Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
I also found 18 mos - about 2 1/2 yrs another tough period because babe's verbal skills do not match his comprehension skills.
also, if you're nursing you should try to see if there is some food reaction that may be aggravating the babe. if you've started solids, also watch (my 7 mo old really is not much into solids yet. I've tried a few plain cheerios a few times to keep him busy, but have just noticed a kind of 'hyper' reaction if he actually eats them.) dairy was/is a big aggression trigger for my 5 yr old (big problem if babe is on formula)
hth a little & keep us posted!
Ezra just turned 8 months a few days ago, and he has begun moving everywhere. Just today, I realized how much calmer he has become, even when we are holding him. He still screeches very loudly at times (out of happiness or sometimes annoyance), but he doesn't seem nearly as "grabby" or hyper. So, perhaps you can find some comfort in the "phase" idea. We've moved on to the "restless sleep" phase, so I'm trying to have hope myself. If you can't connect your DD's behavior to any food (a definite consideration), perhaps all of her pent-up energy will be released once she can get her little limbs moving around!
What has worked for me: putting her hand in my mouth (weird, I know, I got the idea from a mom here), giving her a toy (like a small stuffed animal) to hold. It's crazy though how intent she is on grabbing me sometimes. i wonder if it's something they're hard wired to do? 'cause it seems like so many of them do it!
(other times she pulls my armpit hair, like when I nurse her lying down )
As far as the screaming, my dd is also a screamer. although less so now. Here's a suggestion i read, and which seems to help a little: rather than hushing her, I justr espond in a very very quiet voice, like saying "that's very loud" in an almost whisper.
ggod luck to you!
One thing I never let her do is play with my other nipple while she's nursing. I've read lots of posts from moms whose babes are driving them crazy doing this, so I either wear a bra while nursing or cover my other breast with my hand.
I'm glad to hear from other mom's that this may just be a phase. Hopefully your dd will pass through this phase quickly.
Other times if she is hurting me she just gets put down. You simply cannot hurt me and still nurse. I try holing her hands and tucking her legs under my arms but if she just insistes that she must squeeze twist, bite and kick then I end the feeding. She is usualy more than willing to sit still and eat when she gets hungry enough. I don't do it in a vengful way. More of a "hey that hurts. when you are ready to eat let me know" sometimes it is down up down up and then on the third or fouth try she will settle down a nurse.
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