just last week the husband and i were discussing that just shy of the 6th anniversary of her birth, Emily is finally, finally getting out of her terrible twos (which for us, unsurprisingly, started at 18 months). she’s really made a turn. she’s listening. she has stopped having hourly tantrums. and she’s even become more polite to us and to jhoanne. and she’s playing with her brother. she has NEVER played with him before.
we are so relieved.
the only problem?
guess who has started picking up where his big sister left off? um, yes, that would be my very own Josh Vader. just as Emily made a turn for the better, Josh has taken his very own turn to the dark side.
all i have to say is that he sure is lucky that he has eyelashes that i would kill for. because otherwise, i would kill him. well, not kill him, but punish him but good. if only i could figure out how to punish him. i haven’t been able to even raise my voice with him since the whole joshie-broke-mommys-camera-so-mommy-cut-up-joshie’s-blanket incident.
he’s stopped listening. completely. at first we thought he might need a hearing test…but then we smartened up and realized he wasn’t deaf, he wasÃ‚Â just completely tuning us out.
he wrote his name on my wall. in big, giant marker. and then lied about it.
him: “no, mommy, it wasn’t me. it was bella”
me: “joshie, isabella is 18 months old. she can’t write yet.”
him: “emily, then!”
so…i got out a piece of paper and a marker and had them each write out Joshua. then we compared. then he admitted it was him. oh, joshie, just a tip….if you don’t want to get caught…don’t write your own name. with your signature backwards “j”
he lost a week of starwars lego xbox. he was NOT happy with us. (but go us for standing our ground and actually following through on a punishment)
and here’s the kicker…
he peed in my garbage can. the garbage can that sits right beside my toilet. i have no idea what possessed him to do this. is this a boy thing? does it only get worse from here?