My little guy is not quite yet 3, but definately getting there. Somedays I just plain feel as if I don't even like him anymore. It helps to remind myself that my other son drove me crazy at 3 too. So many things are getting to me. I wish I could get a better grip on this stage. I think I'm mostly acting okay toward him, but geesh -- I wanna crawl out of my own skin sometimes.
For one thing, everything he says is suddenly at top volume. It is *so* grating on my nerves. And he can't stand it if anyone else is trying to talk to me. He shouts right through his older brother trying to tell me things. And it goes on constantly -- jabber, jabber, jabber... How the heck do I teach a toddler not to interupt?
Tantrums. Constant tantrums. It doesn't ever matter how much foresight I use. His brother walking 3 steps in front of him on the way to the park will set him off. Every little thing.
Afternoon naps are phasing out -- but he is often passing out suddenly at dinnertime, and then waking up an hour later and bouncing off the walls until midnight. I'll lay in bed squeezing my eyes shut and he does summersaults over my body trying to get settled in.
When he doesn't nap -- he is a grouchy bear by dinnertime and from then until bedtime.
And forget about him sharing any of his toys with anyone -- ever! This is a constant struggle.
And the hardest part is that he only wants Mommy -- 24/7. DH is so willing to take over when he comes home, and ds screams and clings to me. I can't do anything without a 37 pound child climbing around on my, pulling at my shirt, fussing to nurse. Argh. This is awful, but for awhile I was giving him a marshmellow everytime he asked to nurse! I was so fed up, that I was actually weaning him onto marshmellows!!!!
Anyway, this has mostly turned into a long vent. But I'm all ears if anyone has words of wisdom for managing the constant demands, tantrums, and extremely high volume of my life these days!