Thursday, November 19, 2009

Katy, Version 3.5

I've been waiting for this day for a whole year. Today Katy is three and a half.

This past year, in particular the past 6 months, has been challenging in the area of parenting my favorite preschooler. And on several occassions from several different moms, I have heard: "Two and a half to three and a half is the hardest. It will get better."

So I've been counting down, and today's the day. All of my troubles are over!!

Stop laughing.

Okay, okay, I know I can't expect a dramatic change today, but I am optimistic about this milestone. The terrible twos had nothin' on turning three, in my opinion. And I definitely feel that she is getting more and more reasonable. Six months ago I wanted to pull my hair out, and that is not the case (as much) today. Katy is, and will probably always be, an intense personality. She runs on all cylinders at all times, but she is learning to focus her energy. And her emotions are not SO intense that she's incapable of reasonable negotiation.

There are still many challenges ahead, I am sure. (like our recurrent pooping battles, in which we are enduring another round) But hopefully we're headed in the right direction.

Of course, David will be two and a half in 10 short months. *gulp*


Giselle said...

Parenthood is a real rollercoaster, isn't it? Just when I feel like Andrew has turned a corner, or we've conquered some challenge, he pops up with something new. Right now we're dealing with pre-pubescent drama and emotions. In a 6 year old.

Anyway, I do think that even though new bad things will keep popping up to get figured my opinion it gets easier as they get older because there are also more pleasant things that pop up at the same time. Until they turn into teenagers. Then all bets are off.

Enjoy the good times!

Oma Froehle said...

Being a strong-willed child that grows into a strong-willed adult is not at all bad. In fact, intense people have wonderful qualities like perseverance and passion for things they believe in. As kids, they tend to challenge EVERY boundary you try to set. So it can be exhausting for Mom and Dad because they are continually under siege to let the boundary go away and relieve the agony of holding it. :-)

You're doing a good job with your concentrated little package(s). Some days you are tired and give in to them. It's okay. It shows you are negotiable as well. I see big progress every time I visit because it is more noticeable.

Good news (I think)! David will be different. LOL!!

Mommy Daisy said...

I agree that 3 is way worse than 2. We're already past that 3 1/2 mark. And you know, I do see improvements. Part of that is that we're well past the potty training stuff too. That helps a lot.

It will get better. I'm optimistic too. :D