It was 4pm and these days the Sun is generous with his heat. As usual I took my elder son to the karate class today. And "I took" implies that my active toddler also accompanied me. Well, what made me post a usual routine in my blog today? Maybe am too tired or frustrated whatever. Stay-at-home moms of more than one kid will definitely understand better. Coming back to the point...I carry my younger son and a bag of water bottles and walk with my elder son. My elder one had a fall and he was real upset. Anyways we reached the class and by the time I washed my elders son's hands, I had to run thrice behind the younger one who was ready to explore the surroundings. Then comes the real marathon. I had to go behind my toddler as he was running here and there. I wonder if I was wrong in holding him back from catching big red ants among the dry leaves. And there my action led to a tantrum. Please note it was not my toddler who threw tantrums, but my action did. :)
Then he wanted to run to the road. I didnt mind him taking a stroll holding my hands. But he did. He didnt want to hold my hands and insisted that he walked 'onto' the road. Yeah, you guessed right! This led to the next tantrum. However I managed to get back inside exhausted. Well, I had to forget taking a sip of water and run behind my toddler who was now reaching for the bikes and bicycles parked there. He wanted to sit on a bicycle and I obliged. And then comes the fun, he didnt want me to even have my hands behind him without touching him, let alone holding him. This was over and then he was determined in touching the silencer of a bike. I put up a strong battle against that. So he had to run looking for something else. He did find and he rushed to the sand. I was too exhausted that I thought let him play in the sand. But my toddler thought differently, may be he was not interested as I didnt stop him!!!! He started throwing handful of sand all around that I had to pull him out of that place. I washed his hands and managed to call up my husband just to have an energy boost :) . By the time my toddler was trying to reach out for something that he was about to fall face first. But dont worry, he has a great rescue worker in me that I leaped up in one step to hold him. To my relief the class was over. But trouble came in some other way, my elder son didnt want to come he sat there and started crying saying no reason!!!! Somehow I managed and we were on our journey, obliging to my elder one's condition that I should hold his hands. Amidst all these everybody who were waiting there were entertained well.
Its not over yet. I had to buy vegetables for which I had to convince my elder one in following me to the vegetable store. My toddler was very happy that he started picking up the tomatoes, onions and potatoes and mixing them up. I quickly grabbed few veg, gave them to the shopkeeper to be weighed and billed and in the mean time picked up my toddler and put things he had dislocated in right place. By the time I reached out for money in my purse he headed to the road twice. Third time a lady there came to my rescue that she held him while I payed. Then we started again to home. This time with extra baggage of vegetables. My toddler wanted to walk and that was a road with negligible traffic. So I thought I will let him walk so that my shoulders be relieved for sometime. But he didnt want to come with me, rather insisted on going his own way. I picked him up and walked steadily to our apartment. There the last obstacle, lift was not working. So I climbed 76 steps to my flat on the third floor. I left him down to open the door only to run after him as he was headed to the terrace. Luckily my elder son might have been happy that I walked holding his hands, he offered to open the door. I grabbed my screaming younger one and rushed inside and closed the door swiftly. I didnt let the tears roll down my cheek. Am just wondering how to handle this. I dont want to stop my elder one's classes.