Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mall Meltdown

This was the before picture. Lauren happily sitting and reading at Pottery Barn Kids.

While I then got busy searching for deeply discounted stuff (the only way I buy from PBK), Lauren started running around, into the display window, etc. Not listening to Daddy AT ALL. Only got her out of PBK by offering the Merry-go-round.

Then we tried to make a quick pass through Williams Sonoma - and things went totally downhill from there. She started tearing through WS, right near all the glassware, then when Daddy picked her up to take her out, she started screaming and crying... and didn't stop.

We tried to calm her down and tell her we were heading to the Merry-go-round, but she wouldn't listen and kept crying. She didn't seem to have any intention of calming down, so we left, Daddy carrying her. She SCREAMED and cried as if being murdered... all the way out of the mall and 10 minutes more on the drive home.

We're now home and after nearly sending her to bed immediately, we accepted her promise to listen and be a good girl next time, and didn't send her to bed. But NO TV. So she's again, happily sitting and reading at home.

So the Mall nightmare is over - and I DID buy two big red buckets at PBK marked down from $20 to $2.97, so at least some good came out of it!

But with all that, I reflect on how lucky I've been to date with a mostly well behaved little girl who listened to her Mommy and Daddy. I think she took a bus to Cleveland on Lauren's 3rd birthday and this litte stranger took over. I'm going to Cleveland to get my Baby back.

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