Every parent has days where they find their children hard work. Children are prone / entitled to off days as much as adults and on those days they are hard work.
Then there is Toddler hood.
I didn't really ever experience 'Toddlerhood' with J1. He had his moments, don't get me wrong but they were few and far between. But this J2 character, wow, he is certainly making sure that I get the full on bafter of 'The Wrath of Toddlerhood'.
Everything you can every think of in a cliche to do with 'The Terrible Two's' J2 is giving us right now and I am wondering if I am actually going to make it through it. If I do, I fear at the end of the next year or two I may; run out of voice due to the constant use of it to check / discipline / negotiate with J2; hair due to the amount of time I spend putting my head in my hands and counting to 10; teeth due to the amount of head butts I get whilst J2 has tantrums over anything and everything.
The main frustrations at the moment are the constant battles. In true Toddler style, he doesn't want to bath / get dressed / brush his teeth. If we want to go out in the car he says buggy. If we want to go out with the buggy he says walk. If we want to walk he says carry. He doesn't want to go in the car seat, but when we want to get him out the other end, he wants to stay in. Then when we finally get him out, he doesn't want to go in the house.
Then when we are in the house starts the Peppa Pig obsession. He literally wants it on all the time and when it's not on he stands at our legs crying and whining and trying to drag us to the TV to put it on / change whatever is on to put it on. Even when he has had a good dose of PP and is bored of it (cue more whining regarding what episode is on - the sign it's certainly time to go off) he repeats the words again and again and again ...
Then we have the current 'most grating' thing. Everytime we sit down to eat 'No, Urgh, Yuk!' The more amusing side to this is he also says it whenever someone gives him a kiss! But where oh where has he learnt it?
Now I am all for children having some determination and go in them, but this current phase, is just plain hard work. To the point where the only appealing thing for us to do is to stay home, leave him in his PJ's and turn the house into Peppa Pig world. I think that would be pure heaven in J2's world.
Alas with this not being possible, I get through the day by praying that this phase will be a short one, working on a stack of distraction methods and live for those wonderful days where I see my other 'Mummy' friends and they say 'Oh my god, we are going through exactly the same thing at the moment, doesn't it drive you nuts!' and those even more wonderful days where I see other Mummy friends who can say 'We went through that phase, they do grow out of it.'
And on to those words I cling with hope.
Now I have to go...to find another Peppa Pig DVD to put on...