Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I am getting payback I think. Payback for having an awesome baby who was content and would sleep. Hell, even for the fact that while Austin knew the word no, he rarely used it. It's payback for sure.

His new favorite word is No! closely followed by nuh-uh, and nope. All the damn time. I'm trying to let him express himself and learn his boundaries, but that damn no is driving me insane.

No is one of the things that is starting to break me. I'm going to be honest here. It's sure not easy. With the constant no's, and dealing with stupid people and our garbage bins, then the added stress of being 2 parents while my husband is gone. Yeah, I'm starting to break.

As a bonus, I'm in the middle of lowering the dosage on my meds. Not sure that's helping much.

Don't get me wrong, I've been feeling pretty good actually. I've had some frustrations but I've been keeping myself busy and enjoying myself. However the last few days have just felt like a never ending boring loop of frustrations with my son.

Tonight I called my husband and bawled on the phone. I just needed to get it out, stop penting it up! I actually feel much better now, maybe a bit drained from being tired and crying. It is hard. Anyone who is in this situation who says it's not hard might just be on much stronger meds then I have. Some days I just need a little bit of help. Sadly, there isn't much here for help for me.

I am so looking forward to my upcoming trip back to Ontario. A few weeks with friends and family. Plus, to any family from there if you want to take Austin for a day or a weekend or right about now a week or 2, you are more then welcome to. haha!! It's been a long few weeks for us that's for sure.

So, like I said, I am breaking but I know what I need to do put the pieces back together for a way more awesome me.


  1. "Austin, the next time you say "No" you lose a toy for the day."

    Start with his favorites. Move them to a locked cupboard or the trunk of your car where he can not just go get them back.

    If that doesn't work, you tell him that he spends 5 minutes/10 minutes/15 minutes adding exponentially each time he says "No" in his room, or in a timeout corner with his nose to the wall.

    Crush the habit fast. Good luck love!

  2. Sorry to hear you are having a hard time. I get what it's like to do everything on your own for long stretches of time. It can be super hard and lonely at times. It's normal for No and much worse to come out of your son (Oh, just you wait!) It's him starting to assert his independence and learning that he is his own person. I try not to make a big deal out of it because it's normal developmentally, and often the more attention you bring to something like that at his age, the more "fun" it becomes for them. Any attention you pay to something is attention--and that's what kids want, ultimately. Hang in there...I find reading helps me understand and feel supported too. I'm really enjoying the Mr. Rogers Parenting Book right now.

  3. I completly understand what you are going through. We are at the No stage with my son and it can be so very hard. Keep your spirits up. Someone told me to keep telling yourself that this is just a stage and it will end.


Swidget 1.0

Wipe Your Paws

Wipe Your Paws