Okay, my sweet, lovable, cuddly, and cute little boy has turned into a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde! He turned two last November. What began as run of the mill temper tantrums (ya know, crazy, out of control kid flailing himself on the floor and kicking and screaming--frustrating, but sometimes still kind of cute/funny) to pure insanity! Don't get me wrong, he still has his cute, cuddly, smiley, giggly moments, but man, he can be quite a little toot!
For instance, when it's time for a prayer (family, blessing on food, etc.) and he's not in the mood, he starts yelling "Jesus Christ, Amen" over and over. When he's in the right mood, though, he actually does really well saying prayers with or without help. It's very cute, though, when Chloe pipes in and helps him with prayers by telling him what to say.
Another cute moment, I caught Chloe in his crib with him this afternoon reading books to him. She's quite the little reader and he's finally starting to actually pay attention and sit still for a bit to read/look at books. I think Simon had put him in his crib for a time out and then Chloe climbed in to read books to him. Cute kids--should've taken a picture, but didn't want to disturb the peace!
Okay, but Aaron has really become a bit overly aggressive when he gets upset. Sometimes he hits his head against whatever he can find (wall, floor, my head, etc.). The other day he totally freaked out (ya know, the type where he wants me to pick him up, then arches his back to get down, then wants to be picked up. . .doesn't have a clue what he wants) and I knew he was exhausted and needed a nap. So, I put him in his crib so he could calm down in a safe environment. After he fell asleep, I went in to cover him with a blanket and he had pulled the fitted sheet and the fitted mattress pad off and thrown them out of the crib. He was sound asleep on the cold, vinyl crib mattress. Poor kid. He was REALLY frustrated!
I generally am able to stay calm when he freaks out, but I just feel bad because there's nothing that seems to help. I end up just letting him freak out until he finally calms down because he rejects my attempts to hold and comfort him until that point. This has especially been happening right after he wakes up from naps. I keep thinking his naps just aren't long enough (he normally sleeps about 1 1/2 hours), but when I let him cry for a bit, he doesn't go back to sleep and I figure he's slept too long to let him cry for too long cause he's probably rested enough not to fall back asleep, but not enough to be calm. . .)
Any suggestions? I'm getting a bit worried and may even make an appointment with his pediatrician just to talk about this issue. He use to be such a calm little boy, and still is, sometimes. . .
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