Cole is a bottomless pit

Hi everyone! I'm not really on LJ as much anymore, but I do miss it. It's funny how whenever I want/need advice on something to do with Cole, I still always think to ask here first.

So I don't know if he's growth spurting or what, but he is asking me for food about 8000 times a day. Now, I am not against eating a lot, as long as it's the good stuff. Should I just make him bigger meals? I have to admit, preparing meals/snacks every 30 mins (not literally, but it seems like) is really annoying. Or maybe I could give him for "filling" foods? What is your meal/snack routine?

PS- he's starting kindergarten in August. So exciting! Pre K went really well.

Here is picture of him from the end of April. He rode his first bicycle race that day!

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Niv "Who me?"


Hi everyone! Hope your October not-so-babies are doing well. Mine started public kindergarten yesterday and it went really well. He came home happy, says he made friends, and his teacher seems very sweet. I guess I'm lucky that California's cut-off date is still December 1.

I have a question about the almost-five-year-olds. Niv cries about EVERYTHING these days. He asks a question. I'm not exactly clear on what he's asking, so I give him the best answer I can. It's not quite what he was after. He starts crying instead of asking a follow-up question. (I've tried to tell him that if I don't quite understand what he's asking, he should try asking in a different way. This also makes him cry. Sigh.)

I tell him he needs to play with some toys, that it's not time to watch TV. TANTRUM. Oh my G-D! How can Mommy make me PLAY?!

The other day, I had to FORCE him to go outside and play for half an hour. He started bargaining, saying he'd only play for 20 minutes. He spent 45 minutes crying about how he didn't want to go outside and play before he actually went out, and then he spent another 10 minutes crying before he and his brother actually found out that, shockingly, playing is FUN.

It's just been really frustrating with him lately. He wanted to do a (48-piece) puzzle this morning (great!). He insisted that he "can't" do it, even though his 2.5-year-old brother is perfectly happy to sit down with a puzzle and at least give it a try (and usually eventually succeeds). I gave him some tips to get started (we've done plenty of puzzles together. He's no newbie). He sat there with a pile of puzzle pieces in front of him, whimpering and crying. I don't get it.

I've read that this is fairly normal in the months leading up to turning 5, but I'm going a little batty. I'm due any day now with our third, and I don't have the patience for all the whimpering, whining, and crying. (Whining, I kind of take for granted, with an almost-5-year-old and a 2.5-year-old, but the whimpering and outright screaming tantrums kind of get to me.) Plus, I can't man-handle him (he's 56 pounds) the way I would have if he needs to be in timeout or whatever, so I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling or lecturing myself hoarse, only to have the same conversations day after day.

Maybe I just needed to vent. Haha. Okay, everybody vent about your almost-5-year-olds! :)


Hey everyone,

It's been quiet around here. I hope everyone's October 2006 "babies" are doing well!

I have a question about mine! He's kind of a know-it-all, or at least very argumentative. He'll ask me a question, and when given the correct answer, he'll argue the point and tell me what he thinks, at which point I throw up my hands and wonder why he bothered asking if he thinks he has the answers. I don't know why it drives me so crazy, but I just want him to have the correct information.

By way of example: Today on the way to school, on the freeway, he said, "There's one traffic light on the freeway, right?" I answered that there are no traffic lights on the freeway, because then it wouldn't be a freeway. He said, "There's ONE traffic light." I assumed he meant the ramp meter, so I explained that it's not ON the freeway, it's on the ramp to GET ON the freeway, and that it's not really a traffic light because there's no one going the other way. It's just a meter to control how fast people get on the freeway. He said there sometimes are people going the other way. Then he said there's also a traffic light at the end of the freeway. At some point, I gave up and said, "Okay Niv, you know the answers. Why are you asking me if you already know?" He "Hmphed" at me!

Anyway, you get the idea. Am I approaching this wrong? Is this a normal phase, this "I know all the answers" business? (Until they're teenagers, at least? Haha.) I have this need to make sure he has the "right" answers, but he won't always accept them. (It's not just ME, by the way. He's the same way with my husband and my mom, among others.) I hate just saying, "Okay, Niv, you're right" when he's not, but sometimes it just isn't worth another argument.

(And don't get me started on the "arguments" he and his two-year-old brother have. OMG. "YEEESSS!!!" "NO!!!" "YEEESSSSSS!!!!!" "NOOOOO!!" Sigh. The backseat of my car in the mornings can be an adventure all its own...)


Tell me the incessant "Why? Why? Why?" will end! I thought we'd hit the "why" faze and moved on, but then it came back and now my son asks why about everything. And I do mean everything.. It's driving me nuts.


I was so glad to come back and see a post about the threenager that many of us might be experiencing. Sheesh. I am so glad to read I'm not the only one!!

Here's my question. I have been extremely sick - 2 bouts of meningitis, complications from a brain tumor, etc. Claire has had a TERRIBLE time sleeping, and I don't know if it's the age or if it is because of my health issues. Often times, she's back in our bed. Before this started she was sleeping through the night in her own room, and now we're lucky if we can get her in a different bed in our room. I don't have a resolution to the health issues, so I wonder if I should just leave it be. The main problem is that she can't sleep until really late. (Which I'm thinking is her waiting up for me to come to bed.)



Leslie - Back to Lj after a few years hiatus