Lael has been acting a little strange the past few weeks. I don't know if it's a phase but it's starting to creep me out.
She has always been a very well behaved child. Don't get me wrong. She's had her share of meltdowns but overall I've had it pretty damn good.
Things have been slowly changing the last few weeks. I've noticed it when we've been visiting with friends. I've had to repeat myself often, she bit one of her friends, she's been talking back a bit and doing that breathing thing. You know, the one where you tell them to do something and suddenly they get all huffy and shit?
Could her timing be worse. I have spent most days trying to avoid any type of strenuous work. Discipling is one of them.
Now at home I really haven't had this problem. At home she's been pretty much normal but still it concerns me.
This brings us to this weekend. My mom decided she wanted Lael for the weekend. Score! She booked a hotel in the area so she could order room service and swim in the hotel pool. I just knew the two of them would have a great time.
But it wasn't so great for my mom. Apparently Lael showed her ass out. My mom called and texted me numerous times over the weekend about Lael's rash behavior.
I spoke to Lael and she seemed so nonchalant about it. At one point she even pretended that she could hear me over fake static.
Does this kid know I have the ability to make her life a living hell. I will unplug every computer, television and video game within her radius. I can make bedtime whenever I good and well please. I can make things really NOT FUN for her.
But is that the answer? What is really going on? I'm a little nervous. With a new baby on the way I'm afraid that we made the wrong decison.
When she got home yesterday we went on a long walk and talked about the things that happened with her Nana. She didn't really have a good reason for her behavior except that she was bored and wanted to play. That's why she took my moms jewlery and tangled it up and tied in around her shoe strings. She wanted to shower alone which is why she refused to wash up. She couldn't reach her food which is why she stood up in the chair at the resturant they went to.
We had a good talk. I explained that she is a very good girl at home with me and daddy. That she is a good girl at school but that she has to be a good girl WHEREVER she is and WHOEVER she is with. I expressed how important it is for her to be a big girl for this new baby. That she makes me look like a bad mommy when she doesn't do as she's told.
She looked me in the eyes and gave me a huge hug. She told me that she I was the best mom ever.
Am I? I'm seriously questioning that right about now.
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