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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Hey sweetie, I was just thinking about you last night. I am so sorry that you are going through all of this crap. I know how stressed out I am and I'm in a less stresed out environment than you are. I know how it is too feel like you're burning the candle at 3 ends (that's what I always say :) ) I'm sorry that business is bad right now. I know how much it means to you. I also know that I look forward to work everyday just to escape the chaos of the house for a while. DH and I are still working opposite schedules so 5 days a week we see eachother for about 30 minutes. When we do get to be home at the same time each of us is either trying to keep up our designated child (man on man defense) or squeezing in naps to feel somewhat human. We are both working on about 5 hours of sleep a day/night. It is very hard. Can you afford to have that nanny come an extra 4-5 hours a week and you pump milk and take a long nap. Sleep is a MAJOR key to feeling human and keeping your spirits up!

As for your oldest. Here's what I do about books. I let DS pick one book. We read it. Then I act like it's very special and say he can have 1 more. (when he's been really good all day and I'm not too beat I'll let him have 3) Then I let him have a book in bed with him. I always ask and he always say yes, then he gets to pick which book goes into bed with him. It makes him very happy. I hear him in there for 3o-45 minutes looking at the book over and over. That way you're not in the room forever trying to get them to sleep.

My son is also very strong willed. ANd even though he throws quite a few fits daily (as most 2 year olds do) I don't let it get to me. I too am kinda like a loving drill sargent. And he's learning that "mama don't play!!" all the whining and crying games. I hand out timeouts like Christmas candy. I am too tired and too grown up for a 2 year old to try and run the show.

I am sorry about everyone being sick. That is truely the worst!!! I hate it when one of them is sick for a few days. I couldn't imagine it happening for months. That alone would drive me over the edge.

I wish that I had more answers for you, but I want you to know that I am sending all of my postive energy your way that things will calm down soon. Have you thought about weaning your little one? I know how time consuming it can be. I probably sound like an awful mother for saying that, but if you are at your wits end and tired of trying to chase a 2 year old around with a baby hanging off of you all day it may help things out.

Hang in there baby. You are a strong woman!! But don't be too strong to ask for help from everyone you know...seriously, time to starting taking more care of yourself and relieving some stress.

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