In the last week Simon has suddenly added a new weapon to his box of defiance devices: Violence. When he doesn't get his way or we ask him not to do something, he starts to hit, kick or push. It's really scary to see it happen, because without a lot of experience, he doesn't have any sense of regret or understanding about why it's bad. He has also been using his head a battering ram, and we've both taken some pretty serious hits.
Despite his recent adjustments around bed time, he's having a lot of intense meltdowns as soon s we ask him to brush his teeth. At times, little things will set him off, especially when we ask him not to do something. While the ininitial shrieks are ear splitting, he also is getting skilled at turning it back off as fast as he turns it on.
I'm sure it's just another phase, but this one really sucks. Fortunately, we're still having some very nice, calm moments with him, and it's a good thing that he's so darn cute.