This little man L is truly pushing the boundaries at the moment. In terms of busyness, mostly, but also just in terms of ignoring us and any possible punishment or discipline.In the picture here he looks all cute and saintly, and believe me there are periods in the day where I wish his brother had the ability to play for a long period of time on his own, like he does. But certain times during the day is a real challenge.
He climbs onto EVERYTHING. Very very dangerous behavior. He even climbed out of the dining room window to get outside last night. We can not leave a top story window open in their room because he will find something to climb on and out. It is tiring and nerve wracking. He also has a tube obsession, everything in a tube has to be squeezed out - be it toothpaste, moms body lotion or ointment. He is into everything that he can reach or can climb on something to reach to. Turn your back and he has dragged a stair to the stove and is throwing hands full of rice on to the floor. Or he turns over the box of serial on the floor. Give him juice in a cup (and yes, I am trying to do away with sippy cups etc.) and he will find somewhere to spill it and make a mess. Give him access to the outside and he will sit in the dog's water bowl or splash it everywhere. It is truly tiring.
Adding to this is the old "self" thing - he insist on pouring his own juice (with the mess involved), closing the doors and putting his own toothpaste on his brush. A pity he does not get the potty training no 2 in that category too (yes, we still do not have that one under control)
I truly believe that school next year might help in sorting some of these energy issues out - he is still very tired and need a nap in the day, but runs the rest of the day on full speed, total overdrive. And my, can he run! He runs so fast for that tiny low muscle toned body.
But then, after running like mad, destroying all an sunder - he calls me (by my name these days, not mommy!) and climbs onto my lap for a huge wet kiss and a cuddle- and sometimes a puppy dog lick. And then he spends half an hour playing with his cars in total peace and quiet.
So the point to this all is the old girl vs boy debate. Which is the most difficult? Marcia and I have been debating this little issue. My conclusion - on an emotional level girls are certainly more difficult. Physically, certainly boys are on a totally different level. Just totally!
What's your opinion?