We’re well into month thirteen at the home of Graham and Miles. This month has already brought new challenges our way. We’re quickly trying to learn how to calm a fussy toddler when
1) a toy was taken away by brother
2) you want to drop food on the floor but mommy says no
3) you need to have your poop diaper changed but you don’t want to lay down
4) you need to nap but you really don’t want to
5) a book was taken away by brother
6) you’re teething
7) you’re being switched from formula to whole milk
8) you need to get your pjs on but you don’t want to lay down
9) brother pushed you over for taking his toy
10) you want to start walking but you can’t quite get the hang of it
That’s right. We’ve entered the frustration / tantrum phase of our little boys’ lives. The first year was a lot of crying but all easily fixable: tired, hungry, diaper, overstimulated. Now that the boys are crawling and cruising really well they’ve entered this new world where everything they want is just out of reach or in brother’s hands. The frustration switch flips at the drop of a hat and oh, did I mention we’re beginning the process of the boys wanting only one nap a day now?
The whole thing has ironic timing because the week after their first birthday I was feeling great and thinking maybe I’d call up my doctor and talk to her about weaning off zoloft. Five days of fussing and tantrums later and I’m thinking maybe that security blanket can stick around for a bit longer.
It’s definitely draining emotionally to have two boys wanting to do more than they can or being so frustrated by things mommy is doing (like taking away a book because it was beginning to turn to mush from chewing).
The bright side is they’re still sleeping through the night (for the most part) and still eating really well (for the most part). I guess we just need to stick to our schedule guns and push on through this phase.