My dd is 9 months old and I've known from the start that she is high needs . I call her happy high needs since usually she's bubbly and happy and quite a joy to be around. When things don't go her way though she flips out! A few weeks ago I found her ripping wallpaper off the wall so I used the stroller to block that part of the hallway. She screamed and threw herself at the stroller and just generally threw a complete fit that I dared to block the hall. I tried to distract her but every time she'd look at that darn stroller she freaked out again. This went on for 1/2 an hour (what can I say, she's persistant). She freaks if I try to make her sit in the highchair (she can slip ou of the straps no matter how tight I make it) but also wants to be involved in the meal (holding her on my lap is out of the question since she grabs and everything and will cut/burn herself) Now she refuses to play on the floor, she only wants to be on the couch. She cries if I put her on the floor to play so I generally let her play on the couch but that means I have to stand right there so she doesn't fall off. This obviously makes it impossible to do anything else. Her nursing manners are also quite bad. If I'm topless she pops from one breast to the other and just won't quit, it's a game to her. I try to cover one breast and just keep her on one but then she refuses to nurse at all and will throw her fit. She also squirms and twists and kicks (she's practicing for the nursing olypmics) and it causes her latch to slip off and it hurts! I try taking her off and yet again, another fit. We also have temper tantrums at every diaper change and when I try to put clothes on her. I don't want to let her CIO and she's too little for reasoning. I'm still keeping mostly a good mood about all this, I know she's just being a baby, but it is starting to drive me batty. I also don't want to squelch her spirit since that's one of the things I love most about her. Sorry this is so long winded but any advice is greatly appreciated.
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8/28/06 at 7:08pm