I need some advice and encouragement. My 2yo is being a terror lately. He is normally aggressive if he gets excited or frustrated and I felt like we were starting to make progress but since we got back from a recent trip, I feel like we have both hit a wall. He has been overly aggressive - hitting, punching, and kicking me a lot and not really seeming to care. Nap time has been a nightmare. He normally naps for about two hours and suddenly, I'm lucky if he will even close his eyes. It wouldn't bother me so much but I know he isn't getting enough sleep at night to make up for no naps.
I'm 35 weeks pregnant and I have so much to do to get ready for the baby, on top of reorganizing everything from our trip. Needless to say, I'm a little stressed and tired and I think my hormones are getting out of control. I have started to completely lose it when he starts hitting and kicking and I start yelling, which makes him yell back. Not good. I'm also concerned that I might put myself into premature labor because when I get worked up, I start having very strong braxton hicks.
I think part of the problem is that he has a huge excess of energy. While we were on vacation, he was running around outside all day. Now that we're home, he's been stuck inside. It's been about 106-108 here and I just can't handle the heat right now. I feel awful to make him stay indoors but I don't know what else to do. With all of the things I need to get done around the house, it's hard to go somewhere with an indoor playground because I feel guilty for not accomplishing anything.
Any tips on how to handle my emotions? I've had a couple of huge breakdowns because I feel like such a terrible mom. I don't want to be angry with him and I want to teach him to behave while still being respectful of him as a person. I definitely don't feel like I've done that this week. Also, I'm terrified of what life will be like when the baby comes. Not sure I can handle it. I had bad PPA the first time and I'm planning on trying placenta encapsulation this time, but what if it's not enough?