Is this a thing? I think it's a thing.
Lately, Peter has been super duper Jekyll and Hyde-y with baby Joe. One minute it's hugs and sloppy 20-month old kisses, the next minute it's WHAM full throttle, flat-palmed slap on the face. Pobrecito! Lo violento! Or a poke in the open newborn eye. Or a bite on the teensy newborn foot. Que triste!
And you'd think that I've got a fully loaded bag of tricks at this point, that I should just know how to parent a tiny toddler baby who beats upon a tiny newborn baby. Yeah, like, why do I not have a post titled Top 10 tricks to Get Your Old Baby to Stop Being Violent to Your New Baby or How to Punish Very Small Children? It's because I have no idea.
Q: How would you respond to a toddler slapping a newborn. A: yo lo se.
Lately, I've found myself just whipping any old consequence out of the book for Peter when he busts a move on bb Joe. A toss in the crib here, a robust "NO, NO GENTLE" there, a little hand smack here, some standard ignoring there. Zero consistency, zero progress, zero method. A recipe for success if you ask me!
But the thing is, I feel like I did know how to manage crisis' such a this once upon a time. I mean, I had to have, right? I've done this already! It's just that I don't know now. I have super mush brain and when I brought it up to a friend she confirmed that super mush brain is actually a thing postpartum, and that it can take up to 7 years to recover full brain capacity after having a child and that made me just Zzzzzzzzz time for many naps.
I know I need to basically just pick my poison and be consistent but he's such a baby still himself. I think disciplining someone Peter's age is super silly and pointless (for the most part) but I want to try to get him to get it! Kick/bite/poke/slap baby = no. I'm thinking plopping him in his bed when he isn't gentle with the babe is the best course of action but the violence mostly happens when I'm nursing and 1/2 of my arms is tucked under baby and incapable of blocking Petey boy and his flailing appendages. So do I get alllll the way up to throw him in his crib? Do I just keep tossing out my random consequences even though they are flippant and potentially unhealthy? Should I buy and read multiple books like this? Do you think Peter is just jealous cuz Joe has more hair than him? Should I send him to boarding school? SOS.
But, really, they are the cutest.