Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The bad and the ugly

Much to catch up on as usual, but I thought I'd post about some bad and ugly stuff since it's usually about the good. :)
Life is crazy! Sarah is approaching her 2nd birthday and has decided to do it with a bang. I'd like to give her a break since we have had so much change in the last month, vacations, company, no routine per say, however, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go crazy if the whining and tantrums don't stop!! She has developed this high pitched scream and decided her means of communication will be whining and repeating herself 1 million times. Yes 1 million! No more listening... this girl has her own agenda. Is this normal? Is this a phase? How to stop the whining? Ideas please?! Im getting less and less patient. Who's in control here? Who is the parent and decides the rules? She thinks she should. Wish us luck on this new phase. We need it!! Big time!!

12 comments:

Julia said...

you know i am ZERO help here - but GOOD LUCK! sarah - julia says no more high pictured screaming! :)

happy birthday. cannot believe she is two.

Kim said...

Uh, we're in the exact same boat. So, if you get any good advice, send it to me! I've even let Macie revert back to drinking bottles because when she wakes up from her nap she whines for at least an hour. And at least the bottle stops that. I know I'll have to wean her from the bottle again but whatever. I won't have to hear whining for a while. In fact, she's standing right by me this second whining at me. Fun times.

Baldersons said...

I'm glad someone else is going through the same thing...Sophie seems to have hit that lovely stage too...I think it is the age?! If you find anything that stops the tantrums let me know...I would love advice too! Hope you are all well other than that!

Rach said...

Oh man! We are going through the same stuff over here too. It was worse right after Cameron was born though. In fact, it was pretty rough...but things got better. Now we are just on the usual roller coaster ride of emotions.
My mom gave me the idea (during our hard time with Ty) to spend one ENTIRE day just giving him tons of attention. I didn't do any cleaning, phone calls, checking emails, etc. I planned lots and lots of fun little activities and we just spent time the whole day. That really made a difference for Ty, since he was feeling like the baby was take over. Just an idea....
Good Luck and hopefully we'll see you on Friday!

Julie said...

Lindsey, That sounds exactly like my 9 month old, minus the repeating stuff since she only says "ba". Don't tell me she's starting super early on this one! I don't have any helpful advice, but good luck, and your not alone :)

mj said...

I laughed at your phone call today; but I have to say that it didn't even hold a candle to Leah's tantrums. Sorry. And you STILL think this is convincing me to have another baby?

And can Sarah teach Leah to repeat SOMETHING? ANYTHING!

Welcome to the twos, my friend. :)

Valerie said...

2 was so hard with Stockton, he would laugh, cry, laugh, cry in a matter of one minute. I was going CRAZY. It was the hardest stage for me, he got better at 3. Sorry this doesn't add much comfort, but when I was feeling flustered, I would put him in his room if he was screaming and crying, make him sit on his chair and then close the door for a few minutes so I could catch my breath...good luck, this too shall pass ;)

Heather said...

Join the club!! Kyler does that ear piercing scream all day. I HATE it. Don't know what to do either! I've tried telling him he has to go in his room until he stops, but it's not proving super effective yet :) Good Luck! We both need it ;)

The Goffs said...

I tell Scotty that whiners don't get what they want. He ABSOLUTELY does NOT get what he's asking for if he's whining. If he continues to whine, he goes in his room for a couple mins until he's ready to stop whining. At first it took a while for him to stop whining... he had to go back to his room a few times. But now all I have to say is "are you whining?" or "whiners don't get what they want." And he'll stop and ask for it in a normal voice. We'll see if this same routine works for Gracee tho! Good luck!
:) Jenn

Jenn and Seth Phillips said...

I have found that humor gets me through a lot of difficult periods. Like when Cohen was colicky for the first 5 months of his life. Now when he goes through certain phases that aren't my favorite I find myself laughing a lot of the time or mimicing(sp) him to see if it annoys him as much as it annoys me.( I know I am very mature) He does the high pitch scream and he repeats himself all the time but even now thinking about it I laugh. I think I have somehow managed to train my brain to laugh at things that are usally annoying.

Duke said...

Dear Lindsey, Sarah is just too cute to be that way... I'll believe it when I see it :) lol. Well, it sounds as if it's just the age and hopefully it will pass sooner than later!

Shandi Brown said...

2 is by far the hardest for me!! Hudson started throwing fits and whining. I am like Jenn, I try to not give him what he wants unless he "says it nicely" Decide how much you can handle and when i hit my limit I put him in his room. My mom was on the phone with me and talked me through a fit, that helped. I just told him "we dont throw fits, so I will come get you when you have calmed down" then leave, but continue to listen for when they do calm down. I am still trying to figure out this discipline thing, its hard!! Good luck!