Lately DD2 has been acting, well, crazy. I don't know why. She has always been a high-energy kid, but lately it's gotten out of control. A few examples:
She is not listening--at all. We will ask/tell her to do something, like put her shoes away, come to dinner, etc., and she finds other things to do first (distracted).
She has become somewhat aggressive in general for some reason. Like she'll run up to her brother, give him a hard squeeze (way too hard because he ends up crying) and confess how much she loves him. Or she'll do something else physical with just enough strength to make him wail, like pat him on the back hard and say, aw, do you have hiccups?
She runs up to me, pulls my arm or hangs on my leg--usually when I'm holding the baby--and gets reprimanded because half the time she almost makes me lose my balance since I had no warning this was coming.
Ok, typing this out I'm seeing what I thought initially--she wants attention. Ok, I get that. And I understand...she's the middle now, and the baby requires a lot of attention (more so than some babies just because he will NOT be put down to sleep, so I'm either sitting with him trying to get him to la-la land enough to attempt to put him down, or wearing him so he'll at least get a nap on me). And her sister is 8 and is pretty self-sufficient, can do some things she can't, so she may feel a bit left out. So that's probably a big part of it. But when I try to do things with her and really focus on her, it's like it's never enough. LIke we took a really nice walk last week, she was on her bike and I was walking, and we talked the entire time and she was having a blast, but as soon as we got home it was like she went back into LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME mode.
I'm going crazy. We have a chart--a general listening chart--and it works ok. The first go-round was really good, but she seems to lose her motivation after we do the first one. But I feel like there are so many things now that are not going well I'm getting overwhelmed at where to begin.
She may be feeding of me, too. I feel very stressed--I'm having a hard time dividing my time fairly between the 3 kids. It's so hard to give everyone the attention they want! I feel like I'm yelling more, threatening more, and I hate it. I often lose my cool when everyone is shouting/crying/arguing at once. I do bedtime for all of them several times each week by myself due to DH's schedule and that's the worst.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far.