Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Teenage-Tot

My baby girl turned 16 (months) today.

You could see it coming all week.

Moody. Going from happy-go-lucky to grump in .3 seconds. Testing boundaries, doing things she knows she isn't allowed to do, stretching her independence, wanting to make her own choices, being difficult...

I'm guessing her teen years are going to be this week multiplied by, well, 16.

And she looks waaaay too teenagery in that picture.

It doesn't help that she's cutting 3 teeth (numbers 11, 12, and 13, by the way). The molar is mostly in, the other two are in the front and taking their sweet time coming on in. I need to go stock up on teething tablets before our trip next week (if I can find them, they were recalled last fall and I don't know if they ever went back on the shelves).

It doesn't help that we are again transitioning from two naps to one. She started this transition back at the end of January, then she got sick and everything got screwed up for a couple of weeks while she was recovering. Now that she's 110% again, she's either not even trying to take a morning nap or wanting/needing it but refusing to go to sleep. That leaves us either taking a good nap around 1 or 2, or puts us off until 3 or 3:30 which makes for a nightmare evening. She woke up from her nap at 5:45 last night. Not good.

We will survive this week. My baby girl is growing up so fast, I don't want to begrudge her the fact that sometimes she's moving forward so fast her attitude can't keep up. Sometimes I think she literally doesn't know how to handle all of her new developments and just grumps in self defense. Other times I think she's delighting in her new found independence and opinionatedness. But for right this second, at 2:13pm, she's napping, and all is peaceful at 803 Bellevue.

1 comment:

Allison said...

I'm sure its frustrating for children at that age who are starting to feel so much yet still so limited in how they can express it. Hope she settles into a new nap routine soon and that her teenage years aren't as bad as you expect.:) you're a great mom Susie q. Keep up the good work!