I think I should stop being surprised by this, but it amazes me how fast toddlers can change their emotions. One minute asking for peanut butter and jelly and the next minute throwing it on the floor saying "No want it, mama!"
The other week we had a really rough day. About once a week I babysit a six month old from 6:30-9 in the morning. Addi acts all excited about "baby Emma" coming but after about 15 minutes has had enough. She continually tells me to put Emma down or asks me "Emma's daddy pick her up?" This one day I couldn't get Emma to sleep and she was overtired and Addi was crabby, jealous and not content. She basically cried or screamed on and off for over an hour. It was miserable.
I felt like I had a daughter who couldn't entertain herself for a minute. Knew nothing about patience and sharing her mama. And was just an overall crabby, needy one year old. That I could never handle two babies and that I was basically creating a monster. We "restarted" that day at least five times and it was just a rough day. I was thrilled when it was bedtime and happy the day was over.
Now Friday was the complete opposite. Addi was happy in the morning, and we had a great day. We went to the park, went exploring on a path, had breakfast with a friend and overall had such a fun, good day.
Something that I need to remember is to not count the day out as bad, when we've had a rough morning. That there is opportunity after opportunity to have a restart. And even if the day ends up being pretty rotten, tomorrow is a totally new day.