Briella turned 10 months last week, and up until that point she behaved like an angel – she NEVER cried, she slept through the night (5:30pm until 7:30am the next morning), she was very easy going, etc. Really, I am not kidding – I thought I had the best-behaved little girl.
Everyone always tells me, “I hope you don’t think this is normal…you will never have another baby like Briella…you got so lucky, etc.”
Well, let me just tell you. The day Briella turned 10 months, I think a light switch must have went on in her head reminding her that she is a baby and it is acceptable to act out and, on top of acting out, it might be a good idea to make up for the last 10 months of good behavior.
She has been SUCH A HANDFUL. I feel like I am just now going through the newborn stage where my baby doesn’t sleep, she cries all the night, super clingy, AH. AH. AHHHH!!
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I love my child and would rather spend every second of the day with her screaming than be anywhere else. But, geez, I was under the impression this whole parenting thing got easier, not the other way around.
Briella’s newest favorite things to do:
- Scream whenever I leave the room
- Throw tantrums (I am not talking about little hissy fits where she whines a little, I am talking full-on, screaming bloody murder tantrums. She kicks and flails her arms around and yells at the top of her lungs. Seriously, her face turns purple when she does this!)
- If I don’t pay attention to her, she gets so worked up she throws up – not just a little, I am talking like projectile vomiting all over.
- Nap… lol, just kidding. What is a nap these days?!
- Boycott her crib
Okay, so my question to all of you ladies is: HOW DO YOU GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SANITY?!
I have been blessed with such a great baby, I feel bad admitting that I don’t know how some parents get through colicky stages, or weeks of no sleep, and don’t even get me started on separation anxiety.
I don’t want to give in to Briella’s tantrums, but how else do you calm a screaming baby without giving in?
I know this is a perfectly normal developmental stage, but GOOD LORD. HELP!!
PS- Briella is screaming right now.
PPS – Thank God for wine!!