Toddler years may be the death of me.

Y’all, I’m no good at this mother-to-a-toddler thing, apparently.

Today I couldn’t do anything right, as evidenced by the fact that Jax whined literally all.day.long. Nothing I did could make him happy. He seemed to want to be held and his head felt a little warm so maybe he had a low fever and/or was teething?

I don’t know, but today just made me feel defeated on the mom front. Ever have days like that? Anyone wanna tell me he will grow out of this phase soon?

But it’s not just on days that he’s not feeling well, really, it’s every day. He’s becoming his own little person with his own will and ideas (which believe me, I really do value and think is awesome) but he’s SO stubborn-willed (please withhold snide comments about where he gets that) that he’s sometimes impossible to please.

It has gotten better since he’s started talking instead of just standing at the fridge or pantry shrieking while I futilely guess what it is that he wants, but he still has his moments. And there’s so much that he doesn’t understand yet, that we are frequently at odds.

This morning he brought me a headband and literally broke down crying when I couldn’t figure out what he wanted me to do with it. Turns out, he wanted to wear it like sunglasses (a la Star Trek?). Shame on me for not figuring that out! A bit later he brought me his socks, so I started to put them on his feet. How silly of me, socks are for hands, obviously.

I don’t know if it comes with being a boy or what, but Jax and his daddy seem to be inseparable these days. While Jax can say “mama” and does on occasion, he KNOWS “dada”. Whenever Travis walks in the door from work, Jax gets all giddy and excited saying “ah dada! ah dada!” Adorable? Yes. He also loves watching just about everything Trav does, especially yardwork.

   

I think this shirt is the smallest one he has right now…it’s 18 mos, and he’s mostly wearing 2T-3T. It’s probably past due to be packed away, but there’s a “tra-terr” on the front and he gets so happy about it when he wears it that I’m letting it hang around for a bit even if it is too short. ;)

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Comments

  1. 1
    Heather A. says:

    Ohhhh Becca! You are SO not alone!! I nodded my head the entire time I read your post because that pretty much sums up my days as well. Stephen is SO hard headed and stubborn!! It could be a boy thing but I know my kid gets it honestly. I hope it get better for you though! Hang in there!! = )

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    Lol too cute. Toddlers are so unpredictable, don’t feel bad! Pretty soon he’ll be telling you EXACTLY what he wants. Hehe.

  3. 3

    Trust me, I am right there with you!

  4. 4

    The title of your post made me giggle. I’m sorry you had one of those off days with the little man. Hopefully today is a little better for you both :)

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    We all have those days… I promise. It has nothing to do with you, it is Jax trying out his emotions… however unpleasant they may be. A friend of mine suggested I start a “thankful journal” to keep track of life’s little blessings as they occur, so that on days like this, you can at least look back through pages of joy and know they were there and will be there again… this is just a yucky patch ;)

    p.s. When I say that it has nothing to do you with you, that is because I am 99% sure you are a great mommy, meaning that you are not provoking your child to this behavior.

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    We all have those days… I promise. It has nothing to do with you, it is Jax trying out his emotions… however unpleasant they may be. A friend of mine suggested I start a “thankful journal” to keep track of life’s little blessings as they occur, so that on days like this, you can at least look back through pages of joy and know they were there and will be there again… this is just a yucky patch ;)

    p.s. When I say that it has nothing to do you with you, that is because I am 99% sure you are a great mommy, meaning that you are not provoking your child to this behavior.

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    Lol too cute. Toddlers are so unpredictable, don’t feel bad! Pretty soon he’ll be telling you EXACTLY what he wants. Hehe.

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