Oh the terrible twos! They are well and truly upon us.
I often wonder if some blogs give off the wrong impression of parenting. I know that sometimes mine does.
So many people approach me online, or leave comments saying how envious they are of our little life by the sea, and how perfectly well behaved our little one always seems to be.
Believe me when I say it’s not always the case. Most of our outings of late have been exhausting. I almost didn’t write this post, but I think that once in a while, it’s maybe a good thing to show another part of our life and to explain why I never post about it.
Recently we went on a walk to one of my favourite spots, a beautiful little river in the village where I was born. It’s such a peaceful walk and we fully intended to go to clear our minds and cheer ourselves up…
That’s not quite what happened.
On our way to the river, Jamie and I picked up a takeaway coffee, not only to keep us warm but also to help wake us up after a sleepless night with a grumpy Evie.
Being so tired and grumpy ourselves, we completely forgot Evie’s obsession with coffee cups.
We usually remember to get an extra empty cup so that we can give her one play with, so as soon as we got out of the car she had a meltdown over the fact that we had boiling hot coffee and she couldn’t have our cups until the liquid had all gone. (The picture below is of our finally empty cups!)
Trying hard to hide our cups out of sight, we started our walk along the beautiful river bank hoping that she’d settle down when we were in the fresh air.
Meltdown number two came moments later when she really wanted to splash in a muddy puddle, only to find that the muddy puddle was two deep for her liking.
After trying to show Evie that even deep puddles can be fun, because they make super squelchy noises, we finally had a couple of minutes where we thought that this walk would be lovely.
We played in the leaves, splashed in some puddles and then sat on a bench to enjoy the quiet, and to maybe get some nice family photos.
Meltdown number three wasn’t far behind and came when Mummy showed Evie a ladybird that had landed on her hand.
Evie was fascinated with the ladybird but completely broke down when not only the ladybird decided to fly off, but because the coffee cups blew down in a sudden gust of wind and she had to have her hat put back on because it was quite chilly.
Finally, we managed to walk along with a content Evie, only after discovering some sticks and stones.
We were so grateful she found them because we actually had a nice end to our walk, and for about ten minutes just enjoyed helping Evie to count out the stones she’d found, and to collect some sticks for her to walk about with.
To everyone who reads blogs, although sometimes it may appear that a bloggers life is perfect, I can promise you that’s not always the case.
I only tend to focus on the positives in my blog because that’s what I want to share. I love to look back on the good moments we had and all the great photos that we captured.
Just like with a photo album, I pick my favourite photos from the day to include in my posts. There are lots of blurry, out of focus ones that don’t make the cut, and sometimes some downright hilarious outtakes that I’d rather just keep for my family to giggle at.
But please know, my daughter has awful terrible twos like everyone else, gosh I even have terrible 26’s!
My house isn’t always tidy, our days aren’t always full of sunshine and my child isn’t always the clean faced, immaculate one you see in our pictures.
For every picture of Evie posing and smiling, there are triple the amount of pictures on my camera card of her tantruming and crying.
For every line about our wonderful day out to somewhere, there is also an untyped line of how we had an argument in the car because we got lost, or how we bickered because we couldn’t agree on where we were going or what we were going to do for lunch.
I will always love making my blog a happy space, a place where I can look back on the good times, and I hope that my readers enjoy reading about our lovely days out and our precious family moments together.
Do you think that sometimes blogs give off a false impression of parenting? Do you prefer to read posts that focus on the positives or posts that tell it as it is?