2.5 is hard. I can't say that DD gets into things at all, but she still gets under my skin sometimes. We are in this horrible phase of verbal sparring. The arguing! The back chat!
I hope I am still allowed to vent here. It has been building up for about a week. I am about to explode. I have never ever felt so at a loss regarding her behavior. Lately when she is upset with something I say, she blows raspberries and shakes her whole body back and forth until she falls down. It lasts all of 2 seconds, and that is it. She gets up and gets over it. She never cries or tantrums, she just has these odd outbursts and gets on with it. It is temporary insanity. It makes her look crazy.
She also picks her nose constantly. And, she eats the bounty. I have had a lot of discussions with her about this. It is completely compulsive. She cannot stop. I have noticed that she does it when she is most nervous, bored, or stimulated.
She also has to eat snow.
She has to eat the salt at the restaurants before we get our food.
She is a very sweet and mild-mannered child. Part of me feels guilty for complaining. She is so good. I actually have found myself complaining about how she wants to hug me so much.
She has to hug me.
But, I think what is really depressing me is our sleep issues. Putting her to bed is like pulling teeth. Seriously, you'd think our bed was a vat of acid or something. Even the hint of bedtime reduces her to pleads of staying her 'execution'. Giving up naps has made my day so much easier, but it seems to have made bedtime twice as volatile. I am so sick of feeling like I am squelching her life every time we go to to bed at night. I know her natural sleep patterns would have her go to bed late and sleep in later, progressively until she had us getting up at noon. But, there is NO way.
Hjdmom24-You are actually the reason I posted here. I wanted to say I totally know what you mean about being single. My husband is out of the country for a few months, and I miss him dearly, but I do savor my few hours ALONE each night. My body seriously buzzes after putting this 2.5 year old down, and I just need to sit in silence and decompress from the day.