After work each day, my parents will report how Elyssa has been that day. For the past few months, it has been along the lines of "She was a GOOD girl today except she cried a little when it was time to sleep" etc.
But for the past week or so, Elyssa has been getting plenty of "red marks" on her "report card". Here are some of the complaints -
1. She'll protest a lot when it comes to bathing time. (A little surprising since bath time has never been a problem before and there was no change in routine) These days, she'll start screaming and rolling on the floor when it's time time to bathe. If she's carried to the bathroom, she'll sit down on her bare bum bum and wail on the bathroom floor!
2. Very territorial at times. If she's reading a book and cousin Justin comes close (just close, not necessarily touching the book) , she'll scream and push him away.
3. Very aggressive when she doesn't get her way. Once, she was trying to get down from the chair while facing forward. My mum tried to adjust her to a safer position to get down. She didn't like it and starting the screaming routine on the floor. Another time, she was playing with a toy and someone took it away from her. She started protesting, but when the toy was returned to her, she just angrily threw the toy on the floor.
*Sigh*...... there's actually a lot of other scenarios as well. The fierce side of her is nothing new, but just that it's happening more frequently than it used to.
The thing is that when she's happy, she's very happy indeed. She'll go around babbling, smiling and flashing her sweet little dimples. All the protesting & screaming happens only when she doesn't get her way. Can't give in her all the time, so there's bound to be a few meltdowns a day. Maybe she's at the stage where she wants to assert her own view of things. (It feels like she's saying its MY way or the highway)
Gosh, I dare not even imagine what the Terrible Two's will be like.
Some of the crying moments -