WOW! I don't know if Madeline is especially bad or if I'm just especially intolerant... There are some days that it takes all I have not to just jump up and run away. There are other days when I can't help but yell- I feel like an awful parent- I think that I need Super Nanny.
I think I'm doing everything right, and yet she still throws tantrums right and left... over NOTHING! It has been especially bad since I returned to work. I think that if I was working full time, that she'd get used to me not being around, but part time is hard on her. She gets my attention for 4 or 5 days in a row and then she feels like I abandon her. She starts to cry if I even mention the word "work" or if she hears my keys jingle. She's at home with Jeff when I'm at work, so it's not as though she is in a bad daycare situation. And the worst part is that she's usually pretty good for Jeff, and then falls apart the minute I walk through the door and continues for days. It doesn't help that she's been sick 3 times in the past 2 months or that she's getting her molars.
I have decided to try to put her on a stricter daily schedule, so she knows what to expect. I've thought about starting this for months now, but it's hard with Jeff working irregular hours. So, starting tomorrow, it's schedule time! I don't know if it will help with her behavior any, but maybe it will help me from losing my sanity!
My only saving grace is sweet, patient Ava. She is such a doll- still doesn't sleep worth cr@p at night.... but I guess nobody's perfect! She still isn't crawling- she's been scooting backwards for 2 months, but no forward progress yet. She LOVES food- evident by the sea of rolls (at 7 months, she weighed what Madeline weighed at a YEAR!!!!!!!). She still seems to have a dairy allergy, so we're both still avoiding that- and we have the constipation issue as well, so we have to avoid anything binding as well.
As for me, I'm surviving. Between lack of sleep, the terrible twos and work... I'm a zombie most days. My photography has taken off a bit and I have actually had a few paying clients! Here's a link to my site, in case you're interested!
Oh, and I got an IUD last week.. not my idea of fun, but it will be nice to not have to worry about BC. It still seems strange, after all we went through to have a baby, that I actually paid money to avoid pregnancy!
Here are my little bears-
I'm so sad that this board is so quiet... has everyone migrated to the other board, or are we all just too busy to post?