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Chloe Grace: My Strong-Willed Girl
Chloe Grace

Chloe Grace: My Strong-Willed Girl

determined to do as one wants even if other people advise against it.
Oh how I adore her more than anything in the world, but my is she strong-willed! She loves to test boundaries and see just how far she can push a situation. Whether it’s arguing with me over what she’s going to wear that day or telling me that’s she’s going to watch Mickey if I want her to or not, she knows how to push my buttons. 
What’s funny is that she can also be such a calm, easy going child. It kind of just depends on her day and her mood. It’s exhausting not knowing what Chloe is going to wake up that morning. And trust me, I know early in the morning which Chloe is going to take on the day. She lets me know from the get go. 
Luckily, no matter what, she loves her momma. Even on her rough days, she still wants momma to “hold you” and to sit on the couch and cuddle me before bed She may not always show it, but she is almost two after all! 
Yesterday was a rough, strong-willed kind of day. She woke up demanding to watch Mickey Mouse, ignored me every time I tried to talk to her and then screamed when I chose an outfit that wasn’t Anna. We got her dressed in her Anna dress {which is too small and is now more of a tunic} and managed to get a pretty decent start to the day. Around 10:30am we went out to run errands. This is where sh*t hit the fan! In the first store, she wouldn’t sit in the cart, she had to be held. So I grabbed the two things I needed and was on my way. Then I wanted to step into Michaels just to see if they had the weird size picture frames I needed for a decent price. Lucky day! They did and they were 40% off, so I had to buy them. Since I needed 4, I needed my hands to carry them and Chloe wasn’t having it. She sat on the floor and screamed. I decided to just go check out since I could still see her. She sat there yelling and kicking her legs, and there was really nothing I could do. The people around me were either really understanding or giving me weird looks. You can keep your weird looks to yourself because it’s not going to change the way I handle the situation! I managed to purchase my frames and grab my child and carry everything out of the store. Just barely though. There was a really sweet lady that offered to help me! Those kinds of people make my day. 
Of course I couldn’t just stop there and call it a day. We were already in the Target shopping center and I had a couple of things that I really needed, so we attempted that. At first she was great! We had a solid 5-10 minutes and then she was done. I managed to hold Chloe, push the cart and grab my last few things without drawing too much attention to ourselves. Then there was checkout. All the lines were long, so I went to self checkout. I had to set Chloe down and she lost it. She wouldn’t go in the cart and went down kicking and screaming on the floor. It was easier to just let her do it while I finished scanning my few items. It was such an exhausting experience, but we made it.
We got home to her losing her mind over me not doing something just the way she wanted, so I decided it was time for an early nap. She woke up 2 hours later in a much better mood. Praise Jesus! We made peanut butter cookies, snuggled on the couch while it was raining, and read some books. Then we had to leave to go to Chelsea’s surprise 30th birthday! She did great for the first two hours and then lost it again. Nothing anyone did was right. She couldn’t use her words to tell me what she wanted, and it all went down hill from there. At least she got a few hours with her friends before blowing up!
No matter what, I love this strong-willed girl with all my heart. She’s exhausting some days, but most she’s such a joy with a tender heart. She just has her mind set and is determined to have things go her way. Some would say that she got it from her momma. In fact, I’m pretty sure that my mom specifically said that she see so much of me in Chloe. No matter what, we’ll get through the rough days because how can you not just want to love and kiss this face?!
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