Lots and lots of limit testing over here. And I'm really struggling with it. Because it's little stupid stuff.
Like tonight, she was bouncing all over her crib. Literally, jumping up and down.
So I said, "If you want me to cover you with the blanket, you need to lie down by the time I count to three. One, two, three."
And she kept bouncing until I got to three... and then, one second later, lay down.
And I feel like, geez, it's only one second, what's the big deal?
But on the flip side, I think, well, I told her she had until the count of three... and she understood that perfectly well. She's testing me. And needs to see that I set clear limits. So she needs me to follow through on my threat?
So I said, "nope, too late. We can try again tomorrow night."
And walked out.
And she cried. "Banket! Banket peez!"
And I didn't go back.
And felt like an ogre. As she cried piteously. For possibly as long as a minute.
And then resumed her joyful playtime in the crib.