"Oh, that's nice."Although, after Charlie was born she made it clear what she was really thinking -
"I'm happy for you."
"Really, that's nice."
"Your kids are too close together in age. The perfect time to introduce a new baby is when your older one is 2 years and 9 months. Something magical happens when your child is 2 years and 9 months old."[Coincidentally, my younger sister and I are 2 years and 9 months apart.]
I wish I could say that my mother was wrong, but *sigh* she's right. Luke turned 2 years and 9 months old a few weeks ago and suddenly he really is easier than Charlie. It's incredible. I took him visiting teaching with me yesterday and he played quietly the entire time. He even cleaned up the toys at the different homes we visited. At Alchoholly's last Friday, he was such a pleasure that my grandmother wrote me a letter to tell me how wonderful Luke was turning out. My Luke? The crazy, locked me out of the house and was eating cake with a butcher knife kid?
Last month, I finally returned to Storytime since our embarrassing experience two years ago. It's a whole new world. Luke sat quietly today and listened to the story. He interacted with the storyteller and even sang the songs with her. It's unbelievable, really.
Now, on the flip side, Charlie is out of control. I spent Storytime letting Charlie push the stroller up and down the aisles of the library. If I would stop, he would scream. He's not fully walking yet, but he makes up for that by climbing everything. He loves to throw his food off of his tray and yell, "Uh-oh!" He puts his hands in the toilet any chance he gets. He messes things up and Luke cleans up after him. All I can think is, "What the heck? When did Charlie turn into Luke?"
So... this has led me to decide that Luke really wasn't that bad and Charlie really wasn't that great. It's an age thing. At least for MY kids it is. My mother tells me that 4 year olds are very "agreeable." Assuming that she is right about everything now, I can't wait!