Oh boy, toddlerhood has arrived. The twins will be 2 next week and all of a sudden we have seen a massive shift in their behavior, or truly, their inability to even realize that they are massivly misbehaving. I had my first real “public” experience this past weekend and I would love some advice from those of you that have gone before me. So, my partner and I head to the Farmers Market in downtown LB on Sunday morning. We get the kids out of the car and they’re excited, it’s warm and beautiful and they want to see the ocean after we shop. Immediately, my daughter throws herself into that flat as a board, I don’t bend position as we’re trying to put her into the stroller. She wants to walk. Now, if we only had one child, that would be lovely. But with two, and shopping, and paying and carrying bags, it’s just very difficult. So, I let her walk and then of course what happens next (the inevitable twin factor), my son wants OUT NOW and wants to walk. Ok, by this point, we’re in the middle of the market. So here we are, I am pushing an EMPTY stoller, walking hand in hand with my daughter and my partner takes my son and they walk up ahead. Needless to say we managed, but at some point I had to put my daughter back into the stoller for her safety and my sanity. (It was crazy busy) She threw a nice little fit (which she has become fond of lately) using her entire body and flipping herself onto the ground. Oh boy, I am now one of “those” parents. People stared, gasped, made comments, etc…To be honest, I was embarrased and I just wanted to leave. As we reached the car, I began to cry as I held her tight. She and I just stood there and cried together. I wasn’t sure of the best way to handle that situation and then with everyone looking and commenting, it made me feel really unsure of myself. Anyone have any tips? I know this is normal parenthood, but it was my first experience in a public setting. FUN TIMES ahead! Go toddlerhood!
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