Tuesday, September 21, 2010

four month shots, and my spirited child

Booger Head had his four month check up today. Weight check was good, 18Ibs 6oz. Carlos is such an awesome doctor. Two needles, at the same time, in the thigh, less than 3 seconds. Hardly even a cry this time. He got his first shots with Dr Parkinson(Carlos was on vacation), and it was horrible! One shot, 5-10 seconds of agony as she pushed the syringe in, then only to be repeated in the other thigh, with the next shot. He screamed like I've never heard him before!

So I kept hearing about this book, Raising your spirited child, on an online parenting forum I frequent, and it kept calling out to me. So I spotted it at the library the other day, and decided to check it out. Wow, it almost describes The Princess perfectly. The basic definition of a spirited child is they are just like regular children, but more. For example, a regular child when being surprised with a trip to the park would probably have a big smile, and be like, "Yay!! We're going to the park! Yippee". When we tell The Princess we are going to the park as a surprise she's like, "HOLY SHIT, REALLY??? OH MY GOD I LOVE GOING TO THE PARK, ARE WE GOING RIGHT NOW, AND CAN I BRING ALL MY TOYS, AND CAN WE GET SOME ICE CREAM, AND PLAY WITH ALL THE KIDS, AND GO DOWN THE SLIDE A MILLION TIMES, AND NEVER NEVER NEVER COME HOME, CAN WE CAN WE CAN WE!!!!!?". Of course, not in those exact words, but that's essentially what she wants to say I'm sure. Unfortunately it works the other way around too. Most kids(2 almost 3 year olds), when asked to do something they don't want to do, like say getting dressed for the day(one of our recent constant struggles), might say no, and walk away, maybe have a small tantrum or something like that. The Princess is like, "NOOOO, I CAN'T TAKE MY TINKERBELL JAMMIES OFF OR I MIGHT DIE! I HATE YOU FOR TRYING TO MAKE ME, AND WILL NEVER GET DRESSED EVERRRRR MUAHAHAHA, YOU CAN'T MAKE ME, AND I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU SUFFER BY DRAGGING THIS OUT TO TAKE A MINIMUM OF A HALF HOUR, AND DON'T EVEN THINK OF FORCING ME, OR I'LL SCRATCH MY OWN FACE SO IT LOOKS LIKE I'M ABUSED, MUAHAHAH!". Again, not in those exact words, but I think you can get the gist of her tone.

I'm looking forward to reading some of the suggestions this book has for me.

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