Rye will be four years old on 1st Jan 2010. He is trying on four now in anticipation of his birthday.
"You be quiet, no shouting". He says to me pointing his finger.
I try very hard not to laugh, "Hey, don't speak to me like that,"
"Yes, I will speak at you", he tells me, narrowing his eyes and trying to look, well, not sure really.. but damn it's cute and I dissolve into laughter.
This boy of mine is pushing harder and harder at the boundaries, and at my authority.
At the moment I'm not quite up to the challenge, lurginess has raised the spectre of shouty mama, (hence the above dialogue) and she's not especially effective when dealing with a fiesty and cheeky almost four year old.
Sigh, I was just getting good at this three year old stage too.. now he's gone and changed again. Tiring and highly frustrating.... but oh, how exciting too and of course our relationship, once again changes, evolves and becomes more complex, more interesting... I confess though, there is some tredipation too.
I hope I'm mama enough to meet this next challenge.