2.5 year old and a sudden increase in sensitivity/clinginess - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 3 Old 06-06-2012, 06:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
BeachLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi ladies,

Just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience or any advice/insight!

 

My DD is 2.5 (3 in August) and she has just over the last day or so been acting much more sensitive. She loves to pretend to be Wendy or Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, but today she told me a couple of times that "Wendy/Tinkerbell is not happy". I gave her a hug and asked her why she is not happy - often she will tell you the reason when she is crying. But all I got was a few tears and hug. She's been wanting me to carry her all over the house today (which is just not an option for me - I'm just about 36 weeks pregnant and it's just not comfortable!!) But when I tell her that I can't carry her but we can hold hands or she can come sit down with me, she gets upset like she's going to cry. And the same reaction when we have to reprimand her - which we do not even do harshly.

 

Nothing has changed in our household lately, really. I'm thinking she might be anxious about the new baby coming, but I'm not sure if that is the only thing causing it.

 

I went to a yoga class for an hour and a half tonight and she got to spend the evening with Dad, which she always looks forward to. He said that she had a lot of fun with him, but wanted a lot of extra hugs compared to normal.

 

I hate seeing my little girl seeming so sad! I'm curious if any other families have gone through the same thing around the time of a new sibling's arrival, or if you all have any insight on other causes? Thanks a bunch!


Happy housewife dishes.gif and SAHM to a beautiful 3 year old DD luxlove.gif and a July 2012 DS! babyf.gifMarried to my best friend since 9/5/07 partners.gif

I love to  sewmachine.gif, photosmile2.gif, and reading.gif.  We cd.gif and goorganic.jpg whenever possible.

 

BeachLove is offline  
#2 of 3 Old 06-09-2012, 04:40 PM
 
lauren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: In a state of grace
Posts: 6,784
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)

I think your instincts might be right that this is related to the new baby. She knows you are 'carrying' the baby all the time and can't carry her. Understandable!  The more you say you can't, perhaps the more she wants to be held.

 

Maybe if you did some reading with her about the feelings big sibs have about new babies, and/or do a puppet show or something that is '3rd person', she might get some relief. In other words the idea is to talk about all these BIG feelings she has without kind of putting her on the spot. This might help her to know that you really understand how she is feeling. Then perhaps some snuggling sessions, side by side, instead of in arms (perhaps you'll get a nap out of the deal!!)

 

This sounds like a rough time with 4 weeks to go! Hang in there!
 


 
lauren is offline  
#3 of 3 Old 06-09-2012, 05:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
BeachLove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Thanks, Lauren!

 

That is a really great suggestion about trying to talk or play through the feelings she's likely going through. I will have to give that a try! I've been trying to give her lots of hugs and cuddles, which sometimes seems to help.

I just feel bad for her since she didn't choose for me to have another baby!! I'm sure it will all be fine in the end, but it's so hard knowing that this is so hard for her.


Happy housewife dishes.gif and SAHM to a beautiful 3 year old DD luxlove.gif and a July 2012 DS! babyf.gifMarried to my best friend since 9/5/07 partners.gif

I love to  sewmachine.gif, photosmile2.gif, and reading.gif.  We cd.gif and goorganic.jpg whenever possible.

 

BeachLove is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off