Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Terrible Two's!

I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. I have been consumed with a whirling dervish that has taken over my house like the Tasmanian Devil. His name is Camden and he has entered the "Terrible Two's," albeit a few months early.

He turned 21 months this past week and has morphed into the busiest, most destructive and non-compliant little devil I have ever known. But that's pretty much the definition of a toddler, right? Right? Please tell me I'm right and I'm not the only one to experience this phenomena. It's normal for your toddler to laugh in your face when you tell them "NO!" Right? Or to run away AND laugh!?! Or, on the other end of the spectrum, to dissolve into hysterics, throwing themselves on the nearest piece of furniture like the world has ended if you dare to chastise them, or heaven forbid, take away a forbidden crayon? Y'all have been through this, too, right?

Well, I hope I'm not alone. That is what it's like at our house these days. Camden clearly understands what NO means, he just doesn't obey. Pretty ironic, considering he has at least 10 different ways of saying NO, but not one single way to say YES. We have tried and tried, but he just won't say YES. He will clap his hands and say YAY, but not in agreement, more in a sense of accomplishment or excitement.

We have crayon "artwork" on more walls than I can count, the dishwasher door is about to fall off it's hinges and toys, papers, mail, camera cords, and pretty much anything else he can get his hot little hands on are strewn all over the house. Seriously, every room! He can destroy a room faster than I can pick him up after him! Forget about trying to stay ahead of him! Ha!

If you follow me on facebook or twitter you've seen some of my recent frustration. I've solicited advice from experienced parents and from books. We are trying time-outs and choosing our battles. Mine are not drawing on the walls, leaving the dishwasher alone and not running in the street in front of our house. I think Brad has chosen different battles, but I'm too exhausted to ask him. I'm off to Target shortly to buy a timer with a loud bell to signal the end of time out! We will probably have to use it in the store! ha!

We are still loving every minute with our little guy, but we are definitely having to adjust to this new phase. I will tell you one thing for sure; I won't be posting nearly as often. All my time is now devoted to chasing after Captain Destructo and counting down the days (89!) til preschool starts!

I will leave you with a video from about a month ago when Camden was playing with my shoes:

1 comment:

Maria in Lewis Land said...

Right there with you, sistah!!! There were 3 meltdowns in our house today....two of them were mine. It's exhausting. I've decided that I have to get what I want done at night and then leave the house during the day. That's the plan....I'm just so stinkin' tired by day's end, it's so hard to do anything but vegetate in front of the tv or computer.

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