Cue trip to Kohls.
Emmi took a measly morning nap, it was raining, we were tired of being in the house so we ventured to Kohls. I did not take a stroller because Emmi won't sit in one anyways. Mistake #1.
I didn't bring a big enough bag to carry everything. Mistake #2.
The kids section is RIGHT next to the escalator. Mistake #3.
Went to a store with escalators. MISTAKE #4.
Are you getting the idea yet?
Emmi REALLY REALLY wanted to ride the escalators. We rode them for 10 min. I then told her we were "all done" and it was time to get some shopping done (looking for life jacket for trip to Destin and play sandals for Emmi). Emmi screamed and threw her bag of apples on the floor. First tantrum lasted 1.5 min. I did the distraction game and she got over it.
We had to walk past the escalators a little bit later and Emmi's goldfish brain went NUTS! "Mama!! Meh Meh (signing please a hundred times with vigger). Next came the "Ups!". "up, up, up, meh, meh, up, up." She wanted to go UP the DOWN escalator. I told Emmi "NO." firmly and said "hurt, hurt". She let go of my hand and ran right towards the escalator. I dropped everything I was holding and caught her in time to get her shoe stuck. I ripped her free and the tantrum ensued. She kept trying to scale out of my arms to go back. I gave her another "NO" and tried to walk away. She lied down on the floor and kicked and screamed for 8.5 min. I sat on the floor, expression-less, timing the none sense. People kept passing by and I kept from screaming at them "yes this is the product of a trained childhood development specialist!". Tantrum ended and we left.
Nothing short of wanting to punch myself, as soon as we left Emmi started whining and tantruming. I cranked the tunes in the car until she was over herself and then we had a peaceful ride home.
Lesson Learned....we can not go to Kohls without Jake to chase Emory around. Even more than that, I learned Emmi likes music by Train. nice.