The past couple of weeks, my girls have been kicking my butt. My oldest (3 ½) has been asking question after question ("Why? But why? Yeah, but why?"), not even listening to my answer before she fires off the next question. Remember those ditzy girls in high school whom you knew were smart but acted dumb to get attention? She's acting like that. Books we've read a zillion times--ones she could recite--she suddenly "doesn't get." During my best moments I'm trying to figure out where on earth she's learned this awful act, and during my worst, I feel like she's merely calculating how far she can push me before I'll snap.
Meanwhile, my youngest (19 months) has decided that sleep is for...other people who are not her. She's been waking at night, not napping during the day, and acting like an over-caffeinated, grumpy baboon all the time. Anything that's dangerous to climb, she's there. A wall that hasn't yet been scribbled on? Don't worry. She's got a crayon stashed under mommy's radar for that express purpose. Eating? Nah. Not today. Which makes the grumpiness even worse. She's been biting her sister, hitting the dog, and basically been a royal terror.
Yesterday I actually looked up the moon calendar to see if it happened to be full; there has to be some cosmic explanation as to why my sweet girls have both suddenly turned into the evil stepsisters. The moon won't be full for another two weeks. They're not sick. So what could be going on?
The answer is that it's probably a phase: a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad phase. And they're both in this phase at once. They're two headstrong, opinionated little girls, and that will serve them well throughout their lives. But now? When they're little? It can be...challenging. All I can do is batten down the hatches, take it one day at a time, and try to come through with my patience intact. It might be easier said than done.
What's the hardest (worst, most annoying, terrible, no good, very bad) phase your kids have been through? How did you survive?