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Well, I think I'm getting close to the birth because I am so irritated!!.<br><br>
I think my kids are feeding off of how I feel because they are terrorizing eachother. Slapping, screaching and being mean to eachother, then they gang up and run around gigling and bouncing off the furniture until someone is crying....<br><br>
I'm starting to think I should tie them up or something<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"><br><br><br>
So send me some patience and humor, any of you who have some left! We're all driving eachother crazy.
 

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Yeah, I hear ya! I'm about ready to lose my mind! LOL!
 

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My mw just told me that my DD will probably act funny right before I go into labor. I'm hoping that means she becomes really quiet and docile, because she's normally very high spirited! It seems like she's been even extra hyper lately, like your kids. I agree it's hard to handle sometimes when we're hormonal and generally uncomfortable. Right now I'm patiently trying to convince DD to take a nap since she only slept a grand total of 8 whole hours last night. My body needs so much more sleep than that right now!<br><br>
So, here's to our kids becoming quiet little angels right before we go into labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> (or before) so we don't go totally insane!
 

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My DD has been super clingy lately. Which I don't mind, it's kind of cute. But I really think kids do have a sense of the impending birth! even toddlers!
 

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They're good again for the moment! We <i>are</i> going moment by moment around here...<br><br>
I just feel bad because usually I'd either (relatively) calmly diffuse the situation or just join them and enjoy the chaos. I just feel like laying around and yelling right now.<br><br>
They've been undoing all the cleaning I'm trying to keep up with, too (along with their father<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Poor kids, it's not their fault my standards are so high right now, but I have no energy to change anything.<br><br>
Oh well, I suppose they'll live. I do keep apologizing after I snap. It's a valuable lesson in making up, right?<br><br>
I think I'll encourage DH to have a wrestling match with them tonight to release some of the tension around here. Then maybe I can get some cleaning done in the kitchen...
 

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My patience is thin as well. I told DH the other day I don't know what's up with them. I thought maybe they were bored since I've been so busy <i>trying</i> to get the house clean and ready. They're bouncing off the walls and I'm yelling over every little thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
My 2 yo, mama's baby, has been super clingy as well...more than usual. I feel like a koala bear most days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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What a timely post! Kids acting up? Oh, yeah! I think it's a combination of them feeding off my impatience and my not being able to temper my reactions these days.<br><br>
Today milking goats, my 12 year old (who has turned into a puberty sloth) disappeared while I was milking. I found him laying on the golf cart sighing like he wad sooooo exhausted. This is after he did one task and I ran rings around him. I snapped at him, "Why is it that you are out here doing NOTHING while the woman who is a week from giving birth is inside doing EVERYTHING?!!! What is UP with that?!!!" By the time we were done an hour later I was so hot, cranky and exhausted I could have cried.<br><br>
I so did not feel like the next item on the agenda--taking five kids into town for errands, including Wal Mart. Ugh. and Double Ugh. Not a smart idea.<br><br>
I really tried not to yell at anyone and keep calm. I managed to, but I was so irritated at everything inside. How many times can I say "No" to "Can we have that? Can we get that? I want that!"<br><br>
And......here's the clincher. While I was running inside the post office I left the kids in the car.......my 12 and 9 year olds ATE ALL MY FRENCH FRIES!!!!!<br><br>
Arrrrrrrrrrgh!<br><br>
I so don't know how to help what is going on b/c I am so tired and crabby. I guess we just have to do our best and fake a half decent mood?<br><br>
Wow. That was a rant. I feel better. Now to go sit down and do some gratitude thinking. Ooops, after milking the goats again.<br><br>
Anyone have any calming, positive affirmations they'd like to share? I don't want to be a crab the next week and a half. I want to enjoy the end, but I'm so dang sore and tired! LOL!
 

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Yeah! After your post! They are: "At least I don't have to milk goats" and "My children aren't pre-teens"<br><br>
Hee hee sorry, that's not very helpful.<br><br>
I <i>do</i> keep telling myself that I'm becoming more like my animal self for labor (and that's what the snarling is all about). That's kind of an affirmation.<br><br>
I do this alot, I put a "spin" on all my gripes to pretend they are good. For instance: those searing sciatic pains are from the baby getting into the best position.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I find myself very blessed.<br><br><br>
Especially since I have a good lock on my bedroom door and a 43 inch TV with a really good, really LOUD surround sound, and tons of DVD's all within my finger tips in my bedroom! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
So I can lock myself in and shut out the world, and de-stress!
 

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Anyone have any calming, positive affirmations they'd like to share?<br><br><br>
Yeah! After your post! They are: "At least I don't have to milk goats" and "My children aren't pre-teens">>>>><br><br>
You are too funny. I actually feel better tonight. My almost two year old actually nursed to sleep in 20 minutes instead of fighting it for an hour and a half and I have some quiet, night time to myself. The two older boys are quietly playing Mastermind (since they were allowed no computer or gaming due to overall behavior and bad attitudes today--not to mention the french fry incident). ; )<br><br>
My mantra will be from now on: "Calm down. You are blessed with these children and another will be here so soon.....don't wish the next 10 days (or so) away. You can't get it back and it might just be the last time"<br><br>
Also, I am very lucky. I live in Lincoln County, MO--just outside of Winfield. At least I have a high and dry house. I have friends who are completely flooded out. And if the only remaining levee in the county fails as it probably will in the next few days many more will lose their homes. The worst thing I will have is a longer drive to the hospital when they have to shut the highway.<br><br><br>
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I had been feeling the same way!! I felt like I was snapping at DD a lot and it made her different, too! She started hitting and biting and it made me feel awful. She actually bit me in a store one day and it made me start crying, then she was crying, etc. Anyway watching was probably worried about us!!<br><br>
But I realized it was up to me and I just chilled out. Really at this point I'm not trying to get a single thing done. I'll just lay on the couch all day and read books with her, I don't care. Things are a mess, but this babe won't care either! I do think that she gets bored sometimes, as we're not doing tons of things like before.<br><br>
I have to add that I too am glad I don't have a pre-teen (yet!!)
 

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Yeah, everyone is glad they don't have pre-teens...<br><br>
But wait...I DO! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I seem to recall having two young boys, two pre-teens, and two teenagers!<br><br><br><br><br>
Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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But I realized it was up to me and I just chilled out. Really at this point I'm not trying to get a single thing done. I'll just lay on the couch all day and read books with her, I don't care. Things are a mess, but this babe won't care either! >>><br><br>
Good for you. This time is so special. It's really been bothering me how I'm letting my physical self take over my mental self. The kids were setting up the slip and slide today and it was so hot, they were fighting about who should do what, etc. I just wanted to go inside and shut it all out. It hit me that I was missing it. Missing life. I went over to the swing in the shade, shut my eyes and just let it all go. I think at this point it will take real effort to handle this in a positive way and not get sucked in by exhaustion, pain, etc. I mean mental effort. A mental shift.<br><br>
Tomorrow (today, I guess, it is 3 something a.m.) I plan on having a heart to heart with my oldest. We've really been clashing lately and he's old enough to understand. And on the youngest side, I've noticed behaviors, too. My almost two year old and even my four year old are particularly clingy. When they are climbing all over me, playing with my hair, etc. I want, sometimes, to just get them off of me so I can go lay down ALONE. But.....they need me more than ever right now. In another week and a half they'll have to share me not with a pregnancy, but a real baby. So......time for a mental shift.<br><br>
Thanks for starting this thread. I really need it! I know I can make a difference in these last days.........realizing what is happening is half the battle. Thanks.<br><br>
Dee
 

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Oh man, thank <i>you</i>! What an inspiring post. I need to do that too, enjoy the moments as they happen and chill out.
 
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