I have a feeling you're all going to tell me this is normal, but...I'm hoping you might have some ideas for handling the fallout. My almost 28 month old ds has begun requiring mommy to do everything, and refusing to have DH help, even with things he used to want only daddy for. Like, stories before bed. The other night he had such a meltdown when I left the room after potty, brush teeth, jammies, put in bed, etc. that, when given the choice of lights out, closing the door and going to bed, or having daddy read stories, he chose lights out! It is mommy does it, or major fits. He has started acting like daddy is the devil - when he is in a mood, daddy can't even bribe him to cooperate with a piece of candy or the like. (Part of me, a very small part at 9 pm, is happy to see this as I think it means my child is smart enough not to be manipulated, but still...=)
My DH is great with the boy, and mostly just takes these fits as they come, but you can only hear "nooooooo Daddy! Mommy potty! Mommy hugs!" (complete with crying, clinging and snot) before it starts to hurt your feelings, ya know?
I should say that I had a baby 2 1/2 months ago. I know that a lot of this mommy do it stuff must be regression, but he didn't seem to have any problems with things until 2 weeks ago. Is this normal for the age? Or, normal with sibling issues? I have to say, by bedtime I am starting to lose it as my very, very, very low maintenance daughter needs to have a little time with mommy too, and that is when she is alert and wanting some interaction. I feel pulled in two directions and would really love to have my hubby be able to help out as he wants to. I need it after a whole day of nursing and carrying my 2 year old around because he can't seem to walk anymore. =)
Please tell me this will pass. Any suggestions, comiserations would be welcome. =)