I am sooooo glad to hear that it is the age, not the kid!
Katie is 3 years 7 months. I have a love/hate relationship with this age.
She is basically a very sweet, gentle kid. She adores her little sister, which is a godsend.
I love her imagination, her intelligence, her personality, and her thoughts.
She has started preschool this year and is flourishing. She loves it.
But she has discovered how to whine. And, unfortunately, she has discovered just how
it makes me. She's also been throwing massive hour long tantrums over nothing. I know, of course, that the catalyst for the outburst really is more about sleep and emotional endurance than anything else, but it is a little difficult to remember that when she is screaming that we gave her the round cheese instead of the string cheese.
We have been on an emotional rollercoaster since Emily arrived. Emily was born with a cleft palate, but it wasn't discovered until she was 5 weeks old. There was a lot of stress and tension while we figured out what was wrong. When we finally figured out what was going on, I started pumping. It took a while to build my supply up, and for months and months, I was literally tied to the pump for hours and hours each day. It was very difficult and I have had to ask for a lot of patience from Katie. To her immense credit, she has responded wonderfully.
Fast forward to 4 weeks ago. One of our neighbor's passed away. His wife is a friend of mine, and his 3.5 year old little girl is a friend of Katie's. While our stress can't begin to compare to their's, it has had a big impact on Katie. She is suddenly very fearful when Daddy goes out. She wants to know where he is at all times. While she hasn't asked if he is going to die, I think it is clear that it is on her mind. To top it all off, 3 weeks ago, Emily had the surgery to repair her cleft palate. I had to be away from Katie for a night so I could stay with Emily. We had a 10 day recovery period that was very difficult. We had family staying from out of town to help out, and while they were indispensible to me, I think it placed even more stress on her. Needless to say, this has been very difficult for Katie, and I think she has had enough.
I feel like we are getting back to the normal angst that tries 3 year olds, but it has been difficult to tell what is her age, and what is her circumstance.