Saturday, June 04, 2011
When Leyton is cranky I mostly refer to him as "The Bear." I might murmur other things not quite as nice under my breath, but being a bear seems as nice as possible. So let me just say that for the past week AT LEAST we have been living with a bear. I'm not sure what is going on. There is a part of me that thinks it is teething because that DAMN TOOTH has NOT COME IN YET! At the same time, part of me thinks his stomach is bothering him. He's pooping much more than usual and let me just be honest...his poop smells like terrible barf. He's been on milk for over three weeks now so I don't think it's the milk and really the upset tummy could just be blamed on teething. Or, he's just going through a stage.
Here's the problem. The child goes from being a complete happy angel to a COMPLETE bear. This includes having major tantrums. If anything gets taken away from him, and right not TONS of things are getting taken away from him, he screams, cries, throws himself to the ground, gets on his knees and slaps the ground and more. He is hitting, he is biting and he is just all around looking for trouble. He whines, he cries, he yells and then two seconds later he is happy as a clam. It's a very fine line between happy and complete melt down.
I'll be honest, I have no idea what to do. At a year old, how do you discipline a child? How do you tell them no? How do you let them know they are hurting you when they bite? I've tried redirecting, I've tried ignoring, I've tried saying "No" and absolutely nothing is working right now.
This mommy needs help!