Things are pretty lonely around here lately. I had been seeing less and less of the group of ladies that I used to do coffee with every week and various other things throughout the week and month. I kind of suspected that maybe they were cutting me out, because whenever I would phone anyone to try to set up a playdate, I would get the öh, we're kind of busy, I have this or that to do"routine, but I found out about a week and a half ago that they actually changed the day they were doing coffee and didn't tell me about it. So I'm pretty hurt about that, becuase it means I have maybe one or two friends left in town, and one of them is really busy, and the other is part of that group and usually keeps herself really busy. So I am an extrovert with no way to recharge myself except harassing my husband, the introvert who works with people all day.
Also Aaron is in that really evil toddler stage where he's hitting and throwing and having tantrums all day long about everything. I really find this stage draining becuase they just test and test and test all day and you just feel so negative at the end of the day becuase all you did was say "no. no. no. no. no."all day and pull them off of things / take things away / relocate / distract them. He's not very distractable, so the old diverting of attention ploy doesn't really work, its usually just got to be a direct no and remove the child with much screaming and flailing. But every time I get too tired and decide to let him be and not shadow his every move, there he is breaking a plate or smashing a mug into his brother's head or falling off the table, or standing in the middle of the street with a car honking at him.
And after his weekend being the centre of daddy's attention, Andrew has decided he doesn't actually like having a brother that much most days. He's all into playing by himself and not sharing anything. If Aaron tries to join in, he usually grabs the most precious item and the result is perilous screams of outrage. I let Andrew have a few "precious"items that Aaron isn't allowed to touch. These days he wants everything, especially anything Aaron decides to play with, is a precious item. Of course, the fact that his brother is mainly interested in taking the toys so he can smash them into Andrew's head doesn't help.
And I have a major BBQ, a fund raiser car wash, and a camping trip to plan and execute in the next three weeks. But I promise I will get those giveaway items done soon. Really.