Hannah, bless her, is little miss independent - not that Leah isnt too, but Hannah gets the lovely addition of a bit of OCD-ness. She has to do EVERYTHING herself and things must be done the same way every time. For example - she had an hour long come apart because matt got her out of the bath one night instead of me. She forgets that she didnt get out the first 10 times I asked her, so I went and got her sister ready. Did not matter that she was dried and totally dressed, she was still screaming that she wanted Mommy to get her out.
They are now in this kick where they have to get in and out of the car by themselves. Matt made the mistake of getting Hannah out and carrying her in because they were already dressed for bed and did not have shoes on. This did not go over well. By the time we got upstairs she had lost it and went on and on about how she had to get out of the car by herself.
We tried distraction (wanna feed the dogs? lets brush your teeth and watch Wonderpets?"). All the things to do before bedtime. It would work for a minute and we would think she had forgotten until she would lose it again. She has a good memory. Finally I just asked Matt since it was so late to let her go get out of the car so we can put them to bed without her still screaming about the car thing. (every parent caves every now and then - dont judge)
Matt took her back downstairs where she climbed in the car, and had to go all the way to the far side of the car where she had been sitting so she could climb in the chair, then get back down and step out of the car. Then she was fine. She came up the stairs happily and settled down to watch the last 5 minutes of Wonderpets.
The next morning when she woke up in a sleepy daze she cried out one time. "I wanna get out of the car myself!" and then drifted back off to sleep.
Good grief. Please tell me this is just a toddler thing.