For the past 6-8 months my Jake has been gone. In his place has been a moody, angry, defiant, sour, mean, pill of a child, with only brief moments of sweet Jake. I haven't posted much about it because it was really bothering me and it felt like I was doing something wrong and I just didn't need blog criticism about it. I can't stress enough how awful he's been. I was embarrassed to take him to friend's places. His attitude was just horrid. He acted mad all the time.
In my heart of hearts I hoped it was a phase. I needed it to be a phase. I felt sick when I'd think about the change in him. Obviously we knew the babies were the main cause and then the move and all the other changes he'd been through in the past 8 months. But it seemed like such a long phase I was really worried and second guessing my parenting skills, my decision making, my .... well everything.
Like a light switch something has changed. It has not been gradual. Over night he changed. I'm not kidding. It's like he woke up a completely different person (his old sweet self). He is doing things the first time he's asked, he's being nice to his brothers, he's helpful, fun, happier! He's his old self! Over freaking night he changed! It's been 5 days of this. Five days of heaven! My life is so much easier, happier! I have energy left over at night. Before he was exhausting me. I couldn't wait for daddy to get home and "take over". It's sad how much he drained me with the constant battles!
I have some fears that still cross my mind about why the sudden switch off of the poor behaviors. But I'm not going to focus on that right now ... I'm having too much fun with my Jakey back!