Colby is, in my opinion, a wonderful (and sometimes dangerous) combination of Brian and me. He is generally pretty laid back (like his daddy), but he is also very opinionated and not afraid to voice his opinions (like his mommy).
Unlike Clara, if Colby gets upset, it is not all that complicated to figure out what it is that set him off. He's a simple boy with simple needs, and as long as you ensure that those needs are met, he's likely to be pretty agreeable. If you fail to meet those needs OR if you just fail to meet those needs in accordance with his expectations, then once again:
Clara may be the more dramatic of the two, but I would venture to say that Colby has the quicker temper. And while she is more likely to cry and have a meltdown when she's upset, he's more likely to get angry... and violent.
His usual target when he hulks out is, thankfully, whatever inanimate object is nearest by. Unfortunately, his other most frequent targets are (a) his sister and (b) his cousin, Avery. Beating up on his sister is understandable, but none of us are quite sure as to why he's picked poor Avery as his other preferred punching bag. Fortunately, she never gets too upset about it and we are usually able to catch him in the act and discipline him accordingly.
Because he's two, the two subjects that are most likely to provoke him are toys and food. He has become a major toy hoarder and once he grows attached to one (or five) toys, he wants to take them everywhere (dinner table, bed, bath, car, you name it), so he does not take kindly to having them taken away or being told that he can't take them somewhere. Same goes for food: he is generally a pretty good eater but if you try to give him something not on the approved list or refuse to comply with a specific request (I'm looking at you, hot dogs), well, let's just say he's not the type to protest peacefully.
I have noticed as well that he is much more impatient, grumpy, and likely to act out when he has an ear infection, which has been happening on and off for the last couple of months. He is on a third round of antibiotics at the moment, which we're hoping will do the trick, and if not, then it's likely that tubes are in his future, just like his Daddy had when he was little.
I know I spent most of Clara's post and now this one detailing some of their less desirable behavior, and I think that's in part because writing it down helps me to more fully analyze it, and in part because they are TODDLERS, and as such, their less desirable behavior takes the spotlight much of the time.
But just as I mentioned about Clara, we wouldn't change a thing about Colby, because in addition to all that I mentioned above, he is also our silly class clown, our curious explorer, our independent player, our conscientious helper, our affectionate baby boy, and we love him more than words could ever say!
Yes, you're seeing this correctly- he confiscated one of Clara's mutilated "fwenz" and gallivanted around the house with it, knocking over furniture along the way