Kisses and Tantrums

Rachel is such a sweetie. She is a cuddler and a snuggler. She is very nuturing. Here she is feeding a toy bottle to Nicholas' dog Scamps.

The other day, Nicholas got a minor boo boo and was crying. Rachel was sitting on the floor on the other side of the room. She stood up and walked over to Nicholas with her arms open. When she got to him she hugged him and patted him on the back to comfort him. AWWWW!!!

Rachel likes to kiss her blankie and stuffed animals and she lets them kiss her.

She used to kiss Mommy and Daddy but not anymore. Usually when we ask her for a kiss she shakes her head and pushes us away. What's up with that?

Rachel is definitely a sweetie. However...

In the last few weeks, Rachel has become much more opinionated and she doesn't mind speaking up when things don't go her way. She will easily go into full tantrum mode if you take away something she is holding or pick her up and move her when she doesn't want to move.

She got mad right after I took this picture because I had to move her away from the door or else Stuart or Nicholas would have unknowingly pushed her over when they came in the door a few minutes later.

Later, she had another meldown at the kitchen table when Stuart had to take something away from her. Here are the steps documenting said meltdown from the first little grumble to the full-on kicking and screaming.

Ahh, the frustrations of a one year old. I know it's hard for her. There is so much that she is exploring and learning about each day and it is all so exciting for her. Yet she has so little control in her world and it is very frustrating for her when her plans get thwarted and she can't get her way. We try to let her do things for herself when we can but into all babies' lives, a little frustration must fall from time to time.

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