Life in our house right now is shit. We have endured an entire week with the screaming. The video is the funny screaming. The real screaming comes when you ask the boy, “would you like a grape?” and he says no. I then eat the grape and he says, “grape.” I pull another grape out of the fridge. “Would you like a grape?” “no.” I eat the next grape. The then throws something at me and proceeds to scream until he nearly throws up. This goes on periodically throughout the day at least 3 or 4 times a day. It is 1:00 and we’ve already had 3 screaming fits.
The other dilemma we face is the boy playing us at bedtime. This occurs at any given sleep interval. Nap, bedtime it doesn’t matter. We do our usual routine and then lay him down in the chair to rock him. The child proceeds to screw around to avoid going to sleep. Last night the trusty husband was putting him to bed and through the monitor I hear, TH: “you need to close you eyes, it is time for sleep.” Boy: “nooooo!” TH: “you don’t tell me know.” Then a lot of screaming.
The boy will squinch up his face, continually rub his face on your arm, tense up, or just generally fight us. If those don’t work he’ll lay there and laugh at us. I know this is not just an ‘it bothers me thing.’ It is getting to Derek too. Both of us are at our wits end.
We are forever trying to figure out if some of his new behaviors are PI or just being 2. I have a strong suspicion that much of it is 2. Unfortunately, you can’t fix 2. But I’m here to say if this keeps up I’m going to end up in the loony bin. I would pawn him off on someone for a few hours if I could, but I’m afraid to right now. Some of the behaviors he’s showing have a bit of attachment red flag. And frankly, that scares the shit out of me.