Wow. We had a horrible case of the terrible twos at our house last night. I was in tears by the end of the night, and I still feel bad about all of it.
Rylie is usually a happy kid. Sure, she gets fussy if she is hungry or tired, but who doesn’t? Hell, I still do. And luckily we haven’t had too many “terrible two” episodes. But when we do have them, they are BAD.
She didn’t have a nap yesterday at school. And since most of my readers are moms, I probably don’t even need to go into detail about what happens when a two year old doesn’t nap. I think “emotional basket case” would be the best description for my little princess when she doesn’t nap. At around 5:00 she just changes. Like night and day. She goes from being this happy little playful sweetheart, to some kind of whiny, tantrum-throwing little b-r-a-t. (We try real hard not to ever say that word.) Every little thing that doesn’t go her way ends up being the end of the world in her mind.
So back to last night…
When I got to school she starting crying as soon as she saw me. And real crying too…not the fake stuff she sometimes does. Apparently she had been being mean to one of her friends and was asked to apologize. Of course she didn’t want to. She cried the whole time I was getting Bryce and cried all the way out to the car. The crying continued when we got home. Everything was an issue. I don’t even remember all of the things she was crying about because the whole night was just a big cry-fest. You get the idea, right?
After her bath is when things really started going downhill. I was able to get her diaper on her (she is still wearing diapers at night) and that was it. She didn’t want her jammies. She wouldn’t let me brush her teeth. So I finally put her in her crib in just a diaper and told her I loved her and she needed to go to sleep. As I started to walk out, she started screaming hysterically and jumping around like a monkey on crack! I’m not kidding you. As frustrated as I was with her, I didn’t want her to hurt herself, so I took her out of her crib. I just held her close until she calmed down.
She finally let me get her jammies on her and brush her teeth. Still crying, though. She was asking for Daddy so I took her downstairs and handed her to Brian and went in my room to cool off. One minute later she wanted me so I laid in my bed with her and rubbed her back and just kept telling her I loved her. A few minutes later I took her to her bed and she went to sleep. She sobbed in her sleep even for an hour or so.
After I put her in bed, I just lost it. There is nothing worse for me than to see my kids upset like she was. It sucks. And it sucks even more when it is over nothing and there is really nothing you can do to make it stop. I felt like I was being mean to her, even though I wasn’t, because I was getting so frustrated. It was all so horrible. Like I said, I am still so frazzled over it all, and now I’m crying again. I hated hearing her sob in her sleep over the monitor last night. That was the worst.
I hope today is a better day for my Rylie, so tonight can be a better night for all of us.
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