Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oh Lord. She's Going To Be 13 One Day

Both kids are sick. Again.

Jack has a sinus infection, no surprise given the allergy season we are having. Avery has a mystery illness that we can't seem to figure out. She gets sick every month for 5 days. Her only symptoms are fairly high fever and really bad attitude. Both get better with Tylenol or Motrin but as soon as that wears off she is back to being a little terror again.

And I'm not the only one who notices.

Tonight my neighbor told me that when Avery got home yesterday two of the neighbor boys were outside playing and when Avery got out of the car she huffed and puffed and went right to our front door. Matt had to apologize for her and let them know that she wasn't feeling well. Later when her husband asked what's wrong with Avery, the 4 year old said, "she's rude!"

I laughed so hard when I heard that because even though he is just 4 he nailed it. Her little attitude is plain to see, even to pre-schoolers.

After I told Matt about it he filled me in that she was mad at him, not them, because he told her in the car that she couldn't go play with them...since she was sick. She didn't like that at all so she huffed inside rather than just telling the boys she couldn't play.

This is what I am dealing with these days. Sassy mouth, sassy tone, sassy faces. She knows it, too. She purposefully tries to push our buttons. She looks hard to see our reactions and she apologizes quickly when we take away privileges. We pick our battles but we are firm when we need to be. Just like a couple of weeks ago when we were at Baskin Robbins with the kids. We were almost done when Avery started to throw a fit over something incredibly dumb. We told her to settle down and stop being a sass or we would leave. A few minutes later she SCREAMED at Matt as loud as she could. Matt told her that was enough and he threw away the rest of her ice cream (it wasn't much) and we left immediately. She screamed the whole way out and the rest of the way to the car. She cried the whole drive home, which thank goodness is only about 2 miles. Jack kept saying, "Avery's in trouble" which didn't help matters (but was really cute). We explained what happened when we got home and she seemed to understand.

But she definitely has her slip-ups because she is still quite the sass when she wants to be. And lately she wants to be all the time...

I'm not sure what I can't stand more: her tone, her facial expressions, the way she tilts her head when she sasses us. Maybe all of it.

No, it's definitely her tone.

Hopefully we can figure out what is wrong with her soon so we can move past these fevers, and hopefully an attitude adjustment will come along with it. That will be just what the doctor ordered.


Lauren said...

Oh Amy! I feel your pain. I can't tell you how many times I have told Olivia that I am going to take her to the doctor because I think there is something wrong with her due to constant whining, bickering, tantrums, etc. I think it's an age thing though I am not sure that we will get any breaks until they leave for college!

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for the fevers, I would say her behavior is typical. We get the same thing from the 5 year old, but there is no fever. So, we just need an attitude adjustment. Hope things get better soon!