Naps and Tantrums

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When your little one has a really exciting day and no nap, you get one of two types of toddler (at least in my experience).

First, is “irrational tantrum toddler”. The only difference between this kid and a normal kid, is intensity. If you have a toddler, they’re going to be irrational and have tantrums all the time, but add over tired to the mix and it takes it to a whole new level.

Second, is “crazy happy toddler”. You know, the toddler that is overly happy and wants to do, (and touch), everything all at once, all while laughing uncontrollably.

This kid is much like a 21 year old on their twenty-one run, right before they have their one drink too many. They’re loud and obnoxious, and if you’re not feeling the same buzz, they are so very annoying.

Today, we went to the zoo. We timed everything perfectly. Got there when it opened. Ate a picnic lunch there. And best of all, we got home by one. Nap time!!

Little Miss was not having it. I’ll spare you the details on how she ended up pooping, then had to be changed, then put back down (including jumping into bed.) She just would not go to sleep!

Finally, we got her up because we had some errands to run. It wasn’t until we got to our fruit and veggie place, that we realized we had the second of the two types of no-nap-today-toddler.

She was running everywhere and jumped in every single puddle about fifty times, (and at fruit stands, there are a lot of puddles!). She was giggling hysterically and grabbing onto me or my husband, (whoever was closest).

When all was settled down, she serenaded us with a song about penises and “einginas” on the way home.

It was hard to keep from laughing. If she knew she was being funny, she would never, ever stop.

First it’s in front of mom and dad. Then it would be in front of the grandparents. Next thing we know, she would be singing loudly about genitalia at the grocery store. We will not be THOSE parents with THAT kid. So, once we composed ourselves, we distracted her.

After that, she was her psychotic, jolly self for (most of) the rest of the evening.

Unfortunately, for my husband and me, we know all too well what the “crazy happy toddler” turns into. An even more extreme, more terrifying version of “irrational tantrum toddler.”

So, if you happen to be curious where I’m at, I’m writing a blog post while a nutso toddler is screaming in the background. How are you?


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  • Reply Lauren

    Yes I feel your pain… and my sweet girl also has that shirt!! 🙂

    August 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    LOL! Yep… I feel ya momma! Except my nutso toddler is a 1 1/2 year old blonde hair, hazel eyed boy :-p

    August 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Hahaha! Cute! My son is almost there!

      August 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply Branson

    Oh yes… I have totally experienced this! I am pretty sure I will have my own overtired little one to deal with in about an hour here actually! 😉

    August 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Uh oh…I hope your little one goes to sleep for you…

      August 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    Oh this is so true and familiar…many days I’ll get one of each! ☺ the penises and enginas song made me laugh out,loud. Hilarious!!! Oh kids!

    September 2, 2014 at 10:35 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Thank you! I’m sure I have many more amazing songs to come! The kiddos are so clever, aren’t they? Ha!

      September 2, 2014 at 11:14 am
  • Reply maggiemaysgifts

    We are having the opposite problem with our 4 year old. If day care lets her nap, she will NOT go to bed for us at night! So we are ani-nap for her 🙂 But yes my 2 year old is a cranky mess without his nap!

    September 2, 2014 at 11:04 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Oh, wow. I am dreading the day when my daughter needs to start going without a nap. I need a break so I can eat! My son is already transitioning from two naps to one.

      September 2, 2014 at 11:16 am
      • Reply maggiemaysgifts

        I know not napping is also tough but we’ll do quiet time so she has to still leave us alone. ha

        September 2, 2014 at 11:33 am
        • Reply mamabyfire

          Oh, yes! Quiet time! That’s what we’ll have to do. Haha!

          September 2, 2014 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Melissande

    I can relate to this on so many levels! So funny! One time my son shouted (while we were at a restaurant), “Mom! You have EGGS in your belly! I used to be an egg in your belly! Is one coming out right NOW!?” *face palm*

    September 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Hahaha! That is so funny! I’m sure my daughter will do something like that in public, but for now, it’s just in our car…

      September 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Alana

    Hahaha. So. Totally. Relatable.

    September 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Omg I feel you girlie!!! This is my life these days with my two year old!

    October 7, 2014 at 7:44 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Those two year old’s are freaking strong willed!!

      October 7, 2014 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Alana

    Whenever I have a day like this, I ALWAYS think of this post. Fortunately nap-free, or short-lived naps aren’t a frequent occurrence, but your post is such a nice reminder that someone else out there might be experiencing the same event as me at the same moment!

    October 7, 2014 at 8:47 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thanks, Alana! I feel like our nap-free days come in waves, but I can’t complain too much, I get plenty of naptimes when BOTH are sleeping. And, yes, it is so nice to know I’m not alone! 😀

      October 7, 2014 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Melissande

    “We will not be THOSE parents!” Yes! Girl, you’re hilarious! I need a dose of your humor every day. Seriously.

    October 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Thank you, Melissande, you’re too kind!

      October 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker

    Describes my toddler to a T. Thanks for reminding me everyone’s toddler is just as much of a handful as mine.

    October 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha-no problem! They’re so much fun, aren’t they? Ha!

      October 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    Try listening to the screaming of a toddler AND his 4 year old brother. All. night. long.
    AHHHHH!!! 🙂

    October 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      I feel you, mama! My daughter is 3, and her baby brother is 1. That much screaming is enough to make you crazy! Yikes!

      October 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

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