Tonight the extra dog walk and swimming proved to be too much for her.
(Not the puppy).
A meltdown was coming, we could all feel it.
Not allowing her to wear her new Hello Kitty necklace to bed
was what broke her down into inconsolable tears.
Muffled screams could still be heard
and little feet kicked at the end of the bed repeatedly.
Tonight it took 6 "Do you need a hug?" questions
before she looked up from her tear-soaked pillow,
bottom lip quivering and said "yes, mama."
Offering to let her Dora doll wear the necklace for bedtime seemed to be the best alternative.
And 5 extra minutes of cuddle time sent her off to dreamland.
And melted her mama's heart.
Sometimes redirecting a toddler's meltdown can be so hard, sometimes so easy. But it sure makes you appreciate the times you can do it well. And gives hope and confidence the next time one rolls around.
I mean, she is 3.
I can't wait to be the one to get her through it again.