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Temporary crazy schedule, toddler flipping out

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I unavoidably had to work way more and crazier hours the last two weeks, including several 24 hour shifts, and to make it even better, our usual sitter is out of town. Her sub is great but a stranger to DS. It wasn't a great situation but I did the best I could. Now my usually even tempered 2 year old is bouncing off the walls and throwing lots of fits, and being aggressively insistent about nursing. I know he's justifiably thrown off because his routine got wrecked. Maybe I'm more venting than anything else, but does anyone have suggestions about how we can settle him back down? I'm a bit wiped out myself and my patience level is not where it needs to be.
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I'm so sorry you're having such a struggle with your little one and I wish I had seen your post earlier. I'm sorry it was missed and I hope things are better now.

 

It sounds like he just feels stressed by the sudden change of your extended absence and a new sitter. I suspect all he needs is some calm and loving undivided attention from you to show him all is well. I know that is not always possible so I hope you can work though it somehow and come up on the bright side of content little boy and mama. love.gif

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I realize his is two weeks old but I also hope your DS & you have recovered!

I've also been coming out of a really stressful, busy time at work (tho not 24-hour shifts!) & I definitely see the effects on my son. AND I also find I have the least amount of patience when I need it the most. You need to recover just as much as he does, so I hope you're able to forgive yourself if you are not the parent you want to be.

BTW, at 2, I noticed that even getting back to the work week after a weekend would stress out my DS, so this is all normal stuff. I hope you've been able to find so time to recoup together!
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Thank you, Cynthia and t2009! It took about a week of lots of quality time for DS to get back to being his usual self. It helped me recover, too!

This kind of wacky schedule sure does make it challenging to have a bedtime routine. We'll settle into it, then I'm gone for 24hrs. Bleh!
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