Toddler Troubles

One of these is not like the other. . .

I am actually sometimes afraid of this stick-wielding little girl

Orneriness personified

This morning I went to get Ava out of her crib. Alec (one of her favorite people) came too and when Ava saw him smiling and saying good morning, she hit him, shook her head no and turned her back to him.

That has been the story of our life around here for about the past 4 weeks. The boys never really did the "terrible twos" thing, they were quite sweet and compliant till they hit three or so. I am extremely worried that Ava will bring a whole new meaning to that phrase for us.

It's gotten so bad that I basically have to follow Ava around or hold her unless she's napping. If I dare try to put a dish in the dishwasher, go to the potty, or fold a shirt it's tantrum city. There's an abundance of hitting, throwing, pinching, and full volume screaming. If she asks for something and I give it to her she doesn't want it anymore and collapses on the floor screaming, but if I don't give it to her she collapses on the floor and screams.

I am becoming extremely discouraged and find myself wishing these babyhood years away. I feel really guilty about it; I can't seem to muster one positive thought or feeling towards her. I love her to pieces, and I know from experience that these phases come and go, but that doesn't make it any easier!
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5 readers took time to leave a thought:

4 Little Men & Twins July 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM  

Oh man! She's making sure she doesn't have a little brother or sister anytime soon. :)

Hopefully it will be a quick phase... and it will be the wonderful three's!


Kate July 12, 2008 at 9:12 PM  

Oh man....sounds rough. Wish I had something encouraging or insightful to share, but I haven't been there...YET. With my luck, we'll probably hit that phase the second the new baby comes along. :) Amen to Brittany...hopefully it'll be QUICK, and then you'll have a wonderful little angel running around the house wanting to help pick things up and rub lotion on mommy's feet. :)

Faith Hope Love Mama July 14, 2008 at 7:14 AM  

My girls pulled that business when they were 3 not going on 2. Oh it's so fun. How is her speech coming along? I only ask because when my youngest was 18 months he was evaled for therapy and his tantrumming (is that even a word?) was out of control. He was so frustrated by his lack of communication ability. 1 year in therapy and he was a different kid. Just thought I would throw it out there. Have a great week. :)

Karen July 15, 2008 at 6:23 PM  


I can relate to a couple of these problems. The screaming mainly and as your other friend mentioned my son has a speech delay too. So hopefully if that is the problem there is help. He is doing speech therapy also and it does help. Still working on it though. Don't feel guilty about the bad thoughts I think we all have those somedays, but you are kind of shooting my theory of "little" girls are easier than boys. Dang it!

MerrandaVK July 15, 2008 at 9:02 PM  

I don't think I have commented before, but I can relate so much with my daughter. I ABSOLUTELY love her to pieces, but her tantrums and defiance leave me bewildered at times. Now that she is almost 3 1/2 it is SLIGHTLY better, but the TWOS were AWFULL for me. Your blog is beautiful!

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