The kids are having a ball with this nice weather....it's been raining a lot, but we've still managed to make it outside (splashed in puddles, played in the rain). A funny thing happened this week. We had won a Nintendo DS and Payton loves any type of game like that (anything that she can push buttons - even though she has no clue how to play it). Anyways, we knew it would be coming in the mail and so we wrapped it up for Payton and she got to open it. She was sooooo excited and we told her we'd take her to walmart so we could get her a game (unfortunately they didn't have a Dora game, but she was thrilled about the Mario game she got). Anyways, you'll notice I typed the dreaded word 'Walmart'. We've had horrible experiences with Payton at walmart - but they have been getting better. Unfortunately the new DS and the adventure of getting the new game was way too much for her. We decided it was just too much excitement for her and she just lost it and went into meltdown mode. The strange thing about it was that even though I was in the very back of the store and Payton was screaming/kicking as loud as she could, I walked out - noticing everyone staring at me (some ofcourse are glares) and wasn't even embarassed! Parents have told me that I would get to the point that I would realize it didn't matter what other people thought - I know Payton can't help it and that's all that mattered. Well, it happened - I wasn't embarassed! I took Payton to the car, we waited on Bob and Koen to pay, and then left (Payton screaming the whole way home). It made for a rough night for her - but Bob and I both knew the blame was on way too much excitement.......what an amazing feeling to not be embarrassed and nervous by it all. I'm now accepting that many of these feelings she can't control and that as long as we know this, it doesn't matter what the people around us are thinking about her (and us as parents!)-we're trying to teach her this isn't acceptable and I know it will take time (albeit a LONG time) but eventually we'll see progress in her behavior. For now, it's progress with me.