Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Testing Testing...

Whew, I can't believe it's been 5 days since I last blogged. I just haven't had the desire for some reason. Micah was such a handful last week and I was feeling overwhelmed with the task of correcting some of his not-so-good behaviour. There was the whining when we were visiting friends and the out-of-control running through the stores when we went to the mall and the endless testing - "if mom says I can't hit Keziah, how firmly can I pat her before it's considered hitting??" I know he's only 2 and a half, but I was starting to think that some of his "bad-ness" was irreversible...

But he seems more like his regular self this week. For starters, he's finally over his cold, which was probably the biggest culprit. And we are REALLY working on the whining. I've seen a noticeable difference in the way he asks for things this past week. Erik and I have been talking lots about our parenting techniques lately which is good. It's easy to feel like I'm the no-nonsense mom and he's the fun dad. And up until now we haven't really had a specific technique of parenting and I think it was time that we decide together how we were going to approach this new phase of rebellion and whining.


We are getting into some HOT weather here finally and yesterday I hauled out Micah's wading pool so he could play in the water while Keziah watched in her exersaucer. I managed to catch a video of Micah making a big splash:

10 comments:

Heather said...

Ouch! Was he laughing or crying at the end? James has already had a few bumps, and sometimes he thinks it's funny - and other times it is definately NOT funny!

Jamie said...

Definitely crying. And not because he was hurt but because his shirt got wet - go figure!

Karen said...

I've been feeling the same way! Whining, generally just getting on my nerves! Yikes, if they're like this at two, what about 15? Maybe it's because I'm almost to the end of this pregnancy, and my tolerance level has dropped - maybe that's it....I sure hope so!

Michelle said...

Ater all my so-called "advice" on whining, I've been dealing with the same thing here with Brooklyn. Just the past few days I've been wondering where my sweet little girl went. Today she's been better and have been really praising her when she talks nice and giving her what she wants when she asks nice and that seems to be helping a bit! That's pretty funny/cute about his shirt getting wet!! Have fun in the sunshine!!

The Kincaids said...

Just remember- everything is a phase.... just some 2-1/2 year old boys tend to last longer in those phases!! I have heard from many that boys are the hardest from 2-1/2 years to 3 years.... hold in there!!!! I keep telling myself TIME and TIME again- "This too shall pass"!!! Good luck! :)

Summer said...

That is such a cute video. Candace still crys when she gets wet. She likes to get wet all by herself.

Hope the whining phase doesn't last long for you.

Erin said...

Hey Jamie!!! I thought this video was adorable (the comp. in my hotel room doesn't have sound, so I'll have to listen again when we get home)but Micah AND Keziah are so stinkin' cute! By the way, that pool is so adorable...where did you find it???

kelly said...

cute video. funny that micah was upset about his shirt getting wet :)
i hope you're able to decide how to deal with his whining - good idea to talk about your parenting plan. a good reminder for us :)

Jon & Bonnie said...

I guess its a good thing that he was crying over a wet shirt and not because he was hurt hey!? Rather that then real pain :) Hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having! I have found it so refreshing and uplifting.
Welp...we leave for our trip on Friday so I won't be commenting for a while---have a great few weeks and I'll be checking for updates when we get back :) Take care Jamie!

Janelle said...

Kamryn has taken to whining quite a bit these days too! the only thing that works for her is to send her to her room for a time out. i tell her that she can't come out until her attitude has changed and she's happy! it actually works quite well...but who knows how long that will last for. but i hear from every other Mom that this was the age when their kids went through this stage...but that doesn't make it any easier right? and you have a little one to watch at the same time! but you gotta admit - it has to help a little because your kids are just SOOOOOOOO cute! :)
i'll be thinking of you, and sending a prayer up for you today! love ya!