Their secret weapons include: whining, disobeying, and fighting over
- enclosed space
- a Daddy that's driving, leaving Mommy alone to battle their toddler powers
- safety/legal boundaries (I'm looking at you, seat belts and car seats) that prevent Mommy from easily mitigating any undesirable behavior
My "favorite" behavior demonstrated by Clara: taking off her shoes, throwing them on the ground, whining repeatedly "my shoooooes!," and then as soon as I pick them up and hand them back to her, she does it all over again- lather, rinse, repeat until my brain explodes
My "favorite" behavior demonstrated by Colby: taking each toy out of the toy bucket one by one and throwing it across the car... and then yelling because he doesn't have anything else to throw until my brain explodes
Also, while I'm
The good news is that, even though she hates taking medicine with a fiery passion and spews it out every time, the antibiotic seems to be making a difference, and we are all much happier as a result... you know, minus the car behavior.
And now, because I want everyone to know that I'm not totally exaggerating and because I want to give Clara ample ammunition when she visits a therapist one day, allow me to share with you the fit that resulted in the visit to the doctor:
Impressive, right? Call her strong-willed, call her dramatic, call her spirited.. at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what makes her tick this way, all I know is that God gave her to us for a reason (if you ask my parents, that reason is called revenge ;) and so I ask Him for the strength and patience daily to parent her and her brother in the most loving way possible (even though some days that just means ensuring basic survival for all of us!).
And forgive me for all of the Negative Nelly posts lately about parenting... I mean it when I say that this stage has thrown me for a loop and so most days, it's the only thing on my mind! But don't you worry, I'll be back soon with pictures that prove that we do, in fact, have enjoyable moments as a family :)