This week has been a little up and down. Like a ping pong ball stuck in the dryer, there have been many highs and and a few lows to counterbalance. First of all, the verbal looping that Jp has been harping on is still an issue (of which I previously chronicled here). It is equally hilarious and mind numbing in such a tedious way that one can only truly understand if you saw it for yourself. Are you really hungry or are you just saying you are because it is in “the loop”? Many a plate has hit the trash this week. Though, I did notice that I was much more laid back about today after my vent about it yesterday, so that is a plus.
Then this happened yesterday….
Some things go together amazingly, like wine and good cheese or peanut butter and jelly. Two things that are not a match made in heaven is a feisty toddler and dog that is nearly a hundred years old in human years. Yes, no matter how many times I have warned Jp to leave that old, grumpy dog old dog alone…I guess that learning the hard way was just a trait he picked up from his parents (bless his little heart) and this is the aftermath.
Le Sigh. At least we had Mickey Band Aids on hand. Double bonus points, Dad.
Both of my husband and I’s birthdays are this week (now you see why we are so suited for each other as our birthdays are only a few days apart) so there have been lovely dinners, thoughtful presents, and even a real night out for us which we spent being quite debaucherous but I am proud to say that I learned my (extremely painful) lesson from the last time and remembered to drink plenty of water! So this time, when Jp rolled in and demanded attention, I was ready for him without the tears of regret and pounding headache in tow.
Speaking of Jp rolling in…his sleep habits are getting worse (and worse). He gets up several times a night and flat out refuses to sleep on his own. I am very understanding of sensory issues so I have a hard time drawing the hard line (as does my sweet husband) when he seems to be craving the deep pressure of being held and, of course, there is the fact that I am just too tired at 4 AM to put on my “parenting battle cloak”.
Yes, I just fully admitted I am too lazy to parent properly. Sue me. 😉
On the upside, (aside from the wild repeating) he has been a pretty awesome kid. He is sweet as a bug and snugly, too, so it is hard to complain all that much. One thing I have learned about being a mom is that you have to take the good with the bad and that his “phases” do not last forever so it is usually best to just roll with it and let it run it’s course as opposed to fighting and stressing every single one that comes up.
That is just us, though, we believe in being laid-back as long as the behavior is not aggressive or harmful to others or himself. The days are just too short, you know? As long as he continues to progress in his speech -and, in turn, his overall behavior- we are happy.
What is your parenting philosophy? Are you an “attacker of the problem” or a “wait and see” kind of parent?
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