As I was sitting and playing with them the other day, I had a revelation: my boys are baby teenagers! They are in their teen months! I started researching if there might be any parallels between babies in their teen months and teens in their teen years and I realized I was on to something...
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Here's the link), below are some feelings and behaviors common to teenagers (especially early ones from 13-16 years). I have put evidence as to how Nolan and Judah fit with many of these.
This teenage month stage has been quite a roller coaster for me as well.
The highs are SO high, wonderful, and amazing; I can't get enough of all they want and are willing to learn and how many things they are constantly showing us. I want those play time moments to last forever. How can you not be on cloud nine when a baby runs into your open arms, stands on their tippy toes at the screen door to greet you when you get home, sits patiently with their hands folded together to wait to say prayers before eating, or learns in to give you a kiss? How can you not want to cry tears of joy when you see your kids laugh at each other, play together, or hug each other?
The lows can also be very low: Nolan having a 20 minute tantrum because he couldn't reach a remote control or Judah just deciding every now and then to NOT take his afternoon nap and how we seem to be consistently one wrong step away from a trip to the emergency room has pushed and challenged me certainly.
What I do know is how proud I am to be patient and calm I've been so far during this new stage. I also know how appreciative and thankful I am that it's summer and I can be there all day every day for Nolan and Judah as they go through these tumultuous teenage months. I know how powerful and important it is to have consistent parental support through these uncertain and sometimes difficult times (haha) And what I do know, more than anything else, is how much I love my 'teenage' boys!