When you are a military family, how in the world do you stay in contact with a huge family and the friends you've made all over the country......start blogging, of course!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Are Baby Muzzles Illegal?
Apparently, if you have enough children, you will deal with every common childhood issue.
Ladies and gentlemen.....we have a biter.
Anabelle was the unfortunate victim of the first blood draw.
And this occurred after a weekend of me telling people that I was pretty sure Georgia's biting habit was fading. I spoke too soon.
My other two kids never went through a biting phase, so this is weird to me. Anabelle may have the ability to cut you to shreds with her words, but she has never been physically mean. Neither is Braden.
Are some kids just born with the instinct to bite?
I'm fully aware that this is a phase. One that I will be more than a little excited to see pass since I am usually the victim of those tiny chompers. The biting really doesn't occur that frequently - just often enough to keep us on our toes. And it almost always occurs when she is super pissed about something.
I've come to recognize the head tilt and little gleam in her eye that indicate she is about to take a chunk out of you. We've all gotten good at stopping a bite before it even happens. Braden and Anabelle have been helping me redirect her physical aggression and remind her to be gentle. I swear we say "Be gentle!" about 637 times a day. Thank goodness she has limited the biting to immediate family members.
But the even bigger problem...
As much as the biting sucks, it's just the icing on her aggression cake. When Georgie gets mad, it's an all out physical tantrum - kicking, hitting, scratching, hair pulling......and then she tops it off with a good bite.
Who is this child?
She's such a dichotomy of mellow sweetness and scrappy street fighter.
I can not - not even a little bit - imagine how these two personality traits will unfold into a teenager or adult. I am pretty sure that I should be scared though.
I guess we'll just keep chipping away at this biting thing. I still think it is getting better. Obviously not in time to save Anabelle's cheek, but better compared to a month ago.
And, ummm, anyone else feel like Anabelle just had the universe pay her back - just a little bit - for the ridiculousness she has put me through over the last two years...?
Originally from Texas, we are now a military family stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Bryan was a medic in the United States Army but recently completed the Army's Physician Assistant program (IPAP) and is now a PA for a unit here at Sill. We've also been stationed at Fort Drum in New York, Fort Carson in Colorado, Fort Sam Houston in Texas, and Fort Stewart in Georgia. I, along with our four children - Braden, Anabelle, Georgia, and Lola - tag along for the hectic ride known as military life. And while email, cell phones, and Facebook have been great, I am always looking for a better way to keep our families and friends updated on the happenings of our little family - because I've found that Grandmas like to know everything that their grandbabies are doing......