Ben has decided lately that he is going to fight sleep as hard as possible whether it be nap time or bed time. Shawn and I have always been fairly lenient parents. We don't have a set bed time for him, he just kind of goes to bed when we do and takes a nap after lunch. I think we are going to have to get him on a real schedule now since he's fighting it so hard.

Also, when it comes to bath time, I've decided that Ben is going to have to go from about every other day bathing to every day bathing. He's a stinky boy that likes to make a mess of himself. He hates the water on his head making it difficult to wash his hair, but I think this is something we are going to have to work on because we can't go through a meal now without food ending up in his hair.

I noticed today that his tantrums are really becoming extreme. I can hear it now as my mother-in-law jokingly says "Not my grandson!" He's so quick to anger and he throws things and hits when he gets mad. I knew this was coming for the terrible twos, but I was not expecting it to be full on so soon. I hope it doesn't get much worse. I do however have a lot to work on too. I can't be so quick to yell at him. I need to work on being more calm. I have found that time outs work for now, and when he's done with time out, I make him give me a hug and a kiss which he willing does 99% of the time. I just want him to learn that when he's in trouble it doesn't mean I don't love him, just that I don't like what his actions were.

Ben growing up has not just caused some pretty annoying tantrums, but also some really good times, so it's definitely not all negative. His favorite movie is Marley and Me. We watch it on average three times a week. He says cheese every time I go to take his picture, he loves to play ball, he helps me with cooking and cleaning, and he dances and sings to the radio even though most of the time the singing is gibberish. He really likes Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas. He even dances in the dorky way I taught him with his fingers in the air. I hope by the time his senior prom rolls around, he really learns to dance instead of being so cheesy but for now it's super cute.


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