When I hear of the terrible 2's, I think of a phenomenon that will occur around 2 years of age. I didn't realize that this could start as early as 16 months. However, I think that the fits we've been seeing lately are actually tantrums. My sister told me that her kids' tantrums peaked around 18 months. So, terrible twos, look out, here we come!
We noticed a few weeks ago that our little guy would occasionally hit his head on the floor. Not in a fit of anger or anything. It seemed like he was doing it just because he discovered he could. Then he'd get upset, probably because it hurt, and proceed to hit his head on the floor again if we didn't intervene fast enough. Now it seems like the head-banging happens when he's tired, and once in a while if he's frustrated. It really bothers me, though, and I scoop him up or put a stuffed animal under his head right away if I see him doing it. Sometimes when I pick him up from his head-banging, he smashes his head into my face. I take it this is the terrible twos, right?
My little boy is also putting up a fight getting into seats now - the car seat, stroller, high chair. He wants to run around, push the stroller, push the high chair... We get into wrestling matches, and the distractions I offer aren't quite so effective any more. I usually end up letting him run around and then trying again to put him in his seat a few minutes later. This morning I headed out on a walk with him but didn't get any further than our own street, because the little guy wanted to push the stroller; he screamed and thrashed when I tried to put him in it. The neighbors probably thought I was hurting him, the way he was wailing.
Oh boy. This too shall pass, I suppose. Right? Please tell me how quickly it passed for your children, if you're a parent. Or you could always just lie and tell me something reassuring!
I'll be strapping him in tomorrow for a 3-hour ride in the car -- there will be a LOT of running around before he gets in the car!
Saturday a.m. update: Have you ever experienced a tantrum at bath time? Let me tell you, it's scary. Last night's bath was hellish. This is a child who typically loves baths - splashing, squealing, not wanting to get out... Last night I got in the tub with him so I could hold on to him & prevent him from thrashing in the tub. My husband was assisting from outside the tub. This isn't normally a 2-person operation, but there was no other way last night!
Thanks. I needed that virtual scream!