Monday, February 23, 2009

Terrible Two's...Thought we had missed'em!

This week it dawned on me that we had almost escaped the terrible two's we hear so much about. Cora has had her moments, but for the most part she has been a very sweet girl all of her young life...

Until now.

Something suddenly clicked in her brain that I call the "Testing the Waters" phase. This past week everything has seemed to come on at once. We hear things like "NO! I do it myself!" "I WANT CAN-DEEEE!" "DON'T do that, Mommy!" "I don't like it!" refusing to pray at mealtime and unwilling to try new foods...and so on and so on. What I want to know is who flipped her switch and can you either unflip it or show me where it is so I can flip it myself? Times they are a'changin'!

In the meantime, she still has her precious moments and I CHERISH them. For instance, this morning, Geron dropped me off at school. My usual routine is to get out, walk around to Cora's door, open it and give her a hug and sugar. This morning, however, it was pretty cold, so I was just going to say goodbye to Cora before getting out of the car and leave it at that. I tried. Geron pulled off...stopped...backed up, rolled down the window and said "She's asking 'Where's my sugar? Where's my sugar?" So, of course I had to give her a sugar, and a hug, and a high-five. And tonight, she crawled up into my lap, gave me a hug and said "I love you, Mommy." No prompting, just random act of kindness! At bedtime tonight, I told her I loved her and she began singing the Barney song. When she got to the end, she sang "Won't you say you love me, too... Bye Barney!"

Okay, so we are actually surviving this phase afterall. But tell me, what should I expect next between the two's and becoming a teenager...

5 comments:

Tooz said...

Terrible two's, terrible four's, terrible six's--all the even years. That you can expect. And forget about odd's being good, once you hit teen's. It's terrible teen's. You've been warned. I love you, too, by the way.

Tara said...

More like terrible threes. I like two. In the boys anyway, three was the bad year. Avery turned two chronologically yesterday. And turned two developmentally about a week ago! We've already had a couple knock down drag outs with her. I win. I have to win. Dobson says if they want a battle, just make sure you don't disappoint them!

One thing I told my boys when they were about 3 1/2 was that they were almost 4 and 4s don't do X bad behavior. If she's closer to 3 1/2 you could use that instead! ;)

Ryan Marcum said...

Emma was into the saying, "nana nana boo boo" when we asked her to do something. All is better now. 3 is a good age.

heater said...

hmm...3's - with molly they were WORSE than the 2's. and now that she's 7 (going on 18), what can i tell you?

you can have her for a while if you want to get prepared. ;)

really, i wouldn't trade my kids for anything...but i love the breaks i get now and then!

you'll survive. i promise! :)

Bird's Words said...

3 was hard with Bryan. However, every age so far has had its moments. It's always a roller coaster, and I LOVE IT! Don't sweat it. Be consistent with expectations and discipline, and then just learn to laugh a lot. that's what we're doing at 13 now!