Delaney's always been an easy baby. She took to nursing almost right away. She started sleeping through the night around 6 weeks of age (and probably would have done it sooner if I hadn't stood over her crib and poked her every hour to make sure she was breathing). She only cried when she was hungry. She's a great napper. And she always follows predictable a schedule. So I wondered when she hit toddlerhood if we'd get lucky, like we did with everything else, and have an easy go of it. Apparently, that's not in the cards.
It's as if once she turned 20 months old, she headed for toddler spring break and now she's letting loose like a pent-up Catholic girl. Anything goes. Beer bongs and bikinis aren't part of her M.O., though. She's more into mood swings, scratching (yes, after a blissful, scratch-free several weeks...it's baaaaack) and blatantly disobeying us. Three days of this wild behavior is all we've seen so far, but it was enough to send me scrambling to consult my arsenal of manuals and magazines. I'm currently reading, "Toddler 411," because "Baby Bargains" and "Baby 411" were great resources so I hope it will be too. I've only gotten through the part that talks about time outs and how you can start using them at 9 months of age (oops) but, lucky me, I got the chance to use them four times today. They aren't extremely effective yet and as you can tell by my enthusiastic tone, I'm so looking foward to the chance to try them again tomorrow.