Alright, so my perfect, sweet, loving baby boy has a mean streak...and I don't like it one bit.
This kid has taken to hitting. He will hit me, the hubs, the dog - it doesn't matter - when he's mid-tantrum or just frustrated. At first (and we are talking just a few times) we laughed when he did this. I think it just caught us both by such surprise that we thought it was funny. Now? It definitely ain't funny.
And not only does he hit, but he throws things when he's mad too. And hard. Of course, we've taught him how to throw - like a baseball, a basketball, normal stuff - but we never intended him to use his throwing skills against us. And this kid can really throw a ball well...and hard! We have practiced with a real baseball and after a couple close calls, I've been hiding those real baseballs.
And these tantrums. Let's just say mama isn't pleased. When he isn't done playing with something and you try to pick him up - he arches his back and goes limp so he just about slides right through your hands. And now he's started kicking his legs. I thought this wasn't supposed to happen until like the terrible twos or something...not 14 months?
The other night I was the unlucky one who was caught in the middle of one of his little tantrums. I picked him up and he threw his head back HARD and caught me in the lip. Immediately, I could feel my lip swelling up. I mean, I've always wanted some Angelina Jolie lips, but this wasn't how I figured I would be getting them.
Any tips on how to make this stop? Do we ignore it? Hit him back? (Ok, I'm not really going to hit him back. Kidding here.) Tell him no? Help, please.