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Anyone noticing their toddler's behavior changing?

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I know DS can sense the changes, but he's normally pretty mild tempered... changes tasks fairly easily, and while he doesn't sleep great (never has!), last night and today have been worse than normal. He has been nursing non-stop (so we will see how well nipple stimulation works..haha!), and had a complete meltdown long before it was time to actually take a nap. He will usually just get cranky when he's sleepy, but today was a complete disaster... It was my fault because I shouldn't have got into a "battle of wills" with him, but my lovely hormones are making it harder to deal constructively with him :( I ended up having a meltdown with him... nursed him to sleep, then he was up after 5 minutes crying again! Luckily he slept in the wrap (haven't had to wrap for sleeping purposes in awhile!). Tonight he had another meltdown before bed (and it wasn't an over-tired one). At first I thought maybe he's still trying to catch up to normalcy after Christmas, and he was a little sick yesterday. But, now I'm wondering if maybe he knows more  than I do... maybe labor will happen sooner rather than later (although I'm not planning on it!). Or, it could just be he is reacting to me being more hormonal than normal... although that has been the last few weeks for me!

 

Anybody have any experience with sudden toddler behavior changes related to the birth of a new sibling? Or, are you noticing more restlessness these last few weeks?

post #2 of 12

We're in crank mode here, but I've chalked it up to holiday decompression... 

 

After ignoring me completely for about three days he's now a velcro baby again, so maybe it is something he's picking up.  

 

post #3 of 12

N has been a nightmare lately. Typical toddler times 100. And 3 days ago, after being happy with just nursing to sleep for weeks, he started demanding milk whenever he's awake in bed. Over & over & over. It could be he's sensing something is up.

post #4 of 12

My 4 year old has recently decided he doesn't want a little brother....and he tells me about ten times a day.

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I'm hoping it is partly just post-holiday decompression, too (although delayed)! Today, so far has been better... but it's still early, hah! I was pretty crampy last night, so thought something might be coming soon in the labor dept., but so far today, nothing... I'm just trying to read into things too much, I guess! Sometimes it's fun not knowing when this LO will come, and sometimes it drives me crazy :)

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My DD is pulling some out-of-character stuff, too.  I'm also chalking it up to post-holiday decompression.  At least, I'm hoping.  But wow, we've seen some unusual displays of emotion recently...

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My nearly two y/o is perfectly fine...it's my five y/o that isn't taking this well.  She's been having "stomachaches" and "headaches" for the past six months or so.  They were getting so common that I would hear about them daily.  She's now seeing the school counselor and I've heard that she's worried about "not enough love to go around" after the baby comes. :(

post #8 of 12

Yes, mine has definitely changed the past 2 months. He is suddenly regressing in potty training (been potty trained for a year) and is excessively more clingy and cuddley with me. The other night, I cuddled with him in his bed and he said "When baby Lukas comes out, he will cuddle behind your back and I will still cuddle with you right here by your face"

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Originally Posted by Celticqueen View Post
 I cuddled with him in his bed and he said "When baby Lukas comes out, he will cuddle behind your back and I will still cuddle with you right here by your face"

Ahh... that is so cute.  

Mine is too little to tell us anything about the baby, he kisses the belly and loves looking at pictures of babies playing or sleeping or nursing, but I don't think he really understands that there will be a baby in a week or so!  He weaned this summer, but he's been pawing at my breasts and laughing lately, so he definitely senses changes of some kind.

 

post #10 of 12

Yeah my DD has been out of sorts too. I have been cranky too, so she's probably picking it up from me. But I think it's after the holidays, gearing down to baby time and getting the (bad mommy) sugar out of her system. 

 

And she's nursing quite a bit too. 

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My 2.5 year old has definitely shown some changes.  It started around the time he weaned a couple months ago (several months after my milk dried up).  Now he much prefers my husband to do anything with him.  If I'm home alone with him he's pretty OK, but if his dad is home he wants nothing to do with me.  He's even told me to go to work so daddy can stay home.  I felt like I was useless to him since I no longer had milk for him.  It made me sad.  Bedtime has also been a disaster this past month - he repeatedly climbed out of his crib and would be up until 10 or 11 PM.  Yesterday we turned his crib into a "big boy bed" but we still have to stay in his room with him until he's asleep or he'll just keep coming downstairs.  Again, he usually ONLY wants his dad, but tonight we told him it was mommy's turn and he eventually accepted it after putting up a big fuss.  He loves to hug and kiss my belly and says he can't wait until baby brother comes, but I can tell there is a change.  I can only imagine what it will be like when the baby really comes!

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My 2.5 year old has definitely shown some changes.  It started around the time he weaned a couple months ago (several months after my milk dried up).  Now he much prefers my husband to do anything with him.  If I'm home alone with him he's pretty OK, but if his dad is home he wants nothing to do with me.  He's even told me to go to work so daddy can stay home.  I felt like I was useless to him since I no longer had milk for him.  It made me sad.  Bedtime has also been a disaster this past month - he repeatedly climbed out of his crib and would be up until 10 or 11 PM.  Yesterday we turned his crib into a "big boy bed" but we still have to stay in his room with him until he's asleep or he'll just keep coming downstairs.  Again, he usually ONLY wants his dad, but tonight we told him it was mommy's turn and he eventually accepted it after putting up a big fuss.  He loves to hug and kiss my belly and says he can't wait until baby brother comes, but I can tell there is a change.  I can only imagine what it will be like when the baby really comes!



I know!! I'm nervous about the transition, and praying for lots of nice weather the first few weeks so we can be distracted outside as much as possible! DS has increased his nursing, too. It's wearing me out, but I know it can increase when his brother gets here. Last night, DS threw a huge fit when we tried to give him his bath (even after ample warning that it was coming). DH called him spoiled :(

 

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