NUTS,I'm telling ya!
For the past four weeks or so, my almost-two-year-old son has been crying. Not just fussing... CRYING. And it seems to never end. I don't understand at all what's going on with him. Therefore, I have no clue how to help him.
There's no fever. There are no symptoms of any illness. He sleeps a sound twelve hours each night. He begins the morning happy, which causes me to have false hope, thinking, "Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy! Today's the day he's not going to cry!" Only to have my hopes shattered about an hour or so into the day.
My daughter never went through a stage such as this one. She did have her own share of strong separation anxiety, but easily transitioned out of it around 19-20 months. My little sad boy will be two years old in December.
He wants his mama. He wants his mama to carry him constantly. If he doesn't get every little thing he wants, he wails. We've tried ignoring him. We've tried coddling him. We've tried a balance of both. Nothing is bringing this to an end.
Yes, I am a VERY hands-on mother. I reserve blogging and other personal activities for when the kids are asleep or outside playing with their father. There's no way my son isn't getting PLENTY of attention from me. Ironically, the crying honestly makes me NOT want to be around him at times. Instead of responding tenderly and sensitively, the sound of his crying is becoming as pleasant as fingernails scraping down a chalkboard.
So, my question to all of you is... What the heck do I do?! I've read my share of parenting material by Sears, Dobson, etc. I understand that boys struggle more than females to detach from their mothers. Could this be an internal struggle that he's going through? Is he learning so much, so fast, that he can't handle it emotionally? Arghhhhhh! This psycho-analytical mother needs answers. Even incorrect answers would do at this point. Having the slightest explanation would probably help a tiny bit. At least I think so... *Sigh*
Did any of you have this experience with a growing toddler boy?
Losing it slowly-