Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Let's call it teething (part 2)

Well, the bowl of M&M's is long gone; I've moved to mint chocolate chip frozen yogurt. Still, no relief from whatever is bothering Acacia. Any ideas? Diagnosis? Tips?

She's fussy and clingy during the day, as though she's tired. But she won't nap for more than one hour during the day... no matter how long I let her cry. Yesterday she did take a second nap (one hour) and I thought we were back to "normal". Then last night I couldn't get her to sleep... she watched the State of the Union address with me. No ice cream for either of us... chamomile tea instead. So, she stayed up until 10:30 pm and woke up at 7:30 am (actually at midnight, 5:30, and finally 7:30). She took a one hour nap from 11-12 today. What is a mom to do?!?!

Oddly enough, my bedside devotional book had this verse for last night...

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11

Although I don't doubt she is actually getting in a few teeth, and may have a tummy ache or something... I think we may be dealing with a discipline/obedience issue more than anything.

Oh, God... please give me wisdom to do the right thing and courage to trust you.


Amanda said...

Hang in there dear Shannon, you are doing the right thing! You are forver patient and full of love - that is all she needs. xoxo

Mom said...

It seems that just before change, we whine, cry, fuss, and generally don't enjoy life much. Maybe she is getting sick... or starting to walk and is frustrated... Whatever it is, your a great mom and will come out on the other side with more wisdom.

love you, mom

Chelsea Hudson said...

oh girl - i feel you! so hard to know when to train, when to comfort, when to cuddle, and when to pat and walk away. its no cake walk. I think they just go through these phases when they are developing internally as well as externally and there is no way for them to process it or tell you about it so the "stress" just manifests in other ways. I have chalked up some of adelaide's "issues" to that cause you just can't figure out what the heck is going on!

We are going through the "aaahhhh, discipline" stage right now with our little two year old. I know her recent increase in "acting up" and testing us is somewhat normal development and progression, but I also think it has ALOT to do with all the change in her little life as of late... moving across the ocean, living in new places over and over again, being without daddy for 5 weeks, living out of bags,hotels and so on....). Again, she has no way to process such things like we do... so it comes out in other ways. So what do I do with that? She is still being DISOBEDIENT and throwing fits.... so I know there needs to be consequenses and training and discipline, but I feel there also needs to be some extra luvin' and empathy too.... if we err on the comfort/sympathy side, man-o-man, we are going to have a little terror on our hands in no time flat (they figure us out faster than we can even imagine). But I also don't want to be a hardnosed mom who doesn't tune into the emotional side of even a 2 year old.....

So there... here we are in the same boat... God give us wisdom is right!!!!!!!!! :)


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