At first, I thought that spending almost a full week with his dad was the culprit. He always needs an adjustment period. Maybe my apartment is too under-stimulating.
But for the past several days I’ve noticed the following:
1.) Temper tantrums for the most mundane parent-redirects- i.e. taking away dog kibble from his hand and replacing it with a toy gets a kicking and screaming fit.
2.) Diapering- again, kicking and screaming. Changing him is like a entering a baby battlefield.
3.) Biting- luckily he doesn’t have many teeth yet, but he gums my arm when I pick him up from an activity that isn’t child-friendly, like trying to open cabinet doors.
4.) Grabbing my knees- when I need to blow dry my hair or brush my teeth.
5.) Terrorizing the dog- pulling my second baby’s ears until he yelps.
6.) Incessant need to be in my arms- he was always an independent baby, on the move, so this behavior is new.
7.) Dressing- he would love nothing more than to sit in nothing but a diaper and wrestles with me to put on clothes. It’s exhausting.
8.) Eating- feeding the dog his crackers and then crying when the dog actually eats them!
9.) Walking- refuses to walk and still prefers to crawl everywhere.
Any thoughts or advice? Should I gear up for the “terrible twos” a year early?