my discerning guys - that poor pumpkin just didn't stand a chance!
Twenty-two months is a wonderful age, Little Smith makes me laugh out loud everyday. He is trying so hard to talk and mimics everything we do. He's pretty much the cutest thing ever... except for when he's not. I am really trying not to harp on this, because I know it is all a completely healthy part of his development, but the tantrums and snits and meltdowns can really spoil an afternoon.
When we are out playing at the park or enjoying family time he is a perfect angel, but accomplishing the simplest errand has become such a hassle. Lately the bulk of his hostility has been directed at grocery shopping. He used to charm all of our fellow shoppers with his adorableness, now he sits and scowls... pointing and whining at things he wants, things he doesn't like (and presumably would like removed from the planet), things blocking his view from other things he wants... so delightful.
The best is saved for last, the dreaded check-out. He seems to think all of our groceries are being stolen from us and no matter how many times I explain that we will get them back, the whole exchange makes for a giant flip-out. Giant. He has also taken to doing this at the library when we check out books, at the post office when we 'give up' our letters... the kid does not want to part with his stuff and he's not messing around.
Except that I get the feeling he is messing around, with me! I'm working hard to stay firm, set boundaries, discipline, but Little Smith is working equally hard to play me like a fiddle (don't worry I'm not giving in, the same can not be said for pop!).
I do know that this is normal, that he is a wonderful kid and everyone goes through some variation of this. I also know that not only will this pass, but that there is much much more to come. I know. And I keep these facts in mind when I am trying to return something at Target and find myself apologetically explaining to the cashier that 'he's having a little trouble parting with things' as the wails and crocodile tears flow.
Getting anything done lately can be a pretty big headache, but somehow every time it gets really nutty Little Smith turns it around and decides to be a sweetheart. Luckily he's also got that cutest thing ever deal going, it sure doesn't hurt.