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Wednesday, October 1. 2008
This week the temperatures are about 20 to 30 degrees cooler than last week. We have gone from swimming in the back yard pool and going to bed with temperatures of 75 at night to wearing jackets and never coming close to 75 as the high temp of the day.
With this change in temperature, I have learned that LJ is not a jacket man. He screams as though I am torturing him from the minute the coat is on, til he manages to get it off. Yesterday, we dropped the older two off at a field trip and he rolled on the sidewalk screaming and yelling "OFF!! OFF!!!" until he managed to get his coat off. I ended up just leaving the kids without saying good-bye because he was screaming so loud that they couldn't here the person describing their day.
He certainly is becoming very independent. He doesn't want to be carried. Doesn't want to hold hands. He just wants to do what he wants to do which at 20 months isn't safe. We have the "if you don't hold my hand, you get picked up" rule in place for parking lots, however that translates to me trying to carry a writhing blob of 32 pound screaming mass. Today, he discovered the "pull your arm out of the sleeve" trick and I am left holding onto an empty sleeve. He quickly learned though that this was not the most comfortable position as he tried to run off while his shirt pulled tighter around his neck. It didn't translate quickly to an understanding of walking nicely in the parking lot after three different episodes today so we'll have to see if things "click" for him tomorrow. Perhaps it will be warmed tomorrow and we won'thave the jacket or sleeve incidents at all....until the temperatures drop again and we start all over.