We went out for lunch today at Solos Pizza, me and the boys that is, and I realized that things are getting easier! For the first time, Landon and I ate our entire meal w/ conversation and everything was in control. He is getting so much more mature and he wants to be treated like a big boy now. So, he is not running around the restaurant like a crazy man and I am not shoving food down my throat trying to hurry out because a tantrum is in the midst! Of all the things that I have been sad about him getting older, this is definitely not one of them. I love that he is getting older and wants to be independent.
We have come so far in the last 3.5 years! He has always been a very intense child and to put it bluntly, a handful at times. He is very loving, smart and a blast to be around, but he has never been that great at going out to eat and shopping. Anything that has made him be quiet and sit still has been a danger zone, until now.
I think a lot of it is my maturity as a parent too... I think I wanted him to always be perfect (like my mom was with me) and then I realized, let him have his tantrum, don't go to places that take forever to eat, it is not about me, it is about him. Being at home full time has really let my parenting skills be exercised and I am (in my opinion) becoming a much better mother!