Isn't there a show that is, or used to be, on TV called Super Nanny? I think the premise of the show is that a British woman, claiming to be a parenting 'expert,' comes to a family in need of some reforming.
We are that family. Nothing we do works.
I mean, sure, baby G is only 10.5 months old, but things are absolutely ridiculous around here. I really don't know what to do anymore. I even told my mom, "I am over it. I'm done being a mom." and I only kinda didn't mean it.
Earlier in her life my husband and I patted ourselves on the back for having 'such a good baby.' People loved seeing her and she was a really social baby. She played well. She was up for any adventure we went on.
At one point in her life, G slept through the night. Those were the good days. We were better parents, she was a happier baby; we were all able to actually enjoy our lives.
Not any more. I was thinking it was just a phase; but I think months of bad behavior can make it official. If all of her "bad" behavior is due to teething, then I wonder what will she be like when she is done getting teeth. She won't know any other way to act.
Yes, she is a great gift from God, and we love her a lot....but she is NOT AT ALL an easy baby. I try to remain positive. I smile at her, I sing her songs, and I really relish the good times (because there are good times).
Many days I find myself longing for bed time. Although, even then there's nothing to get too excited about because 95% of the time I have to get up with her 4 or more times at night (and I do mean have to get up with her). We've tried sleep training, but it's really for the birds. Maybe it worked for you, and I thought it worked for us...but my daughter reverted despite all of our attempts. My husband has tried to go to her in the middle of the night. Even if he can get her "calmed" down, once he lays her down she screams bloody murder again. Last night we tried for 2 hours and finally I just nursed her back to sleep because we were all in dire need of sleep. Perhaps you think we should let her sleep with us....it's too late for that. I've tried, but she doesn't fall asleep outside of her crib.
She refuses to eat anything but puffs, peas, yogurts, and sweet potatoes. I offer her lots of foods and she refuses, throwing a fit in her high chair. Meal times are super fun.
I try to take her on walks, and she ends up crying for nearly half of it. Yesterday, I ran the last half of our walk...not because it kept her from crying, but because it got us back quicker.
She is not well behaved in church; we have to pace the back with her to keep her from screaming.
AND SHE'S ONLY TEN MONTHS OLD. What the heck is she going to be like as a 2 year old????
So...thanks for reading. I wouldn't be a true mommy blogger if I didn't tell it how it is sometimes.
ps. I just got off the phone with my mom, who politely informed me that whatever we are doing isn't working (duh), so I should try something else. Any thoughts on what that something else is?