I got this. What she doesn't know is this ain't my first rodeo.
Ahh, the terrible twos is rearing it's ugly head.
"Mommy, can I watch Tangled?...Mommy, I wanna watch Tangled!....Mommy, I WANNA WATCH TANGLED NOW!!!!"
She's a demanding impatient little thing, too. See, when Cameron was a toddler, I read all kinds of books about these strange creatures. He liked to throw a temper tantrum or two. And I remember reading several times that part of the problem with toddlers is that they can't communicate as well as they would like. They are impulsive and have difficulty with emotions and feelings. Ha! Not Bella. She has been communicating just fine for the past year. In complete sentences. And she will repeat herself over and over and over again if you don't answer fast enough (which I admit I tend to tune her out sometimes - third baby syndrome, it happens). The worst thing is that she expects to get things right away. Example - food. If you don't get up and get it fast enough, she just helps herself to the pantry. She is starting to watch more t.v., but has 3 particular shows that she will watch - Tangled, Up and Toy Story 3. And she will only watch them for 20 minutes at a time before she is demanding that you put on a new movie.
"No" has become one of her favorite words. And she has been known to hit me, albeit not very hard, which shows me that she is very aware that it is wrong and she's almost afraid to do it, but then she still goes through with it.
She's learning to be sneaky. For example, she loves to get in the drawers of my bathroom and get out my moisturizer or my eye makeup remover. She'll come downstairs and approach me cautiously with a sly smile on her face and her hands behind her back. Letting me know she's got something back there that she knows I know she shouldn't have. It's like she's telling on herself - OR like she wants me to see that she can get away with it and is throwing it in my face.
She knows where to find the candy, she empties out all the wipes (changing Baby's diaper), she likes to snack constantly, takes off her diaper, she eats my chapstick, calls random people from my cell phone, climbs chairs/stools to get to higher cabinets and shelves, plays in my closet while knocking all my clothes off the hangers onto the floors, empties the bucket of hundreds of little rubber bands that Cam uses to make his bracelets, empties Jackson's bird food onto his floor, sprays herself with Josh's cologne, sneaks into our garage. She has even climbed onto one of my kitchen counters, got a bottle of ibuprofen from the cabinet, and dumped it all over the floor. Thankfully, she didn't like the taste so she didn't ingest any of it. Needless to say, you can't let this little girl out of your sight.
Since spanking hasn't really worked (if you ask her if she wants you to spank her butt, she will answer "Yes. Spank my butt"), we've started with time out and it seems to work better. She will actually sit there (while crying the entire time, but she stays put).
One thing I've noticed about myself this time around is that I'm more patient with her. Maybe because she's a girl, maybe because she's my baby, and maybe because I'm older and more experienced. Probably all of the above. She's definitely the easiest so far, and I do contribute that to her sex. Boys are just downright wild, loud, and defiant. And despite how exhausting she can be sometimes, I'm enjoying this time with her. She's so lovable and full of emotion and happy almost all of the time. She's so easy to please. She plays so well (and so quitely) by herself, talking to her babies and cooking in her little kitchen. It's a nice change of pace.
And yet, every once in a while, you will still hear "Bella! What did you get into!?" Or my favorite, "Does anybody know where Bella is????"
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.