Terribly Independent: The problem comes with the fact that she also thinks that she can do EVERYTHING on her own. She wants to buckle herself in the car, get herself food out of the pantry, walk in the street by herself and basically do everything by herself, which means once simple tasks now take much longer and I have to do things like clean up an entire tub of oatmeal that fell out of the pantry closet as a result of Ryan helping herself to some pretzels.
Terribly Imaginative: With that ever increasing imagination, she has also begun to be scared of monsters, dinosaurs, and who knows what else at night. Bedtime has become a challenge and our once great sleeper has recently become significantly more difficult to deal with than her infant counterpart. I have had some extremely frustrating nights with her because I refuse to let her sleep in our bed and yet I want to acknowledge that her fears are real and therefore I need to help her work through them. It is a hard line to walk, especially at 3:00am.
Terribly Verbal: Of course there are many words that come out of her mouth that are not nearly so sweet. I've heard the word no so many times that I sometimes feel like my head is going to explode. Recently she said "Mommy! I'm made with you! Why you make me cry?" after I wouldn't let her do something she wanted to do. She tells me to leave her alone or get out of her room when she's angry and I want to laugh almost every time because it's so hilarious that this attitude is coming out of her little two year old mouth and yet it also infuriates me to no end. We also need to work on what is appropriate to say outside of the house and what isn't. For instance, she is very interested in ahem...anatomy these days. Josh and I have decided to teach her the anatomical words for everything if she asks and the other day at the mall, she exclaimed to a woman in the bathroom, "I"m Ryry and this is my nose and these are my eyes and this is my gina!" Oh good Lord child. I left the bathroom slightly red faced but also with tears in my eyes from laughing so hard.
Terribly Strong-Willed: Her determination also rears its head in terms of being extremely strong-willed. She throws stage 5 tantrums when she wants to do something and I won't let her. There are days where I find it very challenging to deal with her because everything seems to be a fight. I am the queen of letting her throw tantrums no matter where we are because I refuse to give in to her demands, but that has lead to a number of very loud outings and I'm sure there are many customers out there that are really sick of "The Ryan Show." I swear I wanted to drop kick her in the grocery store the other day!
Terribly Emotion Filled: She may be an excitable and loving little two year old when you do something she likes, but oh boy when she's angry, watch out. Her tantrums make me want to pull my hair out and I've resorted to time outs and being sent to her room recently just so I don't have to hear the screaming as much. It amazes me that such a little person can make so much noise! There are days where it seems I can't ask her to do anything, changing her diaper (yes we're still in diapers) is the biggest challenge, and even though she loved macaroni and cheese last week, she's flat out refusing it this week like I'm trying to feed her asparagus. I gotta hand it to her, the kid knows what she wants and what she doesn't.