"I'm a soldier of love, every day of my life" ~ Sade
I can recall being at a friend's house a couple of years ago and chatting away with her while watching her little boy pounce on her repeatedly while grabbing her hair and socking her in the side. She continued our conversation without appearing the tiniest bit distracted. I tried to keep my jaw from unhinging and dropping to the floor. She calmly told him something in Swedish and he skipped off toward his dad. Impressed hardly describes how I felt. But it also made me fear having a rambunctious little boy who beat me up so regularly that it wouldn't phase me.
I guess nothing could prepare me for the toddler-driven violence that I now encounter regularly. I've posted before about Q's love bites. And yes, those are still a regular occurrence. But now there are also slaps, punches, hair and earring pulls, etc. Oh, and the intensity of the headbutts can be mind-boggling. Literally. Last night I was convinced I had a mild concussion from an especially forceful one.
What I want to know is -- is it just boys? Or do girls go through a violent toddler phase? I don't think Q means to inflict pain or harm. Many times those headbutts are accidental, and I know he's testing his limits and all of that baby milestone stuff.