I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s.
Whenever I go to one of Xavi’s favorite places, I need to develop an “exit strategy.” If I want to avoid a meltdown on the way out the door, whether it involves leaving with an item, promising a future Dunkin’ Donuts trip or just mentally steeling myself for the meltdown, I need to convince Xavi to leave.
One late afternoon, I got tired of being cooped up and decided to take Xavi to the Sciencenter. There are lots of fun and cool things to do at the Sciencenter but all Xavi wants to do is play at the train table. He could spend a full day there playing on that table only taking breaks to eat and change his diaper. The “exit strategy” was going 90 minutes before they closed so that he could see everyone was leaving. It didn’t work. He didn’t care that everyone was leaving he was staying so I still had to drag him out of there kicking and screaming. It’s even harder in the winter because he’s crying and flailing while you are trying to get all his layers back on.
We get outside and he’s stopped crying but now he’s extra grumpy. All of the sudden, big chunky snowflakes start falling. It hadn’t snowed in awhile and Xavi was suddenly happy. We stayed in the parking lot while he jumped in a few puddles. On the walk from the car to our apartment, he started trying to eat the snowflakes since they were so big. Luckily, one of the pictures came out.