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Old 06-19-2007, 11:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy Update! I am ready to rip my hair out!!!

First off, I love my dd with all of my heart but I am ready to rip my hair out! She is 17 months old and already throws horrible temper tantrums...like kicking, screaming, biting, and hitting. If she wants something and I don't give it to her she flips out. I know this is all normal but gosh. The newest thing is she can get out of the crib. Today I put her in the crib while I got dressed and she pulled herself up and onto the side. She was literally straddling the crib! She is only 17 months. She doesn't like to go to sleep to begin with, how will I ever use a big girl bed?!?!? We used to cosleep when I still breastfed but she tossed and turned the entire night and it was not safe for her. Once I put her in the crib (right next to me) she started sleeping better. She is also starting to climb on top of everything! SHe thinks she is a jungle woman.
I just need a little break...lol. I have such a headache and she screams high enough to break glass!
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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Sounds like you just described my DS when he was that age. Now he's 3 1/2 and starting to become a human being again. But seriously, this too shall pass.
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:52 AM   #3
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It is so hard to deal with sometimes. I called my husband to tell him how I felt and he started laughing cause I said I wanted to cry. I think he thought I was kidding
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It is a very hard stage!! But believe me this too shall pass. Your DD will get more verbal and things will settle!

I have a DD who was a complete disaster until she was 8. The temper tantrums, the screaming... Oh my! I could not take her anywhere in public!!

Now at 11, she is a joy to be with.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:42 PM   #5
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Re: I am ready to rip my hair out!!!

maybe u can get a crib tent. keep her in there at least.
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so guess what?!?!? Jacy just fell out of her crib! I put babylegs and socks on her so she would have no grip. I walked out the room and hear "plop" and she was on the floor. She cried for 2 seconds and was fine though. Do I just bring her in my bed or do the side-car arranegment? I am not ready for her to be in a real toddler bed. She would NEVER sleep!
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My dd has been acting the same way, and it just seems to be getting worse. She's 17 months too. Abby's hates to go to sleep to, but I'm no help with that. It's gotten to the point were I just let her stay up until she finally falls asleep, and then she sleeps half the day. If we have some where to go I wake her up, but if not I just let her set her own schedule. Its just easier than trying to get her to sleep for hours and even then she doesn't always go to sleep. Less stressful for me, and dd seems to get more sleep and be in a better mood.
Is your crib on the lowest setting? Our porta crib is also deeper than a normal one, so maybe she could sleep in one of those for a while.
With the climbing, once Abby has fallen off of something a couple of times, she generally screams for help down.
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My 19 month old is a jungle baby too! We had to put the kitchen chairs away and pull the furniture away from the window in the living room. Otherwise she climbs on the table and falls off the couch trying to look out the window.

Crazy monkey children!
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i know it might seem like she is ruling your mind with her horrid shreaks of death!! but its just that she knows that if she does it you will respond better. i had a mama at my house that put her son im the play pen, and he screamed, she let him scream but talked to him "I will spank you if you dont be quiet!!" but instead she went and took him out and let him run around again. she needed to compleatly ignore it. example. my son is only 9 months old, if i make him a bottle i set it on the floor for him to go get (never handed it to him). somtimes he screames as long as he can see me and refuses to go get the bottle until i turn away from him, then he stopes and crawles to it, no problem.
you need to ignore the behavior, not the child. if your dd is screaming when she dosent get more candy then do your VERY best to pretend like she isnt making a fuss at all, just go on talking or doing dishes or whatever. somtimes with my little sister i would let her do it for a while and then very causally in the middle of the fit i would just say somthing to her, anything really, like "dinner will be ready later" or what ever, and walk away. that way she knows you arent going to give in and she isnt getting a response that she wants.
as for teh climbing out of bed, have you lowered the matress all the way down, ours gets super low!! if you have then i suggest oiling up the rails with baby oil...it sounds drastic but it may work. you could also try a big girl bed. she might be ready.
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