The last two weeks have been…difficult. To say the least.
Aside from the constant nagging backache, being completely exhausted, the round ligament pain, a few work frustrations, and my sudden need to clean every surface in sight (despite aforementioned exhaustion)…I’m convinced it’s a full moon because Noah has been difficult.
Yes. This “sweet, innocent” little person is being a pain.
Numerous tantrums have been thrown.
I’ve repeated myself more times than I can count.
He’s not listening.
He’s being stubborn.
And he’s regressing in areas that we’ve had mastered for months. He’s had a handful of potty “accidents” these last couple of weeks that have left me frustrated beyond belief.
Bedtime is a nightmare. So bad these last few weeks that I don’t even look forward to sleeping at night. In fact, I dread it. Wholeheartedly. A normal bedtime routine consists of a bedtime story, a goodnight hug and kiss and that’s it. This week (and last)? Bedtime story. Tantrum for a second bedtime story. Hug. Kiss. Need for another hug and kiss. Climb out of bed, run into our bedroom, climb in the bed with us, tantrum because we won’t let him stay there…you get the idea.
That goes on for about 45 minutes. I’ve resorted to everything I can think of to get him to stay in bed. I’ve let him turn his TV on…told him he could watch a movie but he had to stay in bed. Didn’t work. I made a small bed of blankets on the floor in our room. Told him he could sleep there but he had to stay put. I’ve used the “you don’t have to go to sleep, but you have to stay in bed” approach. Didn’t work. We’ve tried disciplining him for not staying put…taking away toys…the whole run him back and forth to the bed every time he gets up…
I love this kid to pieces. But is a decent nights rest too much to ask?
It’s left me feeling overwhelmed and terrified of what’s to come.
I’ve been questioning myself…my parenting skills…my sanity for the last two weeks.
Is this what I have to look forward to when Jonah’s born?
Are we going to regress back to complete toddlerhood because the new baby is here?
What am I doing wrong?
WHY WON’T YOU SLEEP?!
For those of you with older kids and toddler who have added to your family, did you experience signs of regression? For those of you who have had trouble getting your kids to bed at night…what finally worked for you to get them to stay put?! How do you deal with tantrums?