Tantrum: an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration
Cooper has been throwing the most ridiculous tantrums yet. I thought they couldn't get worse...but yet here we are with them continuously getting worse! They typically last about 5 minutes but they come and go. I feel like he never fully lets it all out and at any moment something will set him off. He kicks, screams (at the top of his lungs with a high pitch), hits, flops around and is SO LOUD during the tantrum. Sometimes we have not a clue what his tantrum is about and we ask him to show us/use his words and he seems to have no clue what he wants. This especially happens in the middle of the night. He's so out of it and wants something but it takes a good 10-15 minutes to figure it all out. What's weird is that we have been told by numerous amounts of people to just ignore it and let him throw the tantrum. We did that with his head banging, which has pretty much stopped. But when we ignore him during his tantrum it only makes it worse!!!! GRR! So we try to talk to him and calm him down and figure out what is going on.
The tantrums come at any minute. Sometimes he'll be playing with his toys and start freaking out. Other times it'll be over a certain food, cup, silverware, high chair, clothes, shoes, diaper change, car seat, TV and our most recent...having to sit in the cart at the grocery store. Today I was standing in the middle of the parking lot with Crew in the basket of the cart and Cooper thrashing around fighting me to get into the grocery cart. How silly we must have looked. I did end up calming him down and telling him that he needs to hang on to my hand or he will have to get in the cart. He did very well and only needed to be reminded once about hanging on to my hand (he sure loves to run off and knock everything off the shelves). The only problem...my cart was one of those silly ones that don't go straight. I had a terrible time trying to weave in and out of people. Eventually Cooper wanted to play with something so he sat in the cart (FINALLY) and I pretty much jogged through the store getting everything as fast as I could!!! I can guarantee I looked pretty funny but let me tell you...I was NOT going to have Cooper throwing around another tantrum!
Aside from his crazy 2 year old self he is so sweet. Saying I love you all the time (which sounds like "I mum". haha and gives lots of hugs and kisses! He starting to pronounce words better and has the funniest ideas. He really enjoys hiding things in his pockets, then saying "where'd it go?", he waits to have us look for it and then pulls out whatever he was hiding yelling "here it is!!" all happy and excited we couldn't find it! haha He sure does love anything with wheels and airplanes! Anway, that's all for now. He's pretty cool and we are all trying to figure out what is in his little mind!