05 February 2009

Hard/Easy/Hard

Easy aspects of Gabriel:
  • He speaks clearly and fluently.
  • He's fully potty trained.
  • He's intelligent.
  • He can be reasoned/bargained with.
  • He has a fairly keen grasp of punishments and rewards.
  • He naps.
  • He naps in unfamiliar settings.
  • He can be distracted with the television.
  • He can play for long periods of time by himself.
  • He's careful, and is unlikely to make a huge mess, break things, or hurt himself.
Difficult aspects of Gabriel:
  • He lacks the desire or inclination to ever eat anything at all, a necessary component of STAYING ALIVE.
  • He's a whiner.
  • He's extremely picky.
  • He has a lasting memory. If he falls asleep wanting something, he wakes up with the exact same agenda the next day.
  • You have to fight with him to get him to eat.
  • He has no problem throwing balls out, kicking, screaming, awful tantrums, in public, on a semi-regular basis.
  • He's bossy.
  • He cannot tolerate a situation where he perceives anything less than 100% of my undying attention is directed at him.
  • He doesn't enjoy eating.
  • He is impossible to get moving in the morning.
  • He ALWAYS wakes up crabby.
  • He's extremely particular about his clothes.
  • Did I mention the food thing already?

11 comments:

  1. Bossy? I wonder where he got that....

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  2. My parents had a hard time getting me to eat when I was a kid, they found out I was lactose intolerant, so everytime I ate I got a belly ache. After that ... I was gung ho to eat, as long as I wasn't going to ache for hours afterwards.

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  3. I'm still working on the potty-training thing, myself.

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  4. Oh man, the smart ones never forget anything, it's so annoying!

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  5. It's SO annoying when they won't eat!
    "How many more bites?"...I HATE THOSE WORDS.

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  6. I am commenting on your posts because you changed the format. I do as I'm told. I like the new format because pop-up boxes are scions of the devil.

    Aside from being potty-trained, my daughter matches Gabriel on a fair amount of both the good and the bad. A little more interest in food - though not always, and she's undersized. The pickiness about the clothing sometimes makes my head explode.

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  7. I know where he gets the good memory from.. isn't the not eating food thing so frustrating. I know this doesn't compare at all, but when we travel, Maggie stops eating 100%. like for up to 5 days... I don't understand. then she starts eating dirt and grass and snow and begging like crazy, but won't eat her own food. She is a dog, this is your son, magnitudes of difference, but I can understand.

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  8. So what you're saying is he doesn't want to eat? Just making sure, I almost missed that.

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  9. So you have issues with Gabriel and eating?
    The ability to nap anywhere is very overlooked as a child. Bossy...hmm...maybe strong-willed, like his mom?
    Some of that is very age appropriate. he is trying to figure out who he is! He sounds fun.
    PS...having a hard time commenting...dont' like it.

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  10. Yep, I've got a cranky morning man who remembers everything and refuses to eat much of anything beyond pasta and PB&J's. He's eight, so don't hold your breath on a lot of those issues resolving any time soon.

    Maybe it's because of that Aquarius curse ;)

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  11. Well there may be more bad than good, but at least he is potty trained. I will count that is a three-time win

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