Does anyone else have the problem of having one (or more) children who are perfectly normal and happy, and one who just never stops screaming/whining/crying? Greta seems to have grown from a fairly happy (not joyful, but I would say average) baby into the most unhappy toddler I've ever met. I kind of can't believe how much she screams. I've spent most of my time since about Christmas feeling sorry for her and giving her many excuses. Teething, tummy aches, etc. But now I'm just getting worn down by her. And I feel so sorry for Anja... Anja, who builds things and wants to show me, but I have to shout my praise to her in order to be heard over Greta's screaming. Anja, who has become a better sleeper BECAUSE Greta spends so much time screaming. Anja who was such a difficult baby, but grew into such a GREAT toddler that we've been saying for months about Greta "just wait until she can crawl/walk/communicate. Remember how great Anja got when she hit that milestone?" And as these milestones come and go, she just becomes more and more difficult to the point where it's really hard for us to even leave the house.
Yesterday we drove down to McCormicks Creek and on the way down we stopped at the Conservation Club so Martin could shoot for a few minutes. The girls and I went toad hunting by the ponds. (We didn't find any.) On the way from the car to the ponds there is a fork in the drive that begins the exit, which goes up past the clubhouse and back around. We weren't going that way because that's not where the ponds are. Greta started up that way while Anja and I went straight and I turned back and said cheerfully, "C'mon, G! The pond is this way!" She threw herself down on the ground screaming and crying. This is the kind of sensitive she is. And she does this everywhere we go. In the yard, in the stores, in the car, at church, in the living room.
Does anyone else have this problem? And if anyone has, does it ever end?!
Less complainy post coming later, with pictures from the weekend!