I don't know what to call this thread
I have a 16-months old and an 8-year old. We started homeschooling him several months ago. I worked part-time till mid June and has taken a little break from work up to now. DH would stayed with both of them during my work days.
I guess the 16-month-old, she got so attached to me over the summer that now we have a problem. It might seem nothing to some, but she doesn't let me take even a step. She either follows me around and nags or asks to be picked up. If I sit down to do school work with my oldest, she comes and asks to be picked up, but then fidgets and snatches things. If we sit on the floor to do work, she comes, saddles me and looks for my boobs. I can't teach him because she tramples over us when not nursing, grabs school things, etc. etc. I can't do anything until she naps, and when she does, I try to teach, do stuff, etc. etc. I have recently run out of batteries taken that she still wakes up several times night.
I tried carrying her on my back when doing chores, she doesn't like it and scrapes my two moles I have on the back of my arm and neck and then starts pinching me.
I tried a play yard that I set up downstairs, so if I am in real need to do smth, and she doesn't let me, I take her upstairs and leave her in that playpen. SHe screams a bloody murder there for some 10-15 minutes I am doing my stuff.
I am about to start sobbing. And the worse part is that I do not want to end up having negative feeling towards her. But it's literally all day long - nagging ang nagging and not leaving me along.
If we go to the park, she is not interested, so nags and asks to be picked up.
We tried library and the mall playground - same thing. She gets there, and the only thing she cares for is me and my purse.
I almost think I might need to start taking her to an acquaintance we have that is a house-maker and takes care of another little girl, a year older, for two days a week. Maybe that will teach her to play with toys by herself and give me a chance to get my sanity back. I guess we would have to squeeze that into our budget. Because here, in the house, she doesn't care for toys. She loves taking stuff out of our bottom kitchen cabinets - granted that distracts her a bit when I cook, do dishes, etc. That's the reason I am not sure if I want to babyproof them.
I just don't know how to be able to do anything anymore. I am so grateful for everything I have and I am so grateful for her and love her so much, but I just think things got out of proportion, and I feel like I don't have any patience anymore.
I appreciate any positive thoughts and virtual hugs, but I would also appreciate any advice on what I could do at this point. Thank you!