DS has been acting out every day, and usually its over simple things like getting ready in the morning (tooth brushing, face washing). A conversation goes something like this:
The morning is smooth & happy. As early as 530a he gets up, and wants me to engage in active play with him or he starts seeking attention for something etc. When I start getting him ready, "DS could you come brush your teeth & wash your face please?" He will sulk away pretending he doesn't hear me, or gives me a rasberry in response.
I am exhausted, I know its because of the new changes - one, his sister coming home and him being a "big brother" now is major. I have tried to give him at least 30min a day of my individual attention - in play, etc. But even with that, he still is seeking attention (positive and negative).
Sometimes I wonder if daddy spent more time with him too, he wouldn't act out as much. Daddy enjoys TV/gaming time with DS, they both enjoy it, but what gets out DS's energy is time at the playground, or heavy work on a bike, etc. Daddy doesn't do those activities with him, and if he does...its rare. I keep telling DH, but he seems to have checked out of parenting/household duties. For example, if I don't dress DS for the day, DS will be in his PJs all through the day.
While DH has been sick this week (with a fever), I've noticed this change in DH since we came home from the hospital. I have brought this up to him out of concern and well...exhaustion, and while he is receptive for the most part, no changes have been made. Its like he's here, but he isn't. He seems to be on auto-pilot.