Here is what I have learnt so far:
* Getting ready to leave the house takes forever! I now need to allow enough time for Burton to try Daddy's shoes on, get me my shoes (not always the pair I want to wear but cant say anything for fear of a tantrum!) and then he has to try and put his own shoes on! Eventually he gives in and let's me help put them on correctly.
* Coming indoors after being outside also takes ages now. Sometimes he will walk int the front door no problem, other times he messes about on the doorstep and then other times he struggles to get over the doorstep but wont let me help him! So once he is in the hall, and once I have struggled to get the buggy in or carry Jenson, plus all the bags you need when taking a baby and toddler out anywhere (not to mention shopping), Burton then proceeds to sit down in the middle of the already narrow hallway and try to take his shoes off! But I cannot rush him else we get tantrum boy!
* He is quite efficient at using cutlery but recently he has reverted back to using his fingers for non finger food! When he does use cutlery, he struggles sometimes to pick up all of his food. Ask him if he wants help, shakes his head. Try to use his cutlery for him either results in a strop or refusal to eat anymore food!
* He can walk up and down the stairs now by himself, although I am there to watch and be near him. However, there are times when he wants to carry things downstairs which is dangerous as he cannot hold on to the bannister. So I offer to carry the things for him, no can't do that. So I ask him to let me help carry them, no that's not allowed either. So it gets to the point where I have to intervene and take them off him - well what a commotion that causes!
* Sometimes he awakes from a nap and within minutes he is having a tantrum for no reason really other than he wasn't ready to come downstairs!
* He asks for a snack from his goody cupboard - you put something in his bowl without him choosing it himself - down on the floor he goes!
* Sometimes when he is doing something he shouldn't eg. Jumping on the sofa, I tell him to stop and not to do it again and I say to him "so you won't do that again will you?" and he smiles and nods his head! (Monkey! Plus it's hard not to laugh sometimes because he is so cheeky when he does it!)
I am sure there are more examples and there are bound to be more as he gets older. I am sure its hard being a toddler, trying to make yourself understood and try to do things that are a struggle to get to grips with, but it is also hard getting it right with them as a parent too isn't it?
Is any of this familiar? Care to share any toddler tales of your own? I look forward to hearing them and being reassured that I am not the only one who sometimes has a teenage toddler stropping around the place!
|Burton putting on his 'angry face' which in the absence of an actual temper tantrum/frustrated face photo, will have to do!|