Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tantrums and tears..

Boo turned 3 at the end of June, and I rather naively thought that milestone might mean a step away from tantrums. Oh how wrong I seem to have been. Far from stepping away from them, they seem to have got worse!!
To any one who knows me, this blog post may come as a surprise, as I like to live under the impression that my children fell out of a children's book, they are perfect, never cry, never scream...and I choose to walk about in a state of 'dragged through the hedge backwards' it is called style not 'slummy Mummy' honest..

Boo's tantrums have peaked, they are at the stage where he takes delight in screeching at the top of his voice 'I don't care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' when Mr G says anything to him in an attempt to calm him..Mr G doesn't see the funny side and I can see him visibly turning a strange shade of beetroot as he approaches our little Tasmanian devil (who by this stage is usually spinning around waving his arms like rotor blades by this point) for a second attempt at negotiation.My attitude is to just ignore these moments and carry on as normal even though I'm being followed by my little devil and deluged with such articulate language as 'I don't like you, you're horrid, yukky Mummy yukky!' Of course this is harder to ignore when combined with the rotor blade arm moments which hit my arms and legs surprisingly hard, and often try to take out jars of pickled beetroot or whatever is nearest us in the shop/house/(insert name of any public venue..).

I have concluded that I'm not sure there is a 'right' way to handle these tantrums, surely it is more about survival, and proving to my little devil that actually his behaviour is not very nice and certainly won't get him rewarded with the ice cream/comic/attention he is craving. I'll be honest, I find these tantrums quite distressing, I want to curl up on the floor and well..transport myself to another world where I live in an immaculate house and the children are dressed in white linen (perfectly pressed of course). Funnily enough, it is that image which retains my calm even when we have started to grow a huge audience to one of these tantrums, I think to myself...'ahhhh white linen suits, a white sofa and fresh white walls...in my idyllic beach house' take a deep breath and try to detach myself from the situation. This certainly works better than my initial reaction which is to shriek at the top of my voice 'Oh god stop you're humiliating me! This is worse than when my Mum came and collected me from the disco at 8pm when everyone else was allowed to stay til 11pm!'

As soon as the rampage of shrieking stops, I'm greeted with floods of tears hugs and 'I'm sorry Mummy, I'm sorry for screaming and being naughty'. Which make me feel terrible, as I'm often still none the wiser what caused the upset to begin with, was he tired? did i not offer him enough attention? was I making to much fuss of baby? Yesterday I asked him what had caused him to get so cross, he replied 'I felt angry Mummy' so i asked why he felt angry and he replied 'Because Mummy is very naughty and didn't let me have an ice lolly' I sighed and explained why I'd said No and he nodded (sticking his bottom lip right out as though he were about to bawl again). Is this what all his temper tantrums are about right now I wonder? Learning that he can't have everything? Does this mean I've been spoiling him so far? When Baby arrived Boo did get showered in presents from everyone, as I didn't want presents for the baby so they gave him a present instead? Is this my fault?! Yikes..what to do..

Organix Baby Food Pouches perfect for the busy Mummy!

I was lucky enough to be sent some baby food samples from Organix for Elvis to try. Elvis had already tried spoonfuls of Organix Baby Rice and seemed keen to eat everything - even the spoon..

Organix sent me a lovely variety of the pouches, which are suitable for 4months + and come in a great mixture of flavours ideal for making sure your baby gets to experience lots of different flavours and learn to really enjoy food! Organix offer a great variety of healthy options to wean your baby easily and without fuss, in the knowledge that you're feeding them the healthy option!


I have been able to easily introduce Elvis to flavours which I probably wouldn't think of introducing to his diet as butternut squash is not something I think to buy in a weekly shop, but is really healthy and tasty! Elvis loved the 'Sweet Potato, Red pepper and Swede' I was a bit worried about the red pepper as it didn't seem as well pureed but he had no problems enjoying it and rapidly opening his mouth for a second spoonful!



 I must admit I really like the fact they are easy to use, just unscrew the lid and you can squeeze them straight onto a spoon if you're out and about! Ideal for someone like me who is dashing around with a toddler in tow too! If you only use part of a pouch, don't worry as the remaining food can be stored safely in the fridge for up to 24hours!

I was delighted to see on their website that Organix have their own on-line shop so you can order direct: Organix Shop