Whining 101

I’m usually loathe to complain in any way about Charlie or raising him. I live in mortal fear that some parent will Google “brain damage,” end up here, read my ravings, and then begin an immediate spiral of despair.
Like I ever had that much power.

I suspect, however, that what we’re dealing with is more of a two year old thing and less of a disability thing although my knowledge of typical two year olds is limited to blogs and my friends’ random Facebook postings.

You see, Charlie’s developed a case of whiney woos. That’s a technical term, but whiney woos are easy for even a layman to spot. Just look for the whining. Charlie whines if I leave the room, if I eat and don’t give him any, if I run water and don’t give him a bath, if a therapist shows up, if I take too long making his meal, if he wakes up and isn’t immediately greeted, or if he doesn’t like the current video selection.

So, basically all the time.

It’s a L-OT of whining.

I guess it could be worse–there could be tantrums, but this business is getting so old it’s starting to collect Social Security.


In other, completely un-related news, I’m thinking about having my ears surgically removed. Any thoughts?

Pictures of practice eating with a fork. He’s got the motion right, but his stabbing still needs work.

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  1. Sounds like typical 2-year-old behaviour to me. Not fun. But still typical.

    And although I may be dealing with 2 two-year-olds over here…I'm at a loss for what to do. I guess just grin and bear it…and say over and over to yourself "this too shall pass".

  2. Ohhhhhhh, no! Katy, I knew there was a big stinker hiding behind all those cute pics! Faith does it too, though. She has recently started trying food and begs for everything! And there is HECK to pay if I don't share. She will follow me around- pulling on my pant leg or falling in the floor like the whole world is coming to an end! We should look at it like they are doing "normal" things but that's easy to say when you don't have to listen to it! LOL!

  3. Baylee and Blair's page says:

    Girl… Blair went through a phase like that after we came home from surgery. And, she had that bald spot. She has finally gotten better. I think every child reacts differently at that age. For her… I think it just had something to do with spending that much time in the hospital.

    Hugs – Tiff

    PS – You're an AWESOME MOTHER!

  4. Oh my goodness, I totally feel your pain!!!
    By the way I was looking at your pictures and was wondering where you found that awesome trike?

  5. I've got a gutfull of this from my 3 1/2 year old right now – enough to make me long for age two, which was vastly better than age three. Vastly. Good luck.

  6. yep! totally normal! I have a 2 year old too, and he's doing the exact same thing…ALL THE TIME. maybe we could just put them in the same room and see which one can out-whine the other??!?!

  7. Totally normal and expected. I've heard rumors that whining resurfaces again around the age of 13 and can last for several years there after:)
    I've given you the Lemonade Award, you rblog has kept me laughing & informed (especially about ABR) for sometime & I really appreciate you sharing everything about Charlie with the world.

  8. that pic could be drake. same high chair, same bowl (if it's from ikea), same fork. :) though, i just got new forks with sharper tines. i found the ones in your picture to be too nubby for effective stabbing. the new ones are still toddler friendly – they are gerber but the next age up – 18+ mos or something. i have also found that when drake holds the fork tines down, it's easier for him to stab. that is how his OT has him hold his fork, too.

  9. MelissaInk says:

    Whining? Totally a 2 year old thing. I suspect it will pass (might be years), but you may want those ears down the road.

  10. Hmm… we still have that problem at 7! My step-daughter barely whines about anything tho so definitely child personality dependent.

    And you can't eat anything interesting around this house without having to give it up to the children. It has gotten to the point that I eat differently on the weekends so I don't have to deal with giving the kids something that wasn't bought for them.

  11. Yeah – I'm in the same boat too although it seems to come in spurts. Rather than have your ears removed, perhaps invest in ear plugs :)

  12. OH MY GOODNESS. The whiney woos? Might be the BEST TERM EVER INVENTED.

    A little thing that makes me feel better is saying out loud to the whiney woo-er, "Emmett, you're being such a TWO YEAR OLD.". It helps me much more than you'd think.

  13. Oh boy. Love the humor in this post. Yep, totally a 2-year-old thing. Emma is still whining at 6! UH, YEAH! She is very bossy! Most cannot imagine the drama that she is so capable of! No advice! Obviously!

    I think you're great though! Does that help? :)

  14. Yep, definitely a two-year old thing. Would love tot ell you it gets better, but three was always worse with my boys. Hmm..weren't you just hinting the other day about wanting another one? lol

  15. Wherever HE Leads We'll Go says:

    We are there too! We have been listening to whining for days on end and my husband and I are ready to run screaming from the house some days! It is a bit like nails on a chalkboard. We suspect teeth, but then, that is just wishful thinking. If it is teeth, then they will come in and the whining will go away, right? RIGHT!?!

  16. I think it's a typical thing–and typical is good even if it is whining!!!!

  17. I am laughing my butt off over here. I'm telling you–Merrick and Charlie would get along great. Whiny, but great.