The Weekly Peanut, Issue 109
This weekend we stuck to our guns: there was NO Disney.
I had to remind myself that we didn't always have those passes. We survived the entire past summer without going to the parks at all. There are still plenty of ways to entertain a kid without WDW. Most importantly, we had to show D that going to Disney is a privilege that she needs to earn with good behavior during the week.
Thursday night (post day-that-broke-me) we hit an eye in the toddler storm. Ian and I worked late and weren't up for cooking dinner so we ventured out to try out the new Graffiti Junktion location near our home. D was remarkably well-behaved; she scarfed all her food with minimal drama. She even scooted down to socialize with the family that shared our long table. So charming was she at dinner, we decided to reward her with her first trip to Menchie's.
I walked D through her options. She looked at me like I'd just led her into Mecca. Her flavor request came out in an awed whisper, "Chocahlitt please." Ok, kiddo. Let's check out the toppings... any interest? "Pink!" .... the fizzing strawberry topping? *Nod* Alright, then.
It looks like there's a lot more there, but the half of the container you can't see is NOT full. Thank goodness, because she ate EVERYTHING.
Thursday, as I said, was the eye, because Friday evening was kicked off by a screaming fit and pee on my couch within the first 5 minutes of being home. Flying solo with the hubby in Tampa for work, I finally cracked down. I heated up a small serving of Teriyaki Veggies, plopped them down in front of D, and told her she could eat the veggies and then pick what she ate for the rest of the night, or she could not eat them and get nothing else. She wasn't having it. She tried to pick movies to watch. Nope, you only get to pick a movie if you eat your vegetables. After approximately an hour of back and forth, time outs, etc., D caved. SHE ATE THE VEGETABLES.
D pulled an attitude 180 from that point on. She picked out a movie to watch that she hasn't managed to kill for me yet...
I let her try on her Rapunzel dress after the movie and we decided to crank the tunes. I put on a few 80s music videos and we danced around the living room together. It was pretty darn great and, honestly, one of my secret parenting fantasies from when I was still pregnant.
The next morning with no Disney on the schedule, we got to have a lazy morning together. D and I snuggled with Baymax...
...while watching Lilo & Stitch and episodes of Jake & the Neverland Pirates. Eventually we got ourselves dressed, and I took D to spend one of her Christmas gift cards at Toys R Us. D picked out a new Elsa swim suit and a few more Disney Fisher Price Little People.
As I was loading us into the car, I asked D if she'd like some black beans for lunch. "No! Can't has black beans!" By the time I'd strapped her in and started the car, I hear "Mommy, I has black beans?" It just has to be her idea. So I took D down to Guavate.
I was worried at first. They didn't have black beans, only pink. And they didn't come with rice, just in a soup. And they were a little spicy. Oh gosh, pleeeeease don't fight me on this kid...
HA! VICTORY! After they cooled off, D happily ate the pink beans with some garlic bread. Took the kid home and she proceeded to NOT nap in her room for 2 hours.
Daddy came home just in time to take D out in the backyard for some fun with the hose. D insisted on wearing her new suit, even though the bottoms are WAY too big. As You Wish, Princess Droopy Drawers!
We ate in Saturday night. D put up a fight over the veggies again, but eventually she bucked up and ate them. Baby steps.
Sunday morning we took D to brunch at Cask & Larder. They made her a pancake in her own little skillet.
EYELASHES FOR DAYS.
We headed to B3 for a quick caffeine stop, and popped into Blue Bird for a cookie (to use as incentive for D's continued good behavior that day). Suddenly D started crouching over on the ground and... I don't know... falling? "Kid, are you breakdancing?? What the deuce?" Ian's eyes got big. "Oh my god... she's doing Burpees." Sure enough, "MOMMY! I ESSERSIZE!!!"
Stopped in Best Buy. "MOMMY I DO IT!"
D insists on the racecar cart at Publix. She also is starting to see the benefits of the free cookies.
I also got to experience for the first time the phenomena of my toddler doing her own shopping when my back is turned. Nice try, kid.
We wrapped up Sunday night Skyping with the Grandparents. D built many castles. Debbie asked if that was Cinderella's castle she was building. "No, Dis MY castle!"
I will note that several times over the course of the weekend D asked about Disney and if we could go. Every time I said no I told her why, and what she would need to do if she wanted to go to Disney NEXT weekend. We'll see.
Monday night Ian worked a little late so I picked up D from school ready for battle (she was a right poop about going to school that morning). As I was pulling D out of the car seat, she looked up and said, "Mommy, I has vejibulls?" Excuse me while I check my ears for wax buildup. Did you just ask to eat your vegetables? Yes, she did. D ate her vegetables with almost no fight, then proceeded to scarf down any other food she could get her hands on. She picked out Enchanted to watch, yet another movie that she hasn't managed to kill yet. We had a remarkably pleasant evening together as a family full of hugs and snuggles and almost no fights or tantrums.
Then Tuesday morning came and D pitched a fit when she came into our room before the sun came up and I told her I wouldn't let her snuggle with us until she gave Daddy a hug. Two steps forward...