Big E's existence: one giant time-out

Big E is turning three this week.  He is losing his baby-ness and turning into a little boy.  It is bittersweet for me.

There are some positives of him being older.  He UNDERSTANDS everything I say to him so communication has moved far beyond crying, grunting, and pointing.

On the flip side, while he understands what I am asking him to do/not do, etc, I'd say he listens to about 10% of what I'm saying.

Frustration doesn't even begin to describe my daily interactions (or maybe more appropriately named, battles) with Big E.  He saves his absolute worst behavior for me, like it is a special gift or something (where can I return it?).

I look at his sweet face and remember what a good baby he was.  Seriously, he was insanely good.  Don't worry, I'm getting it back in spades with the one-two combo of his current behavior and Little E constantly being on his period.

I feel like I'm always yelling at him or telling him no or being a mean mommy.  I hate it.  I want to be the fun and playful mommy.

I know that at this age he is exploring his independence, but I'm about one "NO, I'M NOT!" away from dropping him off at a fire station.  Is there an age limit for doing that, just wondering...

Anyway, I'd love to hear any suggestions for taming a three year old monster.

Or, if you'd like to take possession of one.
Big E, my wild thing.


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