Good days and bad days

And this is a bad day. :( We had a great start to the day - we all went for a walk and then went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for tonight's dinner. All was great! We even made the dessert for tonight together and all was good. And then, it all went downhill from there.

Kirsi doesn't seem jealous of Aidan and always wants to help us with him and play with him. She's a great big sister. But today, she got mad that I was feeding him and when I didn't come with her, she decided to hit him. Not allowed so off to timeout. The problem is that she continuously leaves timeout and comes back to hit him (not hard but still deliberate). We honestly go through the procedure at least ten times, every time she's in timeout. So, we got that over and done with and had some good play time together.

I called my mom this morning because it'd been a few days since I last talked to her. About 10 minutes into the conversation, Kirsi decides to kick Aidan. Once again, not hard but deliberately so it was back to timeout again. And the same rigamarole with timeout.

I had to run downstairs to take the dessert out of the oven so Kirsi came with me while we left Aidan upstairs. I got the dessert out and then told her I was heading back up to get Aidan. She didn't answer so I assumed she wanted to play downstairs. Once I was already upstairs, she started screaming that she wanted me to hold her hand to come up the stairs (this has been a point of contention for a long time now). I told her she had missed her chance and now I was upstairs with Aidan. Well, the screaming, hysterical crying began once again. I didn't give in and neither did she. She actually peed her pants while still on the stairs because she didn't want to give in and leave the stairs. Yikes! Then it was another episode with the peepeed pants, panties and socks. I finally convinced her to take off her clothes and then she could hop in the shower to get clean. This honestly lasted at least 20 minutes.

She is now in bed and sleeping, something that she's needed desperately all morning but wouldn't give in to. Aidan is sleeping too, albeit fitfully, so I may be able to fit in a couple minutes of sleep before he's up again.

The thing is, the good days are fantastic. Kirsi is so much fun and such a sweet girl and I love her so very much. But the bad days are horrible. Being consistent and calm takes so much energy out of me that I feel completely exhausted at the end of the day. I know that in a few years, I'll remember more of the good days than the bad ones. I just wish there were fewer bad ones!!

On a different note, today is Canadian Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow Canucks! I'm making a pseudo-Thanksgiving meal. We'll have the mashed potatoes, creamed corn and buns but I made a pumpkin dessert instead of a pie and we're going to try grilled turkey breasts rather than the whole big bird.
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