They are more than just physical aches. My lovely neighbor, The Child Whisperer, clued me into the simple fact that when a child is going through a growth spurt they start acting out at the same time. I just realized after seeing how Lil' Miss has almost outgrown her leggings purchased for her at the start of summer that the major attitude problems we were experiencing over the past two weeks must have been due to a little growth spurt.
In spite of realizing the why, the simple existence of the 'tude is beyond aggravating. Ever have a cute little blonde blue eyed 5 year old talk back at you? Doesn't matter how cute that child may be, you still want to grab them by the scruff of the neck and pitch them out the nearest window. The fun is multiplied when you realize that elements of the 'tude are your own annoying habits being reflected back at you (yes, I really regret some of the choice phrases I have popped out with now that it's too late!). Thankfully it only last a few weeks and then she gets back to her normal self, but nw we get the fun new tricks she is learning from her friends at school to deal with!
Not to be left out Destucto-boy has entered the terrible twos. Lil' Miss didn't get there until she turned three, but the boy is already there. It is completely normal for the age, but sometimes it is just so incredibly tiresome, especially when you are trying to get somewhere and he insists on doing everything himself. Then when he doesn't get his way he starts screaming at such a volume as to put a Howler monkey to shame. Some days I wonder why it ever occurred to me that having children was a good idea, then one of them gives me a hug or kiss and I remember.
Mister Vonkysmeed and I are not looking forward to the teen years, I don't know how we will survive!