The Tiny Terror
The Terrible Twos
One of my granddaughters is at the "terrible twos" stage. She has just turned two years old and is a very active child. You cannot turn your back on her for two seconds. She is a climber and gets up as high as possible at every opportunity.
Teething and Sleep Deprivation
She is teething at the moment, the last set of back teeth, so her sleep is a bit unsettled. She still likes a bottle for going to sleep but because she can be sleepy in the daytime after an unsettled night, she asks for one then too if she feels tired. She also tends to bite the bottle teat, which makes a large hole in it, so the milk flows more quickly. If she has had enough milk, she tends to leave the bottle down and the milk flows out of it, so I try to make sure she is under constant supervision when she has the bottle.
I had them at the beach this afternoon. It was fine and sunny and they got throwing stones in the water. We walk them there because it is good exercise for them and us. When they got home, they were tired and wanted to watch a cartoon on the computer. The tiny terror wanted her bottle, so I sat down with them. Their mother came home early and wanted to talk to me, so we moved into a different part of the downstairs. Their house is open plan downstairs, so we weren't far from the children who were happily watching their cartoon.
While the sofa where they were sitting was not in view, the space in front of it was. I looked from the kitchen, to see the tiny terror squeezing the last few drops of milk out onto the floor and shaking the bottle, thoroughly enjoying herself. I shouted and their mother, who couldn't see them, wondered what was wrong. In the front room, the leather sofa was swimming in milk, only the last few drops had been left for the floor. And the result of the shout? The tiny terror squeezed and shook the bottle even harder, to make sure the last drops fell out on the floor!
The Demure One
Her older sister is 4 years old and wouldn't do that! But she was happy to see her sister doing this because she knew that she would not be blamed for it! So she had not said anything, just moved from the sofa to the floor so the milk would not soak her.
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