3 1/2 – this is a very challenging age. I am not the first nor the last mother to utter those words.
Frequently heard coming from Harrison:
“You’re interrupting me”
“I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to Daddy”
“I don’t want to play with you anymore”
“You can’t touch that”
“I’m not going to be your friend anymore”
“You smell bad”
“I’m going to kick the house down”
“I don’t like that”
“I told you 5 times already”
“That is kind of Rude”
And a ton of whining – “I want to watch TVVVVVVVV”, “I want to watch Paw Patrol Saves Christmas”, “Where’s my light saber”, “I want Blanket”, “I didn’t say goodbye to daddy”, “Bennett touched me”, “but I was using that”, “but I WANT TO”, etc etc. in the most annoying whiny voice possible is really how you need to imagine those phrases. Sometimes they are followed by complete and total mental and physical breakdowns, which are seemingly for no reason or something that’s so minuscule that I’m not sure why he’s freaking out.
I’m having a really hard time dealing with this particular phase he’s going through.
My husband was like: I don’t know why he drives you so crazy.
But here’s the thing. Harrison is either talking to me or whining to me or bossing me around or asking me questions for 2-3 hours by the time Abe gets home, and by that point I’m completely spent with my patience. I mean I’m like cooking for, feeding, cleaning up, bathing, changing, and playing referee for two kids continuously during that time too so it’s not Just Harrison but really he does drive me nuts. Every single day, I have to remind him that he can’t eat out of his bowl like a puppy dog. Most days I have to remind him that we don’t eat soup with a straw. Most evenings I just have to say “Harrison, Mommy is NOT getting up one more time from dinner!” Like every 5 seconds he asks me for something, why is that? He obviously does not want me to sit down for 5 minutes to eat dinner.
There has to be something about this age. It’s relentless. It makes me want to wear noise cancelling headphones for days at a time. Why don’t I have the ability to handle this well? Why can’t he dress himself yet? Where do plants come from? How did that car get there? Where do you get a Christmas Tree – Ok, maybe those last 3 questions are Harrison’s echoing from my brain.