Well, not really, not in the technical sense. But by god it feels like it most days at the moment.
Before entering this motherhood caper I knew all about the “terrible twos”. I have a goddaughter, nieces and nephews, friends with children and I was a babysitter/nanny through my uni days – I am not a stranger to children and their myriad of behaviours. I’ve sat through and wrangled my way out of tantrums with the best of them. Before Sweet Pea was born I naively said to anyone who asked that I wasn’t worried about the practical elements of being a mum – I had this shit covered. Or so I thought. Turns out I’m the one being covered in shit (not literally. Yet.).
Since her birth Sweet Pea has been what is diplomatically referred to as a “strong willed child”. I will fight anyone who uses the term “difficult” or “hard” but some days with her definitely feel this way. She is about to turn two next week and she is entering this phase of her life with a bang – and screams – and meltdowns – and tantrums a plenty. This kid knows how to push the boundaries and cross that line. In the words of the character of Joey from one of my favourite episodes of “Friends”; “You’re so far past the line, the line is a dot to you!”.
I’m reading all the books, I’m listening to all the advice, I’m watching “Super Nanny” regularly but I’m putting up my hands in surrender at the moment. This kid has got it all over me and in an attempt to hold on to the last shreds of my sanity I am instigating the following survival techniques:
– Tea! I have been tempted to lace it with vodka but hearing constant screaming with a hangover just doesn’t appeal so plain, hot cups of tea it is – and lots of them!
– Time Out – I am so, so grateful for a supportive, understanding and present partner who has stepped in to enable me to have some well needed breaks over the past few weeks – I never realised how soothing grocery shopping by yourself could be!
– Reading – Earlier I wrote about how my reading time and mojo had escaped me of late but I have been working hard to get back into the swing of things – finding books that really interest me and making sure I at least read a few lines before bed each night.
– Enjoying the little moments – For all that she is driving me a little mad at the moment Sweet Pea is a gorgeous, funny, feisty little thing and I am trying to step back and remember that she is only two – and life can be hard when you are two!
What about you? Any other tips you can share for keeping the sanity in tough times?