I have a VERY high-needs toddler (she was a very high-needs baby as well!!). She goes through occasional brief periods of being easier, but is generally a really, really tough cookie.
She's 20-months, barely eats any solids, and still nurses 10-15 (or more) times a day. We co-sleep and she also nurses several times at night. What makes me the most crazy is that she's SO happy when I'm not around -- she laughs, plays, even eats a bit! But as soon as she sees me she starts crying, whining, and asking to nurse --- even if it's been 5 minutes since she last nursed and I only left to go to the bathroom. I hate that she's so happy and willing to play with other people and saves all her misery for me!!
She's also very jealous of any attention I give to her older brother -- as soon as he climbs into my lap she starts screaming, crying, and trying to push him off. She does the same thing when my DH comes near me.
I don't understand -- I've always been home with her, I've never left her for any length of time, we co-sleep, nurse on demand, the whole nine-yards. I'm starting to get really angry and resentful of her and I feel like she's totally in charge of my life right now. I'm also just hating nursing her -- and I feel awful for feeling this way!
edited to add: I've tried distraction, getting out, being a 'moving target', etc. nothing works -- all she ever wants to do when she sees me is nurse and all she does is scream/cry until i nurse her. Wait 5 minutes, lather, rinse, repeat!!
Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!