Things around here have been really awesome lately. I think it all comes down to one simple thing: I quit my job.
When I was working (and she was coming to work with me) it was only a few hours each morning, so I didn't see how it could be so disruptive. But it was incredibly stressful and put a terrible strain on our relationship. I knew I had to quit when I realized I wasn't enjoying my daughter at all anymore. Now that I've quit, Coco is back to her usual self. She's joyful, energetic, curious, talkative, happy. She's not acting out in an effort to get attention. She's not willful and surly. It's so nice to have our girl back! I felt so bad about quitting, but it was absolutely the right decision.
Now our routine is back. We get up in the morning, have breakfast together and either get out to do something or relax a bit at home. I'm blogging again. Coco is napping again. I don't feel overwhelmed, irritated and tired all the time. We are all benefitting. And much to my surprise, two-and-a-half is turning out to be quite a delicious age. I'm blown away by the expressive, thoughtful little person she's become each and everyday. Oh, Coco. Words cannot express how I love you so. :)