Count me in. Ds is 14 months old, and even though he rarely throws full on tantrums or cries, his persistence and iron will, and his nonstop intense activity, really tests my patience, especially by the end of the day. I usually do great until about 4-5pm, and then I am watching the clock until dh gets home at 6:30.
You know how all the parenting books tell you to distract the baby with another item if you need to take something from them for whatever reason? Well, the last time this worked with ds was at about 8 months old. Now not only does he want to grab and thoroughly inspect everything that is either dangerous, dirty, breakable, or needed by me (like the car keys), but there is no distracting him when I need him to give it back to me or get it away from him. If I try to hide something out of his view, he watches my hand and then remembers where I put it. He is incredibly strong, phsyically, too, and really knows how to use his body to get whatever it is he wants.
He is such a happy kid, and so charming and smart, and I really do admire his perseverence and intensity, but never getting a still moment really does drain me sometimes. It has made my dh concerned that "doing the AP thing" is too hard on me, and he is hesitant about having another baby.
The times I handle it best is when I just surrender whatever it is that I'm trying to get done - clean house, cook dinner, shopping, watch tv, whatever - and just give up and get down and play with him. I always forget that it's really our conflicting agendas that is causing the problem, not him. It's him wanting to be a baby, and me trying to do adult things that it causing me to stress. This isn't always practical, but when I can remind myself to do this, even if it's the last thing I feel like doing at the moment, it does help to calm me out, and we usually end up laughing together.
I also try to remind myself what an incredible person he is going to be (already is too!). I think about adults I know who don't have his persistence, his curiousity, his intensity, and how well these qualities will serve him in life. And cliche as it is, I also try to remind myself that this is such a short period in time when I am needed 24/7. Pretty soon his life will no longer revolve around me.