Yes, three year olds can be crazy! I definitely think Austin's behavior at 3 is way worse than it was at 2. At 2 I think it was more of frustration from not being able to communicate, but at 3 it's down right disobedience and stubborness.
Austin also seems to be moody, like one second he will throw a wild tantrum and be crazy, but give him 30 minutes or less and he will be fine and dandy again. I also never know what will set him off, like this morning he threw a tantrum because I have been giving a ride to a teenage girl who lives by me and works where I do. I have been picking her up every morning for a couple of weeks now with no issue, but this morning Austin was mad about it. She doesn't talk to him, hasn't done anything to him, it really should make no difference what-so-ever to him that she is in the car for the 14 mile drive, and yet he went into meltdown mode when we pulled into her driveway.
I remember reading an article where they did a psychology study and that there are some neurons or something in the toddler brain that aren't quite fused together that they linked to tantrums and at age four the things fused and the children became less likely to throw a tantrum. I keep hoping that is the case that that his neurons fuse soon! All I can figure is that I need to stay consistant with the discipline and not give in to tantrums, even if it seems like it isn't working.View Thread
Sun- fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad, cherries Mon- ham steak, corn on cob, baked sweet potato Tues- salmon noodle casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans Wed- I have book club meeting over dinner at a local restaurant, DH and DS will probably do pizza Thurs- meatloaf Fri- grilled steakView Thread
We haven't done one of these in a while, what is everyone cooking this week?
Sun: Mac n Cheese and hotdogs (we went out to eat for lunch, so wanted something easy and lighter for dinner), watermelon, sliced tomatoes Mon: Ham balls with sauce, potato cakes, salad Tues: leftovers Wed: Grilled porkchops, sweet potatoes Thurs: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, salad Fri: Angel hair with artichokes pastaView Thread
One more time I wanted to share some more ideas in case anyone ever needs to reference this link. My friend Jess hosted a baby shower for me last Saturday and she had some fun games. There are photos on my blog: sarann-rap.blogspot.com
The first one she found celebrity baby photos and then made a collage of the baby face with the current body to serve as a clue. Guests had to identify the celebrity.
Then she asked each guest to bring their own baby photo and she made a collage and had everyone guess who was who. I snuck in a baby picture of DH since most of the guests were his coworkers.
The last game was everyone had to pair up and one person had to feed the other person a bowl of baby food in a race against the other teams. We used fruit flavors, not the icky ones.
Ha, ha so I guess I'm a total copy cat because we are also going with Grace, LOL! My DH's Mother's Mother's name was Grace and she died from cancer when MIL was about 19 years old so we chose that name in honor of her. I know it's super popular right now, so that is why we are going with it for the middle name.View Thread
Thanks for the reply! We are also going with the name Katelyn, but going to spell it Kaitlan. I can't wait to see how DS reacts, it will be a really fun experience. We are taking him to a big sibling course on July 12 that is held in the L&D department, so hopefully that will help him understand some of the stuff, although I'm sure it will all be overwhelming still when she is born.View Thread
Ooh, I like the crown idea, and will have to think of a boyish way to do that. Maybe a shirt or hat or something. The McQueen toy sounds good too, either that or DS is into Thomas the Train, that might also be a good one that doesn't involve too much. Thanks LCG!View Thread
For the sake of conversation here I thought I would post a question. I read somewhere an idea when you have a new baby that a good way to foster the relationship between the baby and your older children is to have them exchange gifts when the baby is born. I thought it was a great idea and came up with the idea that I want DS to pick out a soft blankie lovey like his lovey ducks to give his little sister. I am going to take him after his big sibling class on July 12 to pick it out and then have him put it in a little gift bag that he can bring to the hospital when he comes to meet her.
On the same token I want to get him a gift from her that will be in our hospital bag and sitting there when he comes to visit. I am having a hard time coming up with something though, and wondering if anyone has any good ideas.
I find DS is at the age where gifts that give instant gratification mean the most, like something he will be able to play with/use right out of the gift bag. I thought about a new game for his Leapster, but what if the game itself gets forgotten. It also needs to be something he can't scatter all over the hospital room, needs extensive assembly, or make a big mess with.