Monday, November 14, 2011


I was in a meeting this weekend where one woman told me she missed the "needy stage" with her children. Another woman said she definitely didn't.

At this stage, I'm agreeing with Woman #2. We'd had a rough morning getting out the door to school. We usually have rough mornings. Not only is Baby Plum needy, so is Little Elvis. He can dress himself, but it takes lots of battles to get that done. He can do lots of things by himself, but he chooses instead to fight me on just about all of them.

Our current biggest battle is buckling the seatbelt. He's done it once. It was a battle. Now, we're going in stages. He's gotten to where he pulls out the belt, but he maintains that he absolutely cannot put the belt between the armrest and the seat. Once we're there, he just has to buckle it.

I want this done before Cheese Puff is born. Little Elvis doesn't.

I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on several of our battles. He usually puts his dishes in the sink, will dress himself, will put on his shoes, will brush his teeth, rinse out the brush and sink and turn off the light. We're getting there.

And obviously Baby Plum is needy. But he seems to be trying on lots of fronts. He tries to help me dress and undress him. He lies down for diaper changes. It helps.

But with two super needy kids and a growing belly, I'm tapped out. This is bad news for Slappy. She used to just be a normal cat who preferred Bob to me. Now, she will not leave me alone. She will pet at me until I pet her, and I can't keep her away. It doesn't help that my allergies get worse during pregnancies.

I do love our cat, but wow do I wish she would be more content with me petting her while doing other things, and with the boys petting her. She's just a little too much for me most days.


Blogger Ann Wyse said...

I'm agreeing with woman #2, also.

It sounds like you are so close with Little Elvis and the seatbelt. I'm crossing my fingers for you!

10:12 PM  

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