Joseph turned two on January 19. He contracted a nasty tummy flu on January 26 and is just now completely recovered from its ill effects. Well, at least it would appear so...if I were a superstitious woman, I would swear that said tummy virus altered his personality and that is why he is suddenly screeching, shaking his head back and forth, throwing his sturdy little body onto the ground and banging his precious little head on the floor in frustration.
When does he do this, you ask? Hmmm...when mommy attempts to cut his pancakes, when mommy picks him up during Mass, when anyone tries to take off his shoes and socks, when any family member attempts to protect him from being nailed by his sister swinging in the backyard, when one of his servants delays getting the little prince his juice in a timely manner. He was absolutely inconsolable when I refused his wish to eat candy for dinner. And yes, this is the sixth two-year old I have raised. I know the drill. These refusals are done lovingly. I do not like labels, but if I had to explain my parenting style to someone, I would say attachment-parenting with common sense would be a good definition. :) Unfortunately, it would appear that a two year old doesn't react well to common-sense parenting.
Oh, and this is the kid who is playing football in the backyard right now with his Daddy and big brother. Happy as a lark, he runs to and fro excited, joyful, cute as a button. Good thing. If he didn't have these "terrific" moments, the "terrible" ones would cause me to lose my mind!
But, in good times and bad, I am so grateful for this little guy. God love him and God keep me sane. Amen.