Sunday, May 31, 2009

So different.....and love them that way!

After church today, we thought it would be a super idea to go out for lunch. Well, we almost had to ask for our meals in a to go box before they even came because Reid is HIGH MAINTENANCE. SERIOUSLY HIGH MAINTENANCE. He was screaming at the top of his lungs, wanted down continuously, arched his back and threw a fit, threw all his fishy crackers on the floor in a blazing fury, kicked the table, wanted to climb on it, would not sit in his high chair, and was mad at the world. And that was in the first 5 minutes of being there. Meanwhile, Ellie is sitting calmly happy to be drinking her special drink- chocolate milk and ignoring her brother.

My two kids are totally different. Reid is high strung, high energy, and HIGH WILL POWERED. He wants his way all the time, and if he does not get it, the throwing down on the floor fit arises. Is this the terrible twos early???? Just being a boy???? Just strong will power???? I swear he had to fight so hard from such an early age that this was bread in him. I don't mind him being strong...that can be a great trait. I just hope I live through this. So, as I was thinking about how different Reid and Ellie are...I had to go through some pics of when Ellie was 19 months old. I realized as I was looking that they really did a lot the same....both put on my shoes....both wanted to use their own spoon and be independent with it, both enjoyed being outside, both loved bubble baths, both loved water, and both are seriously cute. Here are some comparison shots of Reid and Ellie. And if anyone has any great strategies for raising a tricky boy....lay them on me. I'd love to hear your stories! It will give me hope!!!! : )

Ellie being a princess.....still loves to dress up.
And my prince....
Loved adventure and independence...

Independent thinker should have been Reid's middle name.

Ellie loved to try new things out for herself, but always looked to Brian or myself for permission to go forth with doing something.
There's no permission getting ever from this one! He does his own thing....tries everything he can....gets into messes in a blink of an eye...and gets furious if something does not go how he expects it to.
I am glad my two are so different. That makes they who they are. But, I am also very grateful for my hairdresser.....she may be needing to add a bit more color to my hair over the next few months. Let's call that mother's intuition, shall we???


steph said...

Hey, your teach 20+ 4th graders, I know you can handle one 19 month old:) I like strong willed little boys, but I have to admit our two were the opposite....Sarah definitely was (and is) the strong willed one in our family. Adam was more like Ellie (most of the time)
And yes, we love them that way!!!

Krissy said...

Glad to hear that Drew isn't the only fit thrower-ha! I read in one of my parenting books just today that the "terrible twos" really start around 15 months!

Amanda said...

Working in a daycare I dealt with just about every personality type there is. I would like to share some encouraging stories, but right now I'm accessing your blog from a phone and it's really hard to type a lot. I'll think of some good ones and share them when our computer gets fixed :).

Plus 3 said...

Reid and Rylan sound more like siblings than their actual siblings. Everything you described could have been Rylan. We actually had a very similar experience at a restaurant after church last Sunday. Not only was Rylan being typical Rylan, but Delaney and Landon are being potty-trained and find it necessary to check out the bathroom 20 times wherever we go! We caused such a scene! I was so embarrassed, but I was more embarrassed to leave. I didn't want the spectators to think we "gave in".

Wish I had some advice for you, but I'm right there with you. Although Rylan has always been strong-willed, he didn't seem to be so difficult until the minute (literally) he turned two!

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?