man, this terrible twos phase is throwing me for a loop. one minute jack is my sweet, happy little buddy -- runs up to me to give me a hug at random moments, shares his toys willingly, walks into nursery AND gym day care with a smile on his face which is rare since he usually cries before we even set foot inside those places -- and the next he's a crazy screaming monster.
naps are a continual battle -- at this moment, i can hear him jumping on his bed even though he should have been asleep an hour ago. i really really hope we're not giving those up, but who knows. he's already figured out how to dismantle the lock on his door so i guess mama needs to upgrade if we're ever going to get any quiet time around here. he yells -- like, really loudly YELLS -- at us throughout the day when things aren't going the way he wants. i try to be patient with him -- this book has really helped me streamline my parenting techniques -- but by nighttime i'm completely exhausted. when jack is throwing a tantrum on the ground and screaming at me i tell him, "i know, it's really hard to be 2," but DANG. it is hard to be the mom of a 2.
however, despite the new attitude & mood swings, 2 is still pretty great. his vocabulary and personality are growing every day (although he can't pronounce the R or L sounds very well, which i think is totally adorable). he's super vocal about his preferences when it comes to music (if i play foster the people or coldplay in the car, i hear a little "yay! i YIKE this song!" from the backseat -- he's definitely not a fan of country or talk radio, so far), food ("i don't yike it!" or "mmm tasty" depending on what we give him -- he eats like a bird most of the time), toys and clothes. we've been watching national geographic animal videos together and he loves it. he still looooves to read books at any time of day and i'll often find him reading to himself -- he can recite brown bear brown bear and a few other books verbatim and it is the cutest. he's really good in public and will always greet other people, hold my hand and save the meltdowns (mostly) for later. we're working on saying please and thank you and most of the time he gets it.
he's pretty cute...but he's pretty tiring. :) this parenthood stuff is not for sissies, that's for sure.