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Hi there. I'm almost 7 months pregnant and have a 2 1/2 year old ds and also look after an almost 3 year girl. I am finding that I just don't have the patience that I usually do. I'm really over-reacting to my son's 2 year old testing behaviour. The poor dog is the one who is really getting it though. I can feel this fury rising up in me when he doesn't come when I call him or whatever. I don't mean that I'm doing anything terrible, I'm just a little snappy and irrational but I hate having these feelings. The kids are just acting appropriately for their age. It's just me that's having a hard time dealing with it. Today we went for a walk in the park and it took forever to get out of the door and they kept trying to put the dog's leash on before we were ready so of course the dog was going crazy and when we finally got out they argued over how the recycling should be arranged on the sidewalk and then DS wanted a carry (which I couldn't give him) and then he cried because he wanted to carry the bag but not certain things that were in the bag which he wanted me to carry, etc, etc. I honestly felt like just going straight home again. And I've still got 2 months to go! I can't imagine life will l get easier with a newborn either. Can anyone relate?
 

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Totally.<br><br>
I teach teenagers, and they're getting on my last nerve.
 

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Just take a deep breath & remember my mantra:<br><br><i>"It is not OK to strangle my 2 year old....It is NOT okay to strangle my 2 year old"</i><br><br>
I too HATE our dog right now. Almost to the point I wish we had never gotten him. We found out we were pgs again about 3 mos after we got him. And he's taken to eating my underwear, which has caused him to be punished severely on more than one occaission.<br><br>
Oh, well, hopefully it will all be better soon!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I know lots of mamas in your shoes, and I have taught many pre-school classes with 2 year olds by myself, as well as taken care of many two year olds with younger and older siblings. The best way I handled situations like these was to give the LO two choices, like you either can hold the bag with these things in it, or put it back in the stroller; and you follow through with what you say. Although their behavior is totally normal, it is also gentle and normal, IMO, to demonstrate that they can't get their way 100% of the time. If they are loved and snuggled and cared for in the moments between these power struggles, that continues to foster communication, trust, and bonding. I think many moms who aren't pregnant lose their patience during this stage of development anyway!! You're not alone at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It is absolutely normal, and the hormonal wave will come and go until delivery, and then you get on a whole new rollercoaster. Things that helped me: getting as much asleep as I can; eating constantly; taking mama-time outs when i was feeling the rage; and having friends to call when I really, really thought I may lose it on one of my sweet kids. So, basically, I treated myself the way I would a toddler. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yup, this is me. I have a four year old, a two year old, and three dogs. And boy, I am angry lately at the dogs. I am sure they talk about how crazy and hormonal I am among themselves at night.
 
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