In the same vein of forgetting about swaddling, I sort of forgot about another aspect of toddlerhood.

Rainbow is just a little bit sick. Got some clear gunk under his nose, and is eating less than normal. Just a little cold, but it’s making him feel worse than usual. Also, he’s twenty-two months old. So, you’d think I’d have chilled out when he was all irrational and crazy the other night.

He woke up twice night before last and was just a mess. It was almost like a night terror; he was one unhappy and confused little boy. Didn’t want to rock and didn’t want juice, he wanted to go downstairs. But then halfway down the stairs he got too tired to continue and just cried on the step. We carried him down and asked what he wanted.

What does any cranky toddler want in the middle of the night?

Cake and the Truck video.

(No and No.)

He finally let us rock him to sleep, then repeated the process four hours later. Groooaan. He wasn’t super-snuffly or feverish, no diaper rash or anything like that, just really bummed out and irrational and exhausted.

So, guess how he felt for much of yesterday?


I, on the other had, was fretful. What was wrong with him? Was it some horrible developmental problem that was making him crabby, resistant, and difficult at times? He’d have these episodes where he’d just get so mad that we weren’t giving him what he wanted (e.g. permission to throw wooden blocks, permission to hit the dogs, unlimited cake and videos) or weren’t understanding him that he’d storm around like a little tyrant, slapping the furniture and floors and walls, since those were his only allowed hitting targets.

And I realized:

He’s almost two. He’s having tantrums.


So, yeah, that’s where we are. At the same time, though, he’s being more communicative and funny and much more cuddly. He’s started to hug various people now, not just when he’s tired, but because he likes to hug. He’s listening to stories more and learning more dance moves. He wants to DO IT HIMSELF HANDS OFF MAMA.

In a nutshell: more interesting, more willful, more cuddly, more kid-like.

Almost Two.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melinda
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:49:22

    Oh, gosh I know what you mean. Tantrums sure come as a surprise in a normally happy little person.
    Although, I have to admit that sometimes I find these outbursts a little…impressive, charming? Like, wow, look at his determination. He knows what he wants and he’s going to find a way to get it, even without being able to speak well yet. That’s gumption!
    As long as we’re not out in public 🙂

  2. Mama Jamz
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 16:22:59

    Yeah, Rainbow had a public one yesterday in the liquor store. It was a bummer. The owner, a friend, was trying to talk to him about Christmas and stuff, and he was just frothing in fury. I had to carry him out under my arm like a trombone. (well, a flailing trombone.)

    But yes! The gumption is impressive. No sluggards, no quick-to-give-up guys here, right?

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