October 30, 2008

It's difficult to put into words

I've had friends tell me that the "twos" aren't as terrible as everyone makes them out to be. They tell me that the "threes are what I really have to fear. Well, I'm just going to go ahead and say that the "1.5s" aren't really a piece of cake, either.

Jack wasn't really in a bad mood today. Just ornery. Really, really ornery. He was into everything! I just chased him around picking up after him and saying, "no, no, no." He didn't want to be held, but he didn't want to be put down. He didn't want me to play with him, but he didn't want me to leave him to play by himself. Everything he said was screechy and shrill and made me want to find ear plugs.

But like I said, he wasn't in a bad mood. He walked around with his toy phone to his ear doing his courtesy laugh and cracking me up. I asked him what he wanted for lunch and he said, "moatmo." Which translated means, "oatmeal." I told him that we ran out of oatmeal at breakfast, but I would make him a grilled cheese. As he nibbled on his carrots and bananas I gave him while he was waiting he kept shrieking, "Moatmo!" But then he saw me take the sandwich out of the pan and he started chanting, "Muuummmyyyy. Muuuummmmyyy." Which is how he says, "yummy." Talk about mood swings. I definitely need to get video of him saying yummy. You have to see it for yourself to really understand how funny his enunciation is. Anyway, he was just really restless and hard to manage today.

As I type, I realize that I'm not really sure how to put the frustration and exhaustion of today into words adequate enough to describe how it left me feeling. I'm pretty sure that I could write dozens of paragraphs without really conveying my thoughts. The whole day was just full of ups and downs. There were moments when I was literally laughing and crying at the same time.

I need to get some sleep. Here's to a laid back, more productive day tomorrow! Right? No? Maybe?


Anonymous said...

i think you put it into words quite well! and every stage has it's own "oh my gosh this is the worst parenting moment of my life" experiences. sounds like today was one for the "1.5s" for you :)

but i will say, with child #2, that 3 is worse than 2 is worse than 1. i hope that's not the case for you!

Elisa said...

We have days like you just described too! I think you described it well. I can't wait to see the video. I hope when their vocabulary increases things will be easier . . .but then again I might be wrong!

Sara Neufeld said...

Oh man, I have had so many days like that...it's just DRAINING! Every kid is so different. With our first, 1.5-3 was the hardest...then he got better at 3. I hope today is better!

Bruce and Lynn Jarrett said...

I remember those days! Actually I always thought the terrible two's started at 1.5 and ended around 12 years. Then the teen problems start! Will be praying for all you young mothers!

Crystal said...

I feel your pain. Moses has been VERY emotional, cranky, not himself this week with this ear infection...it is COMPLETELY draining me of everything! Lucky for him he has had some cute moments as well. :)

Hannah said...

hahaha...I don't know exactly what it is that I find so amusing about this post. I think your selection of the word "chant".