Max and I had a rough day yesterday. He's reached the stage where his response to everything is "No!" We even try giving him either-or choices: Would you like this or this? "No!" Yesterday morning was just peppered with no's. He even said it when I hadn't asked him anything! Beyond that, he actually tried pulling Lucian off of my lap twice while I was feeding him, and demanded that I put Lucian in his crib so that I could hold Max instead.
Frustrated, I put him down for his nap, mainly to get him out of my hair. Then I started thinking... maybe he's just feeling left out lately. He used to have my lap to himself, now he has to share it with this little guy who showed up out of nowhere and eats like a pig! He used to get carried whenever he wanted, but now my arms are usually occupied.
So I decided to bake cookies. When Max woke up, the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies greeted him from downstairs. Lucian was sound asleep and he had me all to himself! He had two cookies, then I asked him if he wanted to dance with me.
We put on Vampire Weekend and danced and spun until Daddy came home. He found us sitting on the floor because I was too dizzy to stand anymore.
It was good for us to have a few minutes to ourselves. It happens so rarely now, I understand how it could be tough on him. Will we do it again soon?