February 5, 2010

Stuck On Repeat

That's how I feel. I feel like I'm stuck on repeat because I keep having to repeat myself every few minutes with Lex. "Lex, stop getting in Lola's face. Lex, stop trying to pull my pants down. Lex, don't throw things. Lex, stop chasing the dogs. Lex, stop laying on top of Lola. Lex, please, just one kiss and one hug then move away from Lola. Lex, Lex, Lex!!!" I forgot how challenging the threes are. Very challenging. So much so, that I think they should change it to "The Terrible Threes" and not "The Terrible Twos".

It's gotten so bad that when I first wake up in the morning I think....."Please, oh please let him wait till after I've had my first cup of tea before he starts his craziness!" I'm afraid to leave him alone with Lola for too long because he might really hurt her. I know that that he wouldn't do it on purpose, but still, she could get really hurt. I'm going to the bookstore to see if I can find anything that can teach me how to deal with him. I've been through it before with Raven, but that was a loooooooooong time ago. I need a refresher course!

Don't get me wrong, he is a sweet, loving (almost too much!), well behaved boy most of the time. I know that he's testing me, seeing how far he can go, and I hate it. I feel overloaded with things to do. House cleaning, cooking, taking care of the kids, the dogs, the cats, myself, and now I have to stop what I'm doing to make sure Lex is behaving himself. Every. Five. Minutes!! I'm at my breaking point and need help. So off I go in search of some answers on how to be a better Mommy!!! I'll leave you with a glimpse at my darling child......


3 thoughts:

Carlie said...

I try to take my boys outdoors every day (even in cold weather) and let them run rampant. That helps burn off a little energy. Have you read the book Sleepless in America? I dunno how sleep is going at your house but that can make a difference. I also try to remember to use positive phrasing and that helps me feel less broken-recordy...("Here, you fold the socks."instead of "Stop hitting your brother!"

Mom, Wife, Nina said...

I usually do take him out while Lola is napping, but it is either way too cold or he's been sick. January was tough.

Sleep is better with him than it is with Lola t the moment. -_- Lola!! :) I will look into that book though, You can never have enough information!!

I try so hard to keep positive phrasing in mind, but it's hard when I have to stop what I'm doing (again!) and walk in on him sitting on top of poor Lola (again!) giving lots of kisses and hugs, which she is not happy about. Whew! It's nonstop here all day. I'm hoping to find some help in the many books I'm going to be buying. LOL!!

Thanks so much for your advice, Carlie. :) I wish I had the patience you do. And your cooking skills. LOL!!

CaraBee said...

I am in the same place with my 2.5 yr old. I feel like I spend 2/3 of my day saying "No this" or "No that." It is unbelievably frustrating. It's also why she wil probably wind up being an only child.