I've learned a few things. Our current "terrible two" situation is rough but it's not that horrible. What makes it unbearable is not getting a break. With Jeff working crazy hours and still being new in this area and therefore not having many friends, I don't have many opportunities to get away by myself these days. But I've learned that it is really important to find ways to recharge, even if I have to go outside my comfort zone and ask someone for help. That's really hard for me, but that day of the camel back post is evidence of how important it is.
Jeffy's in the throes of the terrible twos or whatever, but all he really needs is attention and love. That won't guarantee that he won't act out, but in the end, him knowing he's loved is the only thing that matters. I know that now and I knew it then, but my well was dry-- I had nothing left to give. Now that I've gotten a little break, I can come back and give him the things he needs. I'm capable of remembering what works with the little guy and can do it without losing my mind!
Today he and I made cookies together for the first time. He had a blast rolling the cookies into balls and we giggled together when we snuck little bites into our mouths. :) I had a great time too.
Thanks everyone for your kind words. I really needed to hear what you said, and it made my load lighter. Thank you.