My adorable, loveable, helpful toddler has vanished.
In his place is an exact replica of him, except this child is a monster. He looks the same, talks the same, eats the same, loves the same shows; but this kid won't listen to a word I say.
This kid is willing to sacrifice his life in order to steal his sisters Puffs. This kid is willing to risk bodily harm in order to climb to on top of the back of the couch and pretend as if he can fly. This kid will throw the world's best (worst) temper tantrum at the drop of a hat, for no apparent reason, and the come back to do whatever it was that got him into trouble in the first place.
I've tried to figure this out, and have narrowed it down to one specific type of monster: The Summer Monster.
He appeared within the last few weeks when the weather became so unbearable that going outside was no longer an option. You see, down here in the "deep south", summer is like what winter is up north - you hold up in your house for months, except down here you aren't adding clothing to keep warm, you're trying to wear as little as possible just so you won't sweat to death.
So, paying to join a local indoor play place became my only line of defense. Open play every day will surely help get this monster to head back to his land of orgin, and will hopefully aid in the return of that loveable toddler who once resided here.
In the meantime, if you have seen my child, please tell him that Momma misses him and wishes he would come back soon.