You poor thing! I totally get where you’re coming from. My first stopped napping just before 2 even though he soooo needed it, is very hyper, and was a whingy mess half the day. Nothing would settle him. It all gets so overwhelming. I don’t know what to say except time passes. Just try and be calm as you can. If your husband is not helping, you really need to explain to him you’re not coping well. You NEED time off! Half an hours walk, on your own, will feel amazing. You’ll feel you’ve done something for yourself, and cleared your head. Also, try going to bed earlier. Right now, sleep is more important than “me” time, although it seems unfair. But after one week of walks, and more sleep, you will feel so much better. Just try and enjoy them, as tiring as it can be, they really do grow fast as you know. Do what you can to show how much you care, make things fun, and hopefully they’ll also notice Mummy can be fun. Fun rewards I do for my kids to motivate them to pick up toys, play nicely, do a small job I’ve asked etc are – coloured baths ( use a few drops food colour), homemade playdough, painting or craft, sometimes we wrap up small toys to make presents, lol, which they love, just about anything. Or go for a walk with the kids and a pram and collect random stuff as “treasures” like sticks, leaves, rocks, flowers etc. It only has to be up and down the street. Most of all, you are not alone. We all feel like you do from time to time, no one is perfect.
Posted by Sarah Kennedy, 7th May 2013