But don't be misled. Little one is surely giving us a run for our money. When CJ was born, I read one book about schedules, naps, and feeding, and that was that. When he reached the terrible two's, well they weren't really terrible at all. But CD, oh boy....Now we get it. We are struggling with toddler-dom. He is headstrong and stubborn like no person I've met before. If he asks for something and I say no, he will continue to ask for the next, oh, 8 hours if need be. He does not like to listen. (I'm laughing as I write this). I am trying to be steadfast in not giving in to his demands. I believe in boundaries. It is my job to teach them and mold my sweet angel into a respectful little man. But it ain't easy. My blood pressure is probably reaching alarming numbers. I fear I'm shaving years off my life. It will be worth it, I know, but wow, this is hard!!
If the house gets quiet, we know we are in trouble. CD is up to something. My brand new ottoman? He colored all over it today within 10 minutes of it sitting in my den. We are so careful to hide EVERYTHING but somehow that little stinker can just find things. He got into my hand sanitizer this morning and this afternoon emptied out a tube of face cream. And where on earth did he find those screws that he just put in his mouth??!! I can't turn my back for a second!! Will someone please come do my laundry and scrub the kitchen floor for me so that I can keep my eyes peeled on this little stinker?
CJ was a different child. I'm not comparing I promise. Just laughing at the differences! Different temperament. Easy going. Just didn't get into the things that little one seems to. If he found something interesting like a screw or a bug, he'd bring it to me instead of eating it. So we had no idea what terrible two's meant. But CD is teaching us! He's our angel and we love him. It's so amazing how different 2 children can be and what a different skill set I need in teaching each of them. We're getting there, slowly but surely. Life with these two boys is never dull!!
On my list of books to read are Siblings Without Rivalry, Shepherding a Child's Heart, and 123 Magic. I know they will help me, I can feel it:)