Well, today we went to Friendship Park in downtown Jax to start celebrating Father's Day weekend...and to get Shepherd out of the house because he was driving us batty with his non-stop talking! (In fact, if you look at the pictures, you'll see that nearly every picture that Shepherd is in, his mouth is wide open because he is talking!!)
This past week has been a tough one - Shepherd has been talking our ears off - I have had a headache daily (multiple times a day!) because of "word-overload"! Not only that, but he has developed a mind of his own...we knew this day would come, but we didn't think it would be so soon. Everything we say, Shepherd feels he has to analyze and determine whether he agrees or not. A few days I literally wanted to crawl in to a fetal position in a dark corner and suck my thumb - like I said....the incessant talking and newfound mind of his own is literally driving us batty! He also lied to us the other night and he stuck so firmly to his lie that it took about 10 minutes of both me and Chad sitting down with him and encouraging him to be honest until he finally admitted the truth. Chad and I were so dissapointed even though we knew that this day would also come....I guess we just didn't think it would be so soon. He apologized to both of us and even apologized to God. We've really been trying to teach him that when he disobeys or disrespects us as parents, that he is also disobeying and disrespecting God - that there is a line of authority that we all have to put ourselves under. I realize that is a tough concept for a 3 year old to grasp but he seems to be understanding a little. He has had a few opportunities to lie since then in order to avoid discipline and thankfully he has told the truth despite the fact that he knew he would get in trouble. On top of the incessant talking, he is also not sleeping much. For the past 3 days he has not taken a nap (due to talking to himself while he lays in bed), he is not going to sleep at night till 9:30-10pm (due to talking to himself while he lays in bed), and he is waking up at 6:30am every morning - and ofcourse as soon as he wakes up he comes running in to our room to wake us up. We have tried everything we can think of to get him to fall asleep faster at night, and either sleep later in the morning or at least play in the play-room quietly so that the rest of the house doesn't have to get up - but nothing is working!! And trust me - Chad and I are firm disciplinarians - we do not let him walk all over us or let him get away with things...which is another reason why I'm probably so exhausted because I feel like I'm disciplining him 24/7! Well, I obviousely needed to vent - sorry everyone! My next post will hopefully be much more positive!
On a much lighter note - Happy Father's Day to all you great dads out there!! I know it's mostly women who read my blog, but all of you women have awesome husbands and I hope they all have a wonderful day tomorrow!!