Tuesday, May 25, 2010

War Wounds

"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.

The poor guy has many more wounds than I do. I'm sure it's the combination of being a new walker and having a large head that is hard to control. Seriously -- 90th percentile, people. His face in particular is pretty much always bruised and scraped. I'm surprised that CPS hasn't set up camp in front of Guido.


  1. Hey there! I am visiting from MBC! What a little cutie! wait until he starts climbing and running at the playground. But it is all part of growing. Come visit me at Mama's Little Chick.

    Mama Hen

  2. aw, what a cutie! i've got a little guy too and no doubt these days aren't far off for us! ;)

  3. Awww, send us your photos and we'll have JI work his magic re-touching! heehee.
    Maybe its time to invest in some padding??!
    EJ :)

  4. Thanks for stopping by, MBC ladies! I can only imagine what the future holds-- perhaps packaging him in bubble wrap pre-playground?

  5. Hey there, Im a new blogger and a new follower of your blog. Such an adorable little boy you have. I have 2 girls, Emma is 8 and Mary is 22months. If you your wondering if girls are easier, I would have said yes definetly, but that was before I had Mary.She is a huge handfull all the time. She is into everything constantly. I have locked and gated everyroom in my house except her playroom. Seems like we are on the same page with our little ones so come visit me and follow me at my blog.