I finally discovered why my son is whining so much!!!
WOW..it's amazing how I had forgotten what it was like to have my 2yr old be a happy, smiley & carefree toddler. For the last few months he's been whining, lethargic, and just hard to be around and we've been trying to debug the situation because we know from the other 3 kids that anytime things change, it's usually either a change in the environment (like a new babysitter, daddy gone longer hours, schedules changed, etc) or it's nutritional (lack of vitamins, food,sleep, etc) so we have tried a number of different things and my 1yr old was tested at the doctor and was low in iron, so we tried to give it to my 2yr old also and he didn't like it..pure iron is not tasty at all...it smells like metal, and tastes like you licked a pole! HA!
So, I finally found Floradix in the fridge today and gave him a tsp. of it in his juice 2x's today...he's a different kid. Well, actually, he's his usual happy self and not totally done with the whining, but it's alot less and believe me, when you have 6 people in a house and you have a baby that cries off and on for different things and then you have the older kids running around just being typical bubbly kids and then you have this whining kid...it's like nails running down a chalkboard...it gets under your skin and your tolerance gets lower and lower with every day.
We are very calm parents. Sometimes people think we're too laid back, but after you have a few kids and you realize that they are very resilient and the more freedom you give them, the happier and more productive they are...goes against everything my parents did with me and what most people would think, but my kids are amazing. I don't run them all the time and make them do what I think they should be doing...they run around outside with their friends (we live on a small street with about 8 kids that are all around the same age on our street) so they go play all day into the evening at the neighbors, riding bikes up and down the street, etc...it's wonderful. We go and check on them occasionally, but they are so good about telling us where they are going to be and we know all the neighbors, etc...we just let them be. Other kids come over and they are not used to that freedom and they want us to go sit outside and watch them and be there every minute and it's just not our style.
So, it was wearing on us to have a "high maintenance" kid is why I said all that...we let them be, give them freedoms to play, get food when they want, etc...and our kids even tell us when they are tired and need to go to bed.