Is it just me, or does parenting get a lot harder while pregnant?
It feels like my relationship with ds1 is falling apart right now. I'm sure that part of it is the fact that I'm exhausted all the time. He has stopped responding to any form of discipline or punishment, and the messes he creates require a lot of clean-up on my part. By the time I've cleaned up one problem, he's created another! It feels like I can't get on top of my game long enough (or fast enough) to have any positive interactions with him. The best we do these days is story time before bed, which is frequently interrupted by anti-bedtime tantrums.
I know it's been worse the last couple days because dh is on a business trip. Today, he peed on the floor FOUR times (he is potty-trained), climbed his toy chest to get to stuff on a high shelf in the closet and dumped out ALL our board and card games and puzzles, and climbed up a chest of drawers in my room to get at dh's model airplanes while I was cleaning up the games. Oh, and he drew on the carpet with chalk, too.
Why, yes, this is the same child who, a couple weeks ago, killed my computer with pee and destroyed a window screen with scissors he got from the kitchen counter.
No climbing is something we're spending a lot of time on these days.
Ds1 is a handfull to start with. He's stubborn and energetic, and he has a long attention span, so I can't just rely on him losing interest in a behavior. He's also perfectly capable in deciding he doesn't care about some reward or punishment (learned that during potty-training). At the same time, he's smart, loving, eager to learn, and ready to share.
Please tell me I'm not the only one.