Sweetness

In the past I’ve posted some entries (here and here for example) about how our sweet, angel baby had turned into a somewhat ornery little thing.  Of course, she still had moments of absolute sweetness, but those moments were mixed with moments of total and complete naughtiness.

It was right around 17-months when Arle really began to test her boundaries with hitting, temper tantrums, and other embarrassing behavior.  It was the first time since becoming parents that Travis and I truly felt challenged.  Up until then, we were convinced that we had the world’s easiest-to-manage child on our hands. Our patience was definitely tested.

Lately, though, we seemed to have turned a corner.  The past few weeks, Arle has been so stinkin’ sweet.  She hasn’t taken a swing at anybody and the temper-tantrums seem to have subsided.  It makes parenting so much more enjoyable when you don’t feel like you’re constantly scolding your child.

We’re crossing our fingers that the Terrible Twos are already behind us.

I just felt I needed to give my Little Lady props because, someday when she sits down to read my blog (yeah, right), I don’t want her to think that all I ever did was talk about her bad behavior.

I feel like this group of pics is representative of her behavior pattern…sweet face, to ornery faces, back to sweet face.

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    Suzanne said,

    I love it! I am all about giving my children props whenever I can.
    Have you ever read “The Blessing” by Gary Smalley and John Trent? It’s probably my favorite book about raising children. Talks about the five areas of blessing we should impart to our children. One that really stuck out to me was the part about speaking positively into their lives and about them. This post just reminded me of that. Forgive me for getting on my soapbox!
    I think these photos are precious! Could the series also be called “Progression of the Effects of Gummy Bears on Two-Year-Olds”?

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    Jill Gearheard said,

    i love the second pic~~~ classic girl :)

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    Maeghan said,

    Love it. I am afraid to tell you that the 3’s can be trying also! Sure enjoyed the visit last night. I will email you about the dress.

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    Grammy said,

    I love ALL her faces! But I just have to say….I’m glad it seems you are now beyond the terrible two’s and onto a new phase…the phases are constantly changing. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that, although I know it is trying to go through the temper tantrums, hitting, etc….I was really worried Travis wouldn’t get his “payback” for his complete orneriness at that age. That just wouldn’t have been fair…hahaha. My pediatrician told me at the time that this “spunkiness” is a sign of great intelligence. It must be true…..and I now have the cutest, most intelligent granddaughter ever! (Do I sound like a proud grandma or what??!)

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    annalee said,

    i know exactly what you mean by all this post! my mom told me my sister and i were both hard around 18 months but dreams during our two-year-old year. i keep telling myself that when a tantrum hits.

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    NANCY said,

    I love all her sweet faces….no matter what!!!! I especially love the #3 one!! Have a fun weekend. Tell Travis Happy Birthday and Happy Father’s Day!!! He should really get spoiled and treated like royalty this weekend!

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    Pam said,

    Cherish every age, moment, second. You will turn around and “she” will be 31 and you will wonder where the time flew to and could you please get a few precious moments back from that elusive place called yesterday.


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