Monday, November 20, 2006
I stop at a red light as Nicholas says "Arm".
I respond, "What about your arm?" and turn around to look.
While strapped in his 5 point harness car seat, he has managed to pull his arm out of the sleeve of his shirt, and can't figure out how to get it back in. Mind you we are in a heated car, but it is only in the upper 30's outside.
He had also managed to place the sticker from the doctor's office carefully on the back of his head.
Of course, do I dare mention that he took both shoes and socks off on the way to the doctor....
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Anyway, how did I end up with this child. There have been days when I've wondered if the nurses brought me back the right child. After all, I was in that postpartum bleary world after having a baby. How did I know what he looked like? But his voice is remarkably like his sister's, and his face looks exactly like hers as well. So he must be mine.
Me, the psychologist, who specialized in child development. Who worked with parents and children with behavioral and emotional problems. I have been presented with the biggest challenge yet. Overcoming the whacker!
I make it sound funny, but it really isn't. He luckily so far doesn't hit other kids. His sister seems to be the only target thus far. And quite the target she is. Getting hit with a bucket, a plastic spoon, a plastic basket, and numerous hand slaps that I can't even count, just in the past 2 days. The problem as I see it, is that she reacts in such a dramatic way that she partially instigates him. I have tried coaching her in ways to stop her behavior and hopefully decrease his to no avail. So now my behavioral plan for him began yesterday, and boy am I exhausted.
Thankfully I have written my share of behavioral plans in the past and instituted them. So as of yesterday, Nicholas is stopped each time he hits, made to say he is sorry and hug his sister. He is not allowed to play with any toys until he has done so. Every time is a battle of wills. Mommy versus Nicholas. So far I seem to be winning, but my energy is quickly fading. I know we are in it for the long haul in an effort to end or at least decrease the behavior. I know that his behavior is supposed to get worse before it gets better just to make sure the limits are going to stick. But boy is it exhausting.
I know this is "normal" 2 year old behavior. Hopefully the plan works and peace will reign or at least make a showing every so often here.
Monday, November 13, 2006
The latest book Katie and I finished reading was My Father's Dragon.
The book is enormously entertaining, and would be great for little boys. Better yet, it is a great first chapter book. The chapters are short and full of adventure. During the crocodile chapter, Katie yelled out, "Oh NO!". I thought something was wrong. She was just yelling to the book it turns out. She was so into it that she was worried about the Elmer being attacked by crocodiles.
If you haven't read a good book to your little ones in a while, this is a great one.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Now don't get me wrong. I love the cold weather. The trees are gorgeous. Orange, Red, Yellow... provided they still have leaves. I look forward to seeing my little guys out in the snow this winter. I like wearing sweaters and warm clothing. I love heating water up at night for cocoa or cider. And fall is the perfect time to catch up on all that baking. The neighbors keep telling me, it is great for catching up on all those household projects you've been meaning to get to all summer as well.
The tough part is convincing my kids that wearing layers of clothing is a good thing. That keeping any clothes on for Nicholas is fairly important. That going outside when it is cold, windy and rainy isn't a reality. That colds will probably occur more often now.
As we all begin to recover from our various colds, I've become nostalgic for Texas weather and friends. I long for friends that I could call in the morning and get together with an hour later. I liked the ability to have just one season of clothes for a main wardrobe with a few winter clothes thrown in.
But cuddling under blankets with my 2 warm and snuggly children definately is worth the cold.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The kids enjoyed the rest of the night, handing out candy, and of course eating candy. Nicholas figured out the best way to trick-or-treat. While Daddy hands out candy to the other kids, take a few pieces for yourself, and carefully transfer them to your pumpkin. By the end of the evening, he had claimed a good 15 extra pieces for himself.