As I sit and write this post, I am struggling to keep my eyes open, and to remember the last time I actually had a full nights sleep. ...
As I sit and write this post, I am struggling to keep my eyes open, and to remember the last time I actually had a full nights sleep.
I am used to Little Man waking me up once or twice a night for his bottle, but the recent sleepless nights are being caused by Roo.
I really don't know what is going on with her at the moment, and with everything else that is going on, I am struggling to keep her behaviour under control.
Roo is 3 and a half, and seems to be reverting back to being a baby.
She keeps taking Little Man's dummy, and generally seeking attention by acting like a baby. She screams and cries and says "mama, mama", wanting me to pick her up all of the time.
I know it is quite common for a young child to take a couple of steps backwards after the arrival of a new baby, but Little Man is 6 moths old now, and I really thought we were turning a corner, but things seem to be getting worse instead of better.
On top of all the babyish behaviour, Roo has also started wetting the bed, and waking in the night, screaming and crying.
She refuses to let anyone near her, except for me, so I am always the one that has to comfort her, and I never seem to get a break.
Daddy D tries his hardest to take control, but Roo just screams louder, and stamps her feet harder, when he goes near her.
The night before last, Roo woke up at 2am, and didn't go back to sleep until 5am.
Little Man then woke up at 5:30am, deciding he wanted to get up for the day.
In total I had 3 hours sleep, and then I had to carry on with all the usual daily routine and chores.
She also woke up again last night, following the same pattern as before. Luckily she went back to sleep after a couple of hours, but by that time, she had been screaming so much that poor CJ, who shares a room with Roo, was also awake, and upset by the disruption.
Over the past few days I have been slapped, kicked, pushed, and had my hair pulled by Roo.
I feel like she is spiralling out of control, and I just don't know what to do to stop her.
I am completely exhausted, and fast approaching my wits end.