In this house, "the terrible twos" refer to the first two years of life. All of my kids are monstrous for that time and gradually, in the months leading up to their second birthday, things improve. Sleep becomes more regular, whining, screaming and frustration decrease.
On Saturday, Adam turned two. True to family form, he is friendlier, and happier. He is sweetly affectionate and doles out kisses freely. He hasn't outgrown a fearful temper but its frequency is less.
Happy birthday, Adam!