So we’ve entered a new phase – tantrumdom. O-M-G. The tantrums that I’m experiencing with my boys, *ahem* with one boy in particular is literally maddening. INSANE. I WANT TO LOCK MYSELF IN A ROOM AND CRY INSANE.
They don’t happen every two seconds but good Lord, when they do they are literally out of control. Micah will throw himself down on the floor and kick/scream. I’m talking a blood-curdling-ear-bleeding kind of scream. It’s awful and I’m not really sure what to do. I feel like he may be too young to be disciplined, but I’m thinking of instituting a time out. When he gets into this tantrum mode, he takes it out on his brother sometimes. He shoves him or tries to hit him in some way. My response is to tap him on the hand and say, “No Micah! Nice!” He immediately breaks out into even crazier hysterics and throws himself on the floor once more. I need him to know that this is NOT okay. He can’t get what he wants because he throws a tantrum. He just can’t.
He gets into these screaming fits and literally it can make you feel like you’re crazy. This past Saturday while my husband was showing houses, Micah had one of his meltdowns around naptime. He was exhausted but didn’t want to go to sleep. I put him in his crib and he screamed and screamed. I took him out for a bit thinking, maybe he’s not really tired? Nope, he was – laying down on the floor and rubbing his eyes like crazy. Put him back in his crib, he screamed hysterically for quite a bit, I took him out again. We repeated this behavior for a little bit. I know I shouldn’t have taken him out of the crib, but being that my father-in-law was upstairs trying to sleep (he was visiting with us from Puerto Rico) I was pretty much willing to do anything to get him to be quiet.
Finally, I put him back in his crib and CLIMBED IN THE CRIB WITH HIM! You read it right. I CLIMBED IN THE CRIB WITH HIM. A 28 year old woman. In a crib. With a baby. I put his head in my lap and rubbed his head, then realized that was a dumb idea on several levels, especially because when he would fall asleep and I tried to get out – he would wake up again. So I sat in the corner of his crib (STILL LITERALLY IN THE CRIB WITH HIM!) and he fell asleep staring at me. He has been a stage 10 clinger lately. It’s gotten really bad. The thing is – I’m not even home all day. I’m at work, so it’s not like he’s stuck to my side all day.
Welp, this brings me to last night. Last night at 2 am in the morning, homeboy decided to have a screaming fit. This is a rarity at night. Both of my boys typically sleep really well. Well, last night – nope. He started to scream and didn’t stop screaming for an h-o-u-r. By 3 am, I was desperate so I broke my cardinal rule and brought him into the bed. Josiah slept through the entire thing. I brought him into bed and the little lemur stuck to me like glue in bed. Even when I would turn away from him, he would absent mindedly put his little hands in my hair just to have contact. I peed twice holding him because he didn’t want to let me go. When I woke up in the morning, his square little face was grinning at me. My body was screaming – sleep. SLEEP!! Of course at this point, it was time to go to work.
My husband and I are at our wits end. Josiah is really easy-going and chill. Sometimes I feel like Micah gets more attention and for the wrong reason. How does one exactly stop this behavior at this age? Please tell me I’m not alone in this? Please talk to me about tantrums and make me feel better? Do you have any suggestions for us? I know that the Terrible Twos are coming but why is it making an appearance early?! I love my little cutie pies with all of my heart, but I need some wisdom from other mommies. HEEEELLLLPPPPPP. K. Thanks. <3