Hi, my girls are now 20 months old (gasp - how on earth did that happen?). They love love love to go out - to the store, to the mall, to the zoo, you name it. They love riding in the car as long as the trip is not too long. They love exploring the places we go to.
What they hate with a passion is getting ready to go. The entire getting ready routine for all three of us could be done in 20 minutes, 30 max, were it not for the wild panicked screaming that just takes over the house when we are getting ready. They want to go out now. They want their shoes. They want to be carried. They want to nurse. They scream "ledy ledy ledey (ready ready ready)" over and over while pounding the door. You get the idea. :LOL
I understand fully that this is age appropriate. I consider it normal and do not regard it as a discipline problem or something I need to actively stop. I do, however, think I might handle the complex series of transitions we go through better so they don't panic so much. I mean, they really freak out! This means a really rattled mama is backing out the driveway and getting onto the local roadways. Not great!
Formerly (well very recently) my strategy would be to turn on PBS and let them be zombies until we were ready to walk out the door. That would usually at least keep one of them from having the attack of screaming, and as we twin moms know, you can do ANYTHING while holding one baby in your arm!!!! But I've cut waaaaay back on TV these days and while I see a huge huge huge improvement in our overall quality of life, I have yet to come up with a solution for these mornings from you know where. I don't want screamers or zombies. I would just like not to cause mass panic every morning! Yeesh! It's like Godzilla was let loose in the city, I swear!!!
Also - my sainted MIL wants to know if your 20 month olds lunge at everything in the grocery store as well. :LOL I expect the answer is yes but we'd both like to know how you keep them engaged and leave the store as clean as you found it.
Thanks! I know I could post this in Toddler and get more responses but I think I'm dealing with a twin dynamic here (correct me if I'm wrong) and only you mamas will understand that!