Friday, August 12, 2011

The TerribleTwo's? or it is The Terrible Three's?

As much as I hate to say it there was a time when I did not like my baby.  I always loved her but I just went through a phase (thankfully it was just a phase) when I just could not relate to her and it seemed that her primary purpose in life was to make sure I was in constant hell.  My husband said that our oldest did the same thing but that I just could not remember.  It is certainly possible as my memory is not at all what it once was but nonetheless I was at a loss.  I used to pray for God to shield my poor baby from my frustrations toward her.  Do you get the picture?  It was pretty bad.

I am writing this to tell you that this phase started when she turned 2.5 and I now know it ended at 3.5.  It is a phase and it does end!  I promise.  Whew!  What a long year that was!  I seriously thought at times that I just had a bad kid.  She would look for things to do to annoy me and then she would relentlessly repeat the action until I would be in search of a window to jump out of.  But the conclusion has been delightful.  Inara and I got out of this phase in our lives unscathed and better for it.  I now see the wonderful, kind, sensitive, loving and disciplined little lady that I looked for for 12 long months.  She is our pride and joy and the cutest little thing ever!

This is for all you parents out there going through the same thing.  You are not a bad person.  The way you feel is natural and I have been there too.  And even if the timing of your child is different form mine your baby is not a bad kid.  It is just a phase so hang in there!

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