I have so many pregnancy and newborn care facts in my head that I cant seem to get a handle on all the toddler facts. And I am beginning the feel like its spiraling out of control!!!
I read every pregnancy and newborn care book at Barnes and Noble when I was pregnant. Every week, I would proudly tell the Hubby what was going to happen next and how to deal with it. When friends get pregnant, I pass around my library of books and I love to talk about all those little know facts about pregnancy (hello?? no one told me about the leg cramps in the middle of the night or the clumsiness!). Newborn care was that way too---whereever I was, so was my Dr. Sears book or the "Baby Bible"---What To Expect..... I have them all---...When Expecting, ...In the First Year....In the Toddler Years. The first two books have broken spines, highlighter marks, and have been left outside a number of times in rain storms after being carried through the house with me. The Toddler Years.....yea, I read the first 2 or 3 chapters. The spine looks new and I am not sure that my highlighter has been introduced to that book yet. Which brings me to the current issue at home........Hiting.
Grace has become the "Hiter" at day care!!! It started recently at day care but she has been hiting at home whenever she is frustarated or not the center of attention. Seriously....day care said she is hiting everyone---her friends, toys, the swingset, the day careista, and even the babies. Not hard but still....she shouldnt be hiting. She wont "use her words" and she just gets madder if you tell her to do so! In the mornings, she hits Day Care-ista because she doenst want Mommy to leave. But in the afternoon, Grace hits me when i pick her up because she wants to stay at day care.
Could this be happening because Daddy is gone? Routines changed during his trip and she misses him a ton. Or is it her age? or is my baby girl turning into a the "spoiled only child" at day care who hits when she doesnt get her way?!!!?
Everyone keeps telling me "Oh, she's 2. It happens" or "Welcome to the Terrible Twos!". Well, that is all fine and dandy but its so overwhleming frustarating for me. I cant even describe how it makes me feel other than crazy/mad/pissed/like a failure/totally and completely unable to handle a child over the age of 1. Amalah desribed it perfectly actually so go see her and that about sums up with this feels like for me!
I am not prepared for this. I am terrified. Every other issue (thrush, jaundice, ear infections, diaper rash, walking, etc), I could handle all of it. I had read the books and knew what to do next. But now that she is a toddler and needs discipline, I am lost.
I dont think spanking is the right choice for this one (why spank a child dor hiting? isnt it the same thing?) but the "Naughty Step" isnt working anymore. Day care doesnt do timeouts and I feel that we need to be disciplining in similiar (if not the same) style for consistency. I am a champ at baby care but not sure how this toddler thing is working out right now. I am totally overwhelmed with the discipline issue.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Or just let me know I am not alone in this crazy toddler place....it does get easier, doesnt it? I hope. Please tell me it does....I am begging you!!!