Monday, February 15, 2010
olive's destructive phase
im unsure whether olive is going through a phase, having a hard time adjusting to the new apartment, new puppy, or what but she is grating on my already raw nerves with her destruction. yesterday's incident included one of my favorite lipsticks covering every available surface of our bathroom before turning the stick onto my silk duvet from anthropologie. i almost spit nails i was so angry. olive is hard to discipline. or maybe it is that i am so accustomed and in tuned with augustine's language (which mirrors my own, go figure) that i have trouble getting out of that headspace. if you so much as make a disapproving face at my 4 yr old he will snap into the most obedient child you're likely to meet. olive on the other hand you have to get much more gritty with to figure out what makes her tick, what currency is necessary to deny in order to get the behavior you seek from her. and uhh if anyone can figure her out ill treat you to dinner.
also, both kids are sick - olive with croup at least. she is about 2 days behind augustine's sickness and has it worse than her brother. last night, on top of the dog waking david and i oh, every two hours, olive was barking like a seal in her sleep. it was undeniably sad. such is the life of a parent i guess. they've both been down for a nap for 4 hours now