Little did I know that my freshly painted bedroom walls doubled as a chalk board. When I saw this toddler art that my son made this morning I let out a yelp like an injured dog. Then I realized that it was chalk and it could probably be cleaned pretty easily, so I took a quick pic. Luckily I was right, it was very easy to clean.
Owen is all boy and really giving us a run for our money. He is not the best sleeper so far. Lately he has been waking up in the night and when we go in his room he says, “Go! Milk!” with his arms outstretched. He wants us to take him in the kitchen and warm him up some milk, and most times we do, just because we know it’s five minutes to a usual guaranteed five more hours of sleep. This is not good, because we have created a monster. He was sleeping through the night and then here in the past few weeks he started waking again. The other kicker, to Stephan’s chagrin, is that he wants “Daddy”, not momma to get and give the milk. How do I rate? I guess it’s ok though, it’s usually only in the middle of the night that he specifically wants Daddy. I guess I will continue to humbly bow out and let him be the preferred parent at 2 am, and I am all torn up about it on the inside…
We are also dealing with a little bit of the aggressive nature that goes with boys. I never noticed Emerie being so rough. Owen likes to jump on Emerie, pull her hair, and roughhouse with her. She is a screamer so when he takes something that is hers, she gets in his face and screams a blood curdling scream, then he looks at her with disbelief and hauls off and whacks her in the face. This is quite a show, believe me, and most of the time I feel like a referee that drones on and on about “soft touches.”
So, if you have any words of wisdom, feel free to pass them on. I have to mention with all of the above challenging situations he really is a lovely child. He is a cuddle bug, something Emerie wasn’t at that age. He loves to kiss and hug and be read to. He is a sweet boy, but exactly that, he is all boy, but we love him and we’ll probably decide to keep him in the end:-)