I think it's official. Logan's tantrums are worse this week, ever since Bill went back to work. He has been an absolute terror at the end of the day, especially since he's on a napping strike. Our mornings aren't that bad & we have been trying to get out regularly since it's good for him to run around with his friends & he's so happy doing so. Then as we are getting ready to leave, he turns into a little monster, screaming "No" at me & refusing to listen (more so than before). I make sure to give him plenty of notice so he's prepared for the transition, but it doesn't help. It takes every ounce of patience that I have just to get him back to the car to go home & have lunch.
From the time we get home until he goes to bed it is total madness. The defiance is just plain ridiculous with screaming "No", running away or ignoring me completely. But, it's mostly screaming "No". I hate the afternoons now & can't wait for Bill to come home, but even then, he's not much better & his meltdowns continue until he is in bed. At least I have some help, though.
This morning at playgroup a few of us were talking about how our kids are in the same phase. Logan has two other friends with little sisters (three months old & three weeks old) who are tantruming as well & having a difficult time with activity transitions. It's good to know that we're not alone. We commiserated together & sympathized with each other's stresses. This is one reason why I love MOMS Club & our playgroup so much. There's always someone there who understands what staying at home with difficult kids can be like.
So, I can't wait until this is over & hopefully it won't last too long. I'm going to make it a point to spend some more one-on-one time with Logan while Carter is sleeping & see if that helps. If not, well, I don't know then. I guess I'll just have to wait it out & hope I don't duct tape his mouth in the process.