Thursday, June 18, 2009

Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

I think it's official. The terrible twos are upon us. Yuck! The boys have become more irritable, they are demanding, they're aggressive (actually for now Jackson is the aggressive one but I'm sure he'll rub off), they spend a lot of time in "Time Out" and they throw spectacular tantrums. Oh the tantrums...

Don't believe my sweet looking little boys are capable of such terrible things? Just wait until you see the pictures! First though, I feel like I need to build the story from yesterday afternoon just so you can see how fast they go from adorable crowd pleasers (literally) to little monsters in the car.

Yesterday on our way home from a meeting I had at church, I decided to stop by the basketball camp Nick is working at. I knew the morning session of camp was about to end and thought the boys would love running around a gym and seeing Nick. When we walked in, camp was just wrapping up. The boys were pumped to be in a huge gym, see lots of kids and lots of balls. The squeals were hilarious! I so wish I'd had my video camera with me because the excited signs and talking (basketball! coach! balls! etc) were so funny! Nick and I kept saying and signing "wait" which they would then say and sign back and then they'd run a happy little circle around us in anticipation. It was quite entertaining for all the parents waiting to pick up their kids.

When camp broke up the boys had a blast running around and a lot of the kids (whose parents weren't there yet) were great with the boys.

Then we had to leave.

Uh oh.

The boys did not want to leave the gym and they certainly did not want to leave all those basketballs. Oh boy. The crying and fit throwing started as soon as we tried to leave the gym, and continued in the hall and all the way out to the car. Nick and the head coach even grabbed a few extra balls to give the boys for the ride home in hopes it would calm them a bit. Nope. Chase enjoyed looking at his, but he was in a relatively good mood to begin with. My other two angels?

And this was after we'd already been on the road for 10 minutes!

They did that the whole way home. They were so worked up and crabby I didn't even bother trying to force feed them lunch. They went right down for their nap and I didn't hear from them for 3.5 hours (over 4 for Ty!).


beckerfamily said...

I love how Chase is just like, "Can you do something about them?"

Samantha said...

lol. The look on Chase's face is great. I love how he just sitting there while the other 2 go bonkers. lol

Momma-of-5 said...

The best part is that you had the presence of mind to take pictures of them thrashing about! =)

It's all about the positive spin, Helen!

brocks*mom said...

Ooh, poor Helen. Three terrible twos!

Being two is really hard.

Aimee said...

I don't know how you get them out of the car and deal with that. I can barely handle my one when a trantrum is taking over.

Sarah said...

Oh, I know all about those tantrums. Funny pics.

Aunt Laura said...

haha. is it terrible to say that is hilarious? ;-)sorry you had to deal with that though..

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Ah, yes. Aren't those terrible twos fun? When they aren't even two yet? Emma has started the same--I feel your pain!

brossettelewis said...

Oh no they are early! No terrible two-ing early! Aww poor little men. If you think about it their adjusted due date for terrible two-ing is still several months away.

But hey, congrats on the 3.5-4 hr naps! Yay hoo!

Laurie said...

Quick random question for you- how did you teach the boys sign language so well?? Just constant repetition or a particular video or something else? How old were they when they really started to catch on? We’ve been trying to teach our little guy (he’s 11 months), but so far, only ‘hungry’, ‘sleepy’ and ‘all done!’ have caught on. (And my husband thinks I’m imagining things to see even those three!) :) Thanks!

Helen said...

Laurie, From about months 6-12 we used the Baby Einstein My First Signs DVD and my husband and I were diligent about always using those signs with the boys. Not much happened though! We were pumped when they finally did more and then "milk" around age 1. Shortly after they turned 1 I tried the Baby Signing Time DVDs (got them at the library) and the boys sign language skills just exploded!

Even though they can "talk" now, they still love learning the signs. It's great too for big words they'd have a hard time with (like "Elephant" which they signed at the zoo the other day).

Basically I highly recommend the Baby Signing Time and Signing Time DVDs. Good luck!


Brenda said...

CLASSIC! Good to know my kid isn't the only one to throw a wallop of a tantrum.

Allison said...

So glad mine aren't the only ones!

Eesh said...

What time do the boys go to bed after they've taken such a long nap?? =O I can't even fathom having Ayla sleep that long for fear I'd be up half the night with her lol.

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