For the last several weeks I have been on the verge of literally tearing my hair out.  My son, now 22 months, has been a total nightmare.  Cute as the dickens, but a total nightmare.  He wakes up in the morning grumpy and whines and complains and screams at me until it is time to go to bed.  For a while he wasn’t sleeping very well, waking poor Karli at the wee hours of the morning.  He just seems really discontent and driving me to my limit of patience.

Of course, when one is not themselves and needs extra attention the other puts it into high gear.  In this case, my daughter has become combative and argumentative and generally just pissed off at the world.

The two of them combined was threatening to push me straight over the edge.

This is all perfectly normal of course, but sometimes you can’t help but feel like the world is closing in around you and you are all alone in the world.  That you must be doing something wrong and that no one could possibly understand what you are going through.  

It’s also amazing how exactly what you need comes to you just when you need it.  This behavioral chaos that has invaded our home was coming to its peak the last couple of days and I started looking around and reaching out a little.  

The kind and commiserating words of friends, a forum thread I found yesterday and similar developmental information from various sources convinced me that I just needed to let it go and relax.  My goal for the rest of the day was to simply stay calm.

Of course, this didn’t mean that he wasn’t frustrated or getting into everything or being a general menace, but my attitude toward it started to change and he seemed calmer as well.   After his nap, he was running around pointing and saying the name of everything.  This is a huge step as he has been a little slow to expand his vocabulary past the basics.

Then this morning, he’s like a brand new kid.  Or really, just more like his old self with an expanded vocabulary.  I had a feeling that this was one of those ‘disequalibrium’ stages that happen before a huge development shift, but is it possible that like a switch his words kicked in and the never ending bad attitude is out?  Just like that?  I’m tentatively and realistically hopeful.

And just to remember all the joy they bring us, click on the first photo below for slide show.

Ian the PurpleElmo RocksRobotThe Ultimate Cheesy GrinFiremanFloor Sleeper from Under TableNot long now and he will be bigger than herTaking on the Monkey BarsHis obsession with shoes continuesSilly Daddy - Ada took thisAda and Karli - Feb 2009Ada and Mama - Feb 2009Sneaky

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