Sunday, August 29, 2010

Terribly Three

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Ezra was supposed to leave the terrible twos behind him at the beginning of August, but most days it seems like he didn't get the memo. Tantrums, irrational freak-outs, refusing to listen to instructions, running away on busy streets, hurting anyone within reach for no apparent reason -- he brings his unique brand of havoc to our shared life every day. He's alternately hilarious, incredibly sweet, cuddly, bright, and calm, sitting for an hour (when he's supposed to be in bed, mind you) beside a stack of books and leafing through them quietly, one after the other. The result is that we're in a constant state of bewilderment, wondering from moment to moment whether we'll see Jekyll or Hyde next.

We celebrated Ez's birthday a couple of times, once down at the beach in a pretty lavish joint party with his buddy Josh. Naomi made amazing cakes, there were piles of food, and most of our dearest people came to join in (this reminds me that I must have a bunch of photos lurking in one of my folders that I've forgotten to upload). Of course he was very pleased to be the center of attention for a few days, especially with presents emerging from all over the place.

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10 comments:

Kaili said...

So funny you wrote this. I was just thinking today that I may write a post asking for some suggestions and support with our very whinny FOUR year old, whom is freaked out of EVERYTHING! Most days I feel at the end of my rope with him, yet I HATE living in the constant state of WTH!?! I hate the mother I am when I feel SO DONE (!!) most of the time. His 2's were fine, 3's were horrid and I'm beginning to questions these 4's! 5's? Maybe....here's hopin'!
But I DO think they are both SUPER bright and they so totally know how to play us. It's SO frustrating. We need a support group!

Jeremy said...

No relief at four, eh? Ugh. I know kids are all different, but it sounds like these two may be on a similar path. Overall, we don't feel like we're doing anything terribly wrong with our parenting, yet in those moments when he's being awful, it's hard not to internalize it and wonder where we botched things. Sigh...

Hang in there! The girls were certainly easier at this age, but they both became dramatically better roommates by five...let's hope these little dudes can work out the bugs by then.

Heather said...

Yep - same thing over here with the 3's going on 4's. It's not pretty - and then there is a day like today when he is the sweetest, funniest angel ever. Not sure why - wish i knew the secret to making those good days come more often. But ya, we totally know what you are talking about.

Jeremy said...

You too, Heather? My condolences. It's exhausting. Sometimes it does seem random, but we know for sure that when he really acts out, it's often because he's fighting for attention...which means that he's worst when we have friends over and don't have time to engage him.

Anonymous said...

Sooner or later (probably feels like later) they do grow up and are wonders to all. Like all of you who are great parents. Jer, those pictures again are priceless and we appreciate your posting them. We love him to bits and pictures make us miss him more, but please keep it up! Mama Pearl

Jeremy said...

Well said, Pearl. Glad you're enjoying the photos. We're getting a new point 'n shoot camera this week, so we should be taking some new videos again soon.

Heather said...

I also totally agreed with Kaili when she said they are so bright, and know just how to play us! So true! The way I see it, the brighter they are the more... freaky they can be at times?

Jeremy said...

Yup, they learn to manipulate from the moment of birth, and the brightest ones probably just get better at it sooner. Sigh...

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes. Sounds just like Ethan. He is brilliant, tells us he loves us one day, then hits us the next. So Jekyl and Hyde. These boys would get along, but we'd have to warn of a category 3 typhoon coming through! Does make us question our parenting, yeah, but we're ALL learning. We'll 'grow up' together, I think. I love the pics Jer. Soph

Jeremy said...

Well said, Soph. Thanks for dropping in!