The end of tyrannosaurus twos

Vera is nearing the end of the tyrannosaurus twos, a.k.a. terrible twos.

There might be two questions running through your mind right now.

Why the T-rex? Well, Vera’s behavior over the past year or so resembled this prehistoric creature’s. The tantrums, the mood swings, and the permanent PMS. Like the T-rex, she was trouble on two legs.

So, why ‘the end’? Well, she’s been an absolute darling for the past month or so. She’s been helpful – ever eager to fetch her little brother’s diaper and clothes. She’s been generous – sharing her sweets and snacks with others like a little santa. She’s …*gasp* growing up!

I’m not saying zero tantrums or zilch difficult behavior – but it’s a far cry from whence we came. From the days of shrieking and yelling and banging and wailing. From the days when two letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ would lead to a meltdown. From the days when we needed our daily cane (a spatula).

Today, she is …

Little Miss Helpful

vera laundry

Little Miss Cheeky

Little Miss Drama Queen

Yes that is a crown made out of a Barney float. Long live Queen Barney.

vera barney hat

Little Miss Teacher

Maybe this is why she adores her baby brother. He’s the only one who will hang around long enough to listen to her telling stories.

reading to j

It could be that she’s learnt to negotiate for what she wants, and learnt to accept our reasoning as to why she can’t have everything she asks for. It could be that she’s better at delaying gratification at this age and stage. It could be that we have also been more obliging and more giving to her (rubbed off by her pleasantness).

Or it could just be God shining his face upon our little family. 🙂

No matter what brought about the demise of the T-rex, I’m one thankful mummy. (And I must say there’s no better feeling than seeing her so protective and loving towards her brother, and witnessing their sibling love take root.)

Baby…you’ve come a long way.

Linking up with Kiddothings!

Great balls of happiness

How would you like to jump into a pool of colourful balls?

And how would you feel if you do?

Sad or happy?

Here’s Vera, looking a bit like she’s pinned onto a wall of balls against her will.

 

And here she is, looking more like her usual bubbly self.

Vera-ball-pool

It’s Picnesday! Have a ball of a time! 😀

Join me over at Kiddothings!

Let’s play: ‘What’s the caption?’

I could write a caption for this, but I thought it’d be tons more fun if YOU come up with one instead!

The person with the best caption wins….a special something from me. 😉 Go on, hit me with your best shot!

the look

Linking up with Kiddothings‘ Picnesday! Join me!

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Thanks for sending in those fantastic captions! You are all so creative, and sooooo funny!

I would have such a hard time picking a favorite, if not for Susan, from A Juggling Mom, who kindly agreed to help me out. Susan is a personal friend of mine, and also a very cool, fun-loving mum to a cute little girl named Sophie. (Thanks Susan, you did a great job!)

So…here goes.

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[DRUMROLL]

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The winner is…

Darienna!

Her caption was:

“No one messes with the flowers! U hear me? NO ONE!”

Congratulations Darienna! 😀

And…

Here’s the special something that I promised.

Ahem.

I’m proud to present to you the Captain of Captions Award! I truly hope you like it!

Captain of Captions

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