dealing with a two year old...

Carrie - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I just started my battle with PPD when my son was 18 months old and now he is two and i'm still struggling to find the right meds and treatment!! My problem is, my son is at the hold me hold me stage and sometimes I can't bring myself to do it. I love him with all of my heart, and I shouldn't feel the way I do but I can't help it. What should I do. I know I need to go back to the doctor but what do I do until I can get the meds straight. I want to want to hold him............

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Stacey - posted on 02/21/2009

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I understand how you feel. I just had a baby in dec adn i also have a 2yo. He is also in the hold me stage and trying to steal the attention away from his brother. Im to the point where i dont want to hold either one of them. They are both my world and it hurts that i feel this way. I try to explain this to my bf and he just doesnt get it. im glad someone else feels this way to.

Coleen - posted on 02/14/2009

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I completely understand. There are times when I just don't want my kids to touch me too. First thing...get the meds straight. Six months is not a long time to figure meds out. don't be discouraged, they will be straightened out. There are lots of options out there. Second, just do the best you can. Don't beat yourself up for needing your space. Can your spouse or someone else help out with your son from time to time? Take advantage of any help anyone offers. ASK for help if you need it. You may not believe it but you are worth it. Sometimes you do just have to grit your teeth and bare it, but you can also teach your son to give you your space now and then. Distraction is a good method. Keep some of his favourite toys and activities handy for when he starts to get on your nerves. Also, does he have a blankie or a teddy that he is fond of? Try to incorporate that into his clinging sessions and he may start to turn to it to comfort himself. Don't feel guilty about doing this...he needs to learn this skill anyway. Good luck.

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