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Poor DS has been 'challenging' today

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PseudoBadger Sat 31-Aug-13 19:20:29

DS is 2 years 7 months. I am 34 weeks pregnant.

He has always been very clingy and would follow me around, getting upset if I went to the loo etc.
We've never had any behaviour issues that haven't been overcome with me being consistent and calm, which I've always found easy. He's generally pretty compliant.

Today he has hit a new low. It's been a real love-hate relationship today. He has hit me in the face a couple of times (once more accidentally but whilst holding something, once on purpose and got me in the eye). He's clambering all over my ample bump which isn't a problem as long as he stops when I ask, but he hasn't stopped today.
He's kicking me if I change him or get him dressed, normally I battle on through and we move on but I'm just worn out today.
Despite appearing to hate me he's screaming blue murder if I leave him.

He has been out of the house 3 times today, and been in the garden when we're at home. He's had a nap. It's like a monster has come from nowhere! And I'm almost at the end of my tether pregnancy wise size of a whale and am not sleeping well. My patience is running thin and I really don't need him to do this right now.

Can anyone help? <pleads>

JellyCurls Sat 31-Aug-13 19:54:07

Wonder if its an age thing my 2 yr 7 month is the same just now. Also we have a baby due in 4 weeks so maybe that's unsettling them. Hoping a super nanny experienced mum can come along and advise us x

PseudoBadger Sat 31-Aug-13 20:18:47

Thank you Jelly, sounds like it's an age thing maybe! It's been such a quick escalation into nightmare it took me by surprise!
I am dreading being post c-section sad

TheFalconsmistress Sat 31-Aug-13 21:30:10

Ds did all of this at the same age he also is normally a content wee child. I stood firm with the hitting and gave him a stern row for it so he understood but everything else I found best tot let it slide, I also let him go to bed when he pleased but that it was on the condition he read/watched/played something in his room or in the lounge but he was not noisy or teary. He in the end went to bed with some cosy milk on his own. It is frustrating as long as you just focus on the important battles it will be easier to get through flowers

PseudoBadger Sat 31-Aug-13 22:46:24

Thank you falcon!

Ledkr Sat 31-Aug-13 22:54:57

I started a thread about my same age dd.
I felt mentally ill today with her behaviour.
She won't play alone and has to have my undivided attention constantly, only happy out of the house, gets undressed all the time, won't sit in car seat or walk nicely with me when out.
I'm glad it's the age.
I'm also glad I'm not pregnant as well grin

ElBombero Sat 31-Aug-13 23:01:16

Oh dear! I've had a very similar day with 2.6 DD today, for the first time ever she made me cry
hmm (also pg 39wks) she was being so so naughty all day, made her pasta for tea which she asked for, served it and she flipped it off the table n shouted "no!! I want beans!" Keeping calm at that time is just so so hard. I told her it was naughty / only reason i made it was because she asked etc... Put ruined tea in bin warmed her up half of tin of beans that was sat in fridge, gave her the beans to which her answer was "NO Pasta!" Told her the pasta was in the bin cos she had thrown it to which she then cried / shouted / screamed and eventually properly sobbed ppppppaaassssta. So I just put her in the bath and cried. Really hard day...

Ledkr Sat 31-Aug-13 23:08:20

What's the matter with you all having more?!
Ha ha she's my 5th btw.
I cried too at the dinner table and screamed as she undressed and took her hair out just as we left for a party 25 mins after it started.
I cried harder when I opened some fizzy water and it sprayed all over me as if it had been shaken for hours.

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 02:52:24

Thanks Ledkr I saw your thread. DS has also refused to hold my hand on the pavement this week so we've either been returning to the car or house as quickly as I can waddle holding him!
And El I usually get a perverse enjoyment out of following through when DS has said he didn't want something at dinner. But agree that emotions are just too readily activated right now and yes we've both ended up sobbing sad
There was an incident today with playdough being used as a football and the the bin. Cue much sobbing of "myyyyyyh blueeeeeeeee playyyyyyyyyu doughhhhhhhhhhh" grin

Bearandcub Sun 01-Sep-13 03:59:58

They come through it, promise.

DS1 was horrific - but he has calmed down/ grown up into a back-chatting threenager who loves rude words, his willy, homemade weapons and his brother.

Not really selling it am I?

VortexOfDisaster Sun 01-Sep-13 04:08:30

Welcome to terrible twos/ threes!

This too will pass! (but alas not just yet... wink)

icepole Sun 01-Sep-13 05:04:23

45 minutes of refusing to get in her car seat here. Was awful.

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 07:06:29

Oh god Bear I thought you said 'teenager' and i'd have this for 10 more years!

Ledkr Sun 01-Sep-13 07:36:03

Yes but I've done 3 teens and am on a tween ATM
I'd rather them than dd at the moment.
Dreading the day here. Dh at work and dd1 off to her dads.
Just me and dd2 ALL DAY <twitches>

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 07:40:59

Good luck! DP had plans to bugger off out to watch the football this afternoon. I've persuaded him to watch it here and have a couple of his friends over so DS can run them ragged and we'll have a BBQ; DS can be Fireman Sam and warn us all of the FIRE!

Ledkr Sun 01-Sep-13 07:45:17

<sobs> I want to watch the football, back in the day I'd have been in the pub with my friends now I'm here dreading my day sad

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 07:53:36

I don't want to watch it! I just didn't want to be alone with the monster grin

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 07:54:08

I'm sorry you're dreading it. Have you got anything planned?

Ledkr Sun 01-Sep-13 07:57:24

Not really. It's hard on a Sunday everyone's busy.
Hoping weather is nice so we can go swimming. I can see a friend maybe.
I'm going into hospital tomorrow for minor op. in overnight then dh off for a week.
Is it mad that I'm looking forward to the break shock

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 08:03:42

Not mad at all - I'm looking forward to a few hours before my elcs in a similar way grin

Ledkr Sun 01-Sep-13 09:02:19

Ha ha
Yes I had a section and dh and I read the papers before walking down to theatre. Very civilised.
Weather nice so swimming it will be.
She loves it and is generally happy there.

FamilyNapPlease Sun 01-Sep-13 09:41:53

I am fully behind doing whatever gets you through hard days. Wine at lunch time, movie on after breakfast, pyjamas all day if that's easier, crackers for lunch.... I just think some days are harder than others and if the wheels are falling off we need permission to bend with the wind and cut some corners if they help get us through! Of course daily application of this theory week in week out not ideal smile

FamilyNapPlease Sun 01-Sep-13 09:43:18

Oops wine not greatest suggestion at 34 weeks preggie sorry op! Lovely juice? Strong cup of tea?

PseudoBadger Sun 01-Sep-13 10:35:10

We just went for a dog walk (DS rides his bike) and I had a bit of a break down and sob, because DS wanted to go towards the busy car park rather than the nice green field. One of the dogs got really worried by my tears and DS said "no cry mummy" and we had a cuddle. He can be lovely!
Hope your day goes ok Ledkr.

I just had a chocolate biscuit FamilyNap grin

Ledkr Sun 01-Sep-13 10:42:52

We are all eating cake here!!
I cried pitifully when the soda water sprayed me.
I sat there dripping and sobbing

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