2-year-olds x 2 = Tears (Lots of them)
The girls are two. Call it terrible, terrific, tantruming, whatever; the twos are not my favorite age to parent. Dakotapastor adores two-year olds. That is because he gets the girls in small doses. I live with them all.day.long.
I can handle a lot of things.
I can handle the diapers.
I can handle the messes.
I can handle reading The Snowy Day fifty times a day; along with the extra narration required “Yes, up, up, up the hill.”, “Yes, Peter is in the tubby”, “No, it is not tubby time.”
I can even handle the all day doling out of snacks.
What I cannot seem to handle gracefully is the incessant whining and crying.
Because when two toddlers whine and cry all day long it is becomes increasingly difficult for this mom to not resort to yelling.
For example, this morning Lizzie whined and cried at the breakfast table for a full 20 minutes…while eating her food. Then she had a full blown tantrum while I wiped her face, and finally I decided to start over and put her back into her bed.
Last night Emily cried so hard that she had a coughing fit that was non stop…all because her mean mom was making her sleep in her own bed instead of mom’s.
There are the tears over the wrong crayons, wrong books and wrong television shows.
There are tears because we are not going “bye-bye” and there are tears because we are going “bye-bye”.
We have tears over shoes vs. boots.
We have tears over the dog leaving the room (I kid you not).
And this, my friends, is why I count down to naptime like a 5 year old counts down to Christmas.
And this, my friends, is why I put them to bed at 7 pm every night and get growly about midweek lenten services.
By the end of the day, I’m not sure which of the three of us is more worn out.
And yet, these little girls are such blessings. I pray that the crying will decrease as their verbal skills increase. I so enjoy snuggling them close and looking into their sweet eyes. I am enjoying watching them grow up. I’m really hoping that my memory does not have a soundtrack. I’d rather remember this time as a lot of time snuggling and reading together and doing puzzles, not me counting down to naptime!
Chime in! Do you have any advice on taming a pair of crybabies? Or, just bring me coffee:)
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