I am struggling people… Really struggling! Zane is the cutest kid but he is a handful! I have no idea if it is a boy vs. girl thing or just their individual personalities, but I honestly feel Zane is so much harder than Hayley was at this age. Hayley was a tough baby and one of the easiest toddlers, while Zane was one of the easiest babies but boy, a tough toddler! Maybe, this is G-d’s way of laughing at me. I was so sure that Zane would continue to be a fantastic toddler but things have sort of shifted gears.
I am not going to say, Zane is a bad kid, because he most certainly is not. He is just tough and I am sure this will be a temporary stage, but regardless, it is a HARD stage/age! Zane does not speak much-only says two words (juice and hello) and knows very little sign language. I am beginning to work on sign language a lot more now because his verbal skills are much lower than Hayley’s were at this age and I need a better way of him communicating. By 15 months, Hayley was streaming together 2 words and by 18 months, she was speaking in complete sentences. Zane only says these two words and gets extremely aggravated when he doesn’t get what he wants. Due to his limited conversational tools, he ends up throwing fits and screaming on top of his lungs. Being a kids dentist and coming home after a long day of screaming kids… I already have a humongous headache! I guess what is one more screaming kid!
Zane also is into everything and I mean everything. My mom was here last weekend and told me, she remembered Hayley to be the same way, but I don’t. Maybe I just block it out- Who knows! Somehow, he managed to find a way to unlock the front door and open it. For real people- HELP me!! What am I going to do with this cute Zane monster. Might I also add, that he will climb just about anything that he can. Yep, the stairs… the television..the crib! I just pray that we can get a few more months out of the crib- I lasted till 3 years with Hayley in solitary confinement.
So, tell me- what age do you think is the hardest for kids? I am curious because everyone has their different opinions. In the meantime, I will go back to my regular scheduled program of the chasing game. Signing off…Melissa:)