Friday, April 18, 2008

What a week...

Sorry it's been a little while since I've posted. But this week has really been a nightmare. Chris has been driving me NUTS - is it possible that the "terrible twos" are beginning?? Oh, I hope not. I don't think I'll survive it if this is what it is like. Just to give you a hint: yesterday, by 8am he had 3 meltdowns. This morning while I took a shower, he stood in the doorway and threw a tantrum - for the entire time! I am really trying to discipline him for whining and fussing when he doesn't get his way, but so far it is really hard because he doesn't give me any warning - he just melts down into a screaming, writhing mess in a matter of milliseconds. I've tried ignoring it, spanking, and putting him in his crib - and none of it worked a bit. I think part of the problem is that he is just bored. He's tired of his toys and his routine. But, there isn't much I can do about that! Oh, the joys of parenting...
On a good note, he had a check-up at the doctor this week. She said he looks perfect! (Despite the fact that he fell flat on his face on the sidewalk right before we left for the appointment, resulting in his face being pretty messed-up. I'm just thankful she didn't report me for child abuse!) He is in the 90th percentile for height and the 70th for weight. And she wasn't concerned by the fact that he is a little behind in talking. However, just in the past 2 days he is already learning some new words! Yesterday, out of the blue, he started signing "more." He also said "shoe". Today, I asked him if he wanted more snack and he responded with a clear "yes!" Then later on he was looking at a book that points out several parts of the body, and when he got to the page that shows a baby's hair, he pointed to his own. Of course, he won't say anything when we want him to - it's all when he feels like it.


I've had more than enough of this....

Last weekend I took him to this place that just has a whole bunch of toys for kids to play with. His favorite was the black truck. Guess he just wants to be like his daddy!
He also liked the "bounce house" with the inflatable slide. He loved going down head first! He has NO FEAR!

One of Chris's newest words is "shee!", which means "Mommy, I want some Goldfish crackers!" One afternoon I mistakenly left the pantry door open, and he found the box. So he and daddy had a snack together. So cute!
Watching one of his shows, with his favorite monkey


4 comments:

Stephanie, Henry, Seth and Hannah said...

Well, it sounds about right! I feel you in the tantrum area! I have had my fill and yet I seem to always be able to handle just one more. Sometimes the crib works, sometimes it doesn't! Just depends on the day.

Good luck! You are a good mother and you'll make it through it. How long will it last...who knows?!?! I only hope it will end sometime before they go to college! :) I would venture to guess that part of his fits come from the fact that he wants to communicate with you SOOOOO badly and just can't find the words. I bet they'll calm a little once he can speak better. Something to look forward to!

Stephanie, Henry, Seth and Hannah said...

Oh I forgot to say, at least he doesn't get mad at you for taking pictures yet! Seth tells me "No, Mommy! No more!" I shudder to think what he would do if I tried to take a picture of a tantrum!!!!! (And, how can you get upset with Chris' sweet face?!? He looks cute even when he cries just like Seth does!)

Melanie said...

oh my goodness, the pic of chris with his monkey is so sweet...he looks so old in it! Oh, and a thought, do you have Chris "help" with all your daily chores? I found that by asking Isaiah's help and talking him through it all the while praising his "hard work like daddy" seemed to give him a sense of pride and less melt downs...just an idea?

Photography by Jocelin said...

I hope you don't mind comments from strangers, I just happened onto your blog and had quick peek around, your images are beautiful, I love the your little boy with the monky, just precious! Jocelin