You know how they say toddler can be a bit…um…quirky? Yeah.
Eliza must – must! – wear socks to bed. Both for naps and actual bedtime. It doesn’t matter if it’s 99 degrees outside. Socks. Always.
Jack finds some things inexplicably terrifying. We cannot put on the Cuckoo Bears episode of Team Oomizoomi or the King episode of Little Einsteins. And if there is a housefly buzzing around, the boy goes into hysterics.
Jack will only drink from a sippy with a blue or green lid. If I hand him the wrong cup, he freaks. If there are two cups, one with a yellow lid and one with an orange lid, he gets very confused and looks back and forth between the two of them for about three minutes, considering the choice. I am afraid to let Eliza pick because if she picks the ‘wrong’ one, Jack will freak. Today, he didn’t want the cup with the blue lid, but took the orange lid instead. I really think he’s trying to drive me insane.
At 2.5, Eliza still puts everything in her mouth. Everything. Still.
When Jack goes down for bed or naps, he pulls the hair out of a teddy bear and makes fuzz balls. He then sticks the fuzz between his lip and pacifier* so when he wakes up, it looks like he has a brown mustache. Then when he pulls the fuzz off, he gags.
Eliza needs to take her shirt off to use the potty.**
If I change anything in Jack’s room – add a new lamp, move his bed a little to the left, put a new animal decal on the wall, add an window a/c unit – we don’t expect to get any sleep for a couple nights because he fears change.
They are drawn like magnets to my printer. Anything can be shoved inside a printer. The other day I cleared a paper jam that consisted of three matchbox cars, a crumpled up piece of junk mail, half a bowl of Chex cereal and some wet substance. They cannot help themselves.
I am not allowed to sing along with anything on TV because Jack hates it. Honestly, I can’t really blame him for that one.
*Yeah, they both still sleep with a pacifier. Shoot me.
**But at least she’s trying to use the potty. Jack won’t even sit on it – it’s another one of his fears.