My 17 month old is driving me batty I hate to say it but I am really starting to dislike spending time with her. This has been getting progressively worse the last few weeks but very bad the past few days. A bit of background:
We don't live near family
we have just had a baby (3.5 months old)
hubby is away a lot.
She is sooooo active and I'm starting to wonder what is normal. I cannot leave anything unlocked for more than a second or she is straight in there, she climbs, she pulls, I live my life from the top shelf. Yesterday she learnt to open all the doors in our house and she went into the study (before I knew she could open the doors) and had turned the iron on which was facing some socks I went looking for her, smelt it (thankfully) and turned it off. This stuff is getting dangerous.
She is very intelligent (well I think so) ?
She will sit on the potty for wees and poos (but won't let me take her nappy off)
She says 4 word sentences.
She sings songs
She says most animal sounds
She knows almost every body part
She has impeccable hearing
Can undress herself and put her shoes and socks on (with help)
She reads books (turns pages, turns them the right way up and says what things are in them)
She will tell me yes or no to things she does or doesn't want
She will tell dad off if he goes outside without his hat on
She matches colours
This is hubby's 4th trip away this year when he is away she doesn't eat (much), she is really nasty to her sister, she is draining, demanding, she doesn't sleep. In fact she used to sleep 12 hours at night and maybe an hour day sleep but just won't go down the past few days. She can be quite nasty she will pinch me and stare at me saying "ow" she will stare at me while she smacks her sister over the head.
I am OVER IT. I have organised to see a counsellor as i just don't know how to support her with Dad away. I restrict my outings, I feel like I'm going to explode, I know I am displaying symptoms of anxiety and am seriously debating putting her in childcare one day a week. I have no motivation to go back to work (even though I would like to) and really want to get on top of this all but don't know how!?!
Do you think maybe she isn't stimulated enough? Haha she just brought a toy giraffe to me and said tall tall pointing to his neck. Ahhhhhhh please help!