Two weeks ago we went to Mexico and she had a great time, but didn't sleep soundly and got sick at the end. So
This week she's mostly well and is sleeping soundly through the night again. She's also melting down a couple times a day. My childhood psychology class is a decade past now, so my memory is foggy. But I do remember that part of the reason the 2s are "terrible" is because a child develops so much so fast that they have trouble computing it all and keeping up with their development without getting exhausted. I know that in my head and it makes breathing through the drawn out tantrums a bit easier, but they are still frustrating.
I can easily imagine parents who didn't have a good example in their own parents and don't know a lick about psychology or development coming to their wits end quickly. I'm grateful I have all of that to pull on.
If you're struggling with a tantrumming toddler, know that it doesn't last forever, it does get better, and they themselves often don't fully understand why they're upset.
and now I'm off to attend to my own screaming child.