I just had baby #2 last Thursday and I am really struggling with my 3 year old's adjustment to the baby. I was nervous anyway because DD is very attached to me - she's gone through a pretty intense separation anxiety phase over the past several months, still nurses, and sleeps with me most of the night and still often wakes during the night, sometimes for an hour or two.
She got sick when I was in labor - a rash all over her body that comes and goes and she threw up the first morning the baby was at home. We've taken her to the dr twice - they think it's viral that may be exacerbated by stress. Her sleep is totally off and I think her classic "stress response" is to stop sleeping - two night ago she was awake from 3 til 630am and last night from 1 to 7am! The baby is sleeping great but I am completely exhausted from not sleeping cuz of DD. She is her "normal self" for most of the day but has some pretty intense tantrums, which are not helped by the lack of sleep.
I think my postpartum hormones are kicking in today and I've been crying on and off all day - I hate that this is so hard for her. I realize this is all a normal reaction but it's so hard to see her struggling like this.
Anyone else having a hard time with older siblings? Any advice from anyone who has been there?