Monday, September 16, 2013

Days Like This

Our local library hosts a fantastic toddler storytime every Monday. Library visits are always a highlight of the week for Jackson. After feeding the babies I loaded the kids into the van.  We had several books and CD's to return as well as CD's to pick up that Jesse had on hold.  Storytime is very popular and despite being ten minutes early, the parking lot was nearly full.  I was lucky to find a corner spot in the last row.  I loaded the babies into the stroller and got Jackson out.  As we approached the door, I asked Jackson to press the wheelchair access button so the doors would open for us, allowing me to easily push the stroller through.  Eager to return his book in the drop off box inside, Jack had already started to open the door so I pressed the button myself.  Sounds uneventful enough, but this triggered the toddler tantrum from hell.

Jackson started screaming, "No!  I push the button!"  I had already pushed the stroller through the narrow entryway when Jackson ran outside.  Assuming he went to go press the button a few feet away, I turned to grab him.  He took off running and screaming.  Another mom pointed and shouted "around the corner!"  My heart pounded and I ran as fast as I could.  Jackson ran through the bushes and around the entire building!  I picked him up and he was screaming "I push the button!" 

Adrenaline racing, I ran back to the entrance carrying one very pissed off toddler.  As I approached the front I was completely humiliated to see a handful of moms holding their well-behaved toddlers hands.  They were congregating in the entryway around my stroller and I overheard them asking "Whose kids are these? Where is the mom?  Are they triplets?"  Two women actually had their phones out and were taking pictures of my babies

I was out of breath, nearly in tears, and still holding Jackson, who was now pulling my hair out by the handful.  The moms commented on how beautiful the babies were and how busy I must be, as if it was an appropriate time for small talk.  One of the moms who was taking a picture said, "I hope you don't mind.  I've never seen triplets before."  Jackson was now biting me at this point.  The other photographer of the group had the nerve to say, "Do you have help?" to which I immediately scowled, "Does it look like I have help?"

I marched back to the van, pushing the stroller and holding Jackson sideways so he couldn't pull my hair.  I no longer felt lucky about finding that spot in the far back corner since numerous people continued to approach me and even allow their kids to touch my babies!  I buckled Jackson up in his carseat and tried to calmly talk to him about how dangerous and scary it is to run away.  I told him he was in timeout and needed to think about his behavior.  When he was ready to apologize we would go back inside.  (Storytime was clearly out the window, but I really needed to return our books and pick up Jesse's CD's.  Afterall, I didn't drag four kids to the library for nothing!)

I talked to the babies (who remained in the stoller) to try and calm my nerves while Jackson sobbed in the van.  After a few minutes Jackson said he was sorry for "running and biting and pulling hair".  Jackson held my hand while I pushed the stroller and we all walked peacefully across the parking lot towards the door.  Just as Jackson was about to push the wheelchair access button, the doors opened and someone in a wheelchair exited. 

Upset that he didn't get to press the damn button, WE RELIVED THE ENTIRE SCENARIO AGAIN!!!  The running, the abandoned stroller, the hair pulling, the women gawking, the questions... all of it. 
One of the many handfuls of hair that was ripped out.
It was truly a miracle that I didn't resort to violence.  Jackson was hysterical the entire car ride home.  He kept repeating, "I'm a big boy.  I get Daddy's CD's." in between sobs.  Even when we pulled into the garage and I unbuckled his carseat, he refused to get out and kept saying, "I go back to library.  I'm a big boy."  I unloaded all of the babies, changed their diapers, and began feeding while Jackson pouted in the van. 

Currently, Jackson is upstairs, the babies are sleeping, and I'm eating ice cream.  It's days like this I would do anything to be back in the classroom..   

1 comment:

  1. I'm having a hard time getting past the part where strangers thought it was appropriate to take pictures of your babies...what on earth?!

    I'm so sorry Jack had a bad toddler moment in a very risky situation.

    I hope Daddy brings home more than cd's.