Over the past few weeks, my sweet and loving 22-month old has gotten progressively more independent and bossy. He misbehaves a lot. His favorite word is "No!" His favorite phrase is "No, Ma'am!" He points and jabs his finger in the air a lot. He throws things and cries when he doesn't get his way. He has tempter tantrums, but those have never phased me in the least. No matter where he throws himself, I just turn and walk away. Now he's on to me. As I keep walking away, he keeps following me and throwing himself down. I always end up winning. All I have to do is walk. He has all that dropping to the floor and drama. That will wear a little guy out.
I know he's just being an "almost" two-year old. This, too, shall pass. Bayley, our wise and wonderful eight-year old, told me this weekend the Terrible Twos are followed by the Terrible-er Threes and the Frightful Fours. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Fantastic Fives!
One very big point of contention with Adam is riding in the car. He's never really liked it. When he was in the carrier (facing backwards) at least I could prop up a bottle and keep him content most of the time. But now that he's in the big boy car seat, any trip over three miles is sure to include whining.
However, when I pick him up at daycare, he's all about getting in the car. He loves to walk to the car and carry his own backpack. He wants to open the door and get in by himself. I help, but he doesn't see my hand opening, pushing and lifting.
Ad-ma do it! he demands. He even wants to buckle himself in.
The other day, after he was buckled, I leaned inside the back car door to give him a few kisses. ( I can hardly contain myself after we've been apart all day!)
He pushed my face away.
No, Mama! No kiss Ad-ma! Just DRIVE!
And the orders don't stop there. He knows where to turn to get home.
Turn! Biss way, Mama. Biss way.
Just what I need. A short, 22-pound backseat driver that can't even dress himself or do his own laundry.
Maybe now that he's yelling orders from the backseat, he'll forget about the whining.