This morning, we were about to leave for school and running very late. I picked up Brian's bottle from on the couch (he’s two and a half years old). It had a little tiny bit of milk left in it so I poured it out and started washing the bottle.
He was super upset and couldn’t think why he was going to be so upset about such a small thing. He cried loud with real tears all the way to the car "I want my lait-lait" "I want my lait-lait"(lait is French for milk). I acknowledged his feelings by saying "So you really want your lait-lait, hey Brian?"
"Yes I want my lait-lait" crying and crying, I did not know what else to do, I could not understand why he was so upset. I was trying to find a reason, a logic, he looked so sad.
I picked him up and hugged him and said "I am so sorry Brian I thought you didn't want any more because you left it on the couch and when you leave it on the couch for me it means that you are finished with it."
He was still crying "I want my lait-lait" but was calming down a bit. I said "Oh! Brian wants his lait-lait badly now. He really wants that bottle to be filled with lait-lait." I was just holding him and saying these things to him.
Then I told him "It does not matter so much Brian, I've got an idea, when we come back from school, I'll make you a big lait-lait, ok? Would you like that?"
"Yes mom". He had calmed down radically. Amazing! Yay!