We’ve entered a new phase of parenting. It’s Survival: Level 2 — the case of the pre-terrible 2’s.
The other day Ari went over to where we keep his Happy Baby Pouches, grabbed one and brought it over to me. I could tell he wanted it, so I opened it and handed it back to him.
This is how things have worked well for us in the past. Well, until this particular day.
I walked away for about 60 seconds. Chad & I were both within two or so feet from him. But I was looking away as he was “eating” and as soon as I turned back around, he was ‘painting’ our white walls with his purple pureed food. … and all over the carpet.
And the worst part? He was smiling.
He knew exactly what he was doing.
And since then, he’s been testing us over and over again.
Our sitter had to put him into time out (his first ever) five times in ONE day! For reasons ranging from not listening to completely disobeying her “Ari don’t touch – it’s hot” commands…. to which, of course, he looked at her, smirked, and reached out again.
I know he’s testing us — I know he’s pushing his limits; but that doesn’t make this any easier. It’s downright painful. And, sadly, I know it’s not going to get any easier.
So what are your tricks, besides ‘just survive,’ to getting through this testing stage?