britt from The Magnolia Pair. I can’t even remember how I found her blog, but I was SO excited when she announced her pregnancy, and then later the birth of her absolutely stunning daughter Scarlett. The two of them are far too pretty to be fair to the rest of us, but Britt is such a sweet and down to earth mama that you just want to meet her for coffee instead of envy her beautiful life.
Our Tot of the Week is Ace from Perfectly Imperfect Mom. If it seems like a conflict of interest since she is the owner of our giveaway last week, well, maybe it is – but Lindsay is in charge of TOTW and tries to be fair between boy and girl tots (and if we’re honest – we get WAY more girl moms than boy moms) and was drawn to his fantastic style before realizing who it was. So it’d actually be unfair to NOT pick him, right? I’m sure you agree after seeing this picture!
- Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes. Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything! All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now
- This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (myself, Lindsay and Megan) – we are in spots 1-3, and our guest host Britt in spot 4. Also, jump around to meet other bloggers! We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
- Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
- Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!