G is 2 years and 7 months young.
Lately, and by lately, I mean especially today she has tested us to our limits. I’m not sure if its got to do with the super moon tonight, her age, the fact that my mom and mother-in-law left today after their week long stay, our recent move, the impending birth of her sister, her lack of sleep, or the incoming two year molars. All I know is that girlfriend is especially testy.
There is absolutely NO reasoning with her. Timeout seem to be constant. She is very hitty when se gets mad and screams to top it all off.
I have no idea where she learned to hit. I’m guessing its just a natural reaction and defense mechanism. Naturally she does it when she is pissed off and doesn’t get her way.
The screaming goes hand in hand with the hitting. And above all that is the constant word NO when responding to any request. Oh and she likes to toss her toys around when she is mad too. Whew! My hot headed little Sicilian!
Who is the boss around here?!
Tonight we put her to bed at 5:30! She had no nap (we tried) and was falling asleep during lunch. Literally had her head in the table.
T.J. and I are consistent with every thing we do with her when she is in one of these moods. We never scream and always try to remain patient. If one of us can’t deal with her than the other one steps in.
Her sleep is weird too. I still think she needs a nap, but on days she does have a nap, her bedtime routine is botched. Like yesterday she had a nap for a little over an hour. She didn’t go to sleep until 8:30pm, which for her, is late. Typically she is up between 6 and 7am, has a nap after lunch, so between noon and 1pm, and bedtime is between 6:30 and 7:30.
Today we skipped the nap and then she was a disaster the rest of the day. Girlfriend NEEDS her sleep. No nap and she is literally a different toddler and stumbling all over. Usually this is when the bad behavior begins and I really feel badly putting her in time out when she is just acting out due to exhaustion.
Now that we have moved to our own house with tons of yard she is outside all day long unless its during mealtime. I know this has her feeling very liberated and exhausted at the same time. Too much sunshine? 🙂
Is this a phase? Should we modify her routine? Am i doing something wrong here? As soon as her sister arrives her routine will inevitably change.
All I know is that I just want her to be the happy little toddler who is sweet and huggy. That usually comes after her two minute time out and she is feeling pretty bad about what just happened. 🙁
Hoping this too shall pass. Otherwise I’m going to be the one in time out!