Thursday, November 06, 2008

Angsty

We haven't had too many issues of jealousy with Becca yet. She mostly just ignored Andrew for the first month. Suddenly, now she is very affectionate with him. She wants to hug him and scratch his back and cover him with blankets and kiss him and stroke his head and cough, open-mouthed right in his face. Nothing like toddler love. She has already given him a mild cold, that I am not freaking out about (Seriously! I mean it!)

This morning, though, she showed me a bit of a different side. This morning, I was holding Andrew and nursing him and she was trying to climb into my lap and rest her head on my chest. I held both of them and thought it was kind of cute. Then, I handed Andrew to Jo Anne and Becca was all over her. I told her not to move the glider rocker ottoman, and she did it anyway. I yelled at her. She crumpled up and cried. I felt terrible. She wouldn't let me get her tights on (nothing new there) and when I took her outside to try to herd her into the car, she took off running. I chased her down in the neighbors' yard and she fell down on her knees, ripping her tights and getting mud and grass stains on them.

I manhandled her into the car. As we were driving , I suggested that she and I go somewhere special tomorrow, just us. She said, "No." She only wanted to go if Daddy, Andrew and Gee Gee (Jo Anne) went too. I was all smiles and trying to chat with her. She just glowered at me.

I am really dreading the teenage years.

12 comments:

Kristi said...

I feel your pain.

Most of the time, I have a sweet adorable 6 year old, but once in a while I catch glimpses of the teenager she is going to be.

Surprisingly (or not), it's a lot like I was as a teenager.

I'm scared.

Katie said...

Oh yea. I was the WORST pre-teen ever. I was angry and full of hatred toward everyone. It was like the worst possible case of PMS that lasted for 5 years straight. HELL.

Natalie said...

Matt and I already know we're screwed with Olivia. She's now even yelling at her sister in Portuguese. She's strong-willed and bossy. The only nice glimpse into the future I see is when she's a mom. Damn can that girl take care of her babydolls! She even shows Lila how to nurse her dolls on both sides and reprimands her, calmly, when she doesn't. Her mind is never far away from her dolls. If she makes it through her teenage years (she's going to be TROUBLE) and college years, and someone decides he's tough enough to marry her, she'll make a diligent, great mom (to infants, at least) and bossy, bitchy wife. Poor future son-in-law.

I can't even tell you how many pairs of tights we've lost in the same situation you had today! URGH.

Jen said...

Oh totally. I am so dreading the teenage years here, with TWO of these monsters waiting to torment me. And I will know where it came from: me. Dammit.

Angie said...

Oh yeah, we worry about the teenage years, too. I think Ashlyn will just be an emotional mess, like, um, me.

sgtsharp said...

Katie you werent all that bad.
Wait till Andrew bites his sister. like I use to do with my older sister.

Justine said...

You have no idea what's coming your way! I love Sarah dearly, but some days I wonder if she'll survive the teenage years. Either that or I'll go totally bonkers.

The Quinn Report said...

Lots and lots of wine will ease it all! That, and maybe some prescription drugs (for some people!)

The Quinn Report said...

Or, I see therapy in our near future!

bevo said...

Katie, You were NOT THAT bad! What's that saying? Becoming a grandparent is God's way of rewarding parents for not killing their children? We've been rewarded and you're still alive.

Erin said...

Oh honey. I'm sorry!

For what it's worth, my only suggestion is the MAKE that one-on-one thing happen. Calum has been a Daddy's Boy for a long time now, and it definitely got more so after Emmett came along. But when it's just the two of us, we really enjoy each other.

lisa said...

Touche....the last few days Mackenzie has almost been hit on the head with an empty juice bottle, had her cheeks pinched, her arm twisted, feet yanked on by her usually loving brother. My parents are here right now and I think that is making it worse because he doesn't get all of the attention. However, my husband is gone and the parents leave on Wed so Im a little worried how two weeks of single parenting is going to go....