Who Needs Sleep?
My husband and I have been walking around in a haze the past week or so. We’re having sleep issues at my house. My almost two year old has been skipping naps and/or waking up in the middle of the night or very early morning and we’ve had no luck getting him back to sleep. We’ve always felt very lucky that he taught himself to go to sleep at night and at nap time. When he was a baby, we never had to read sleep books or debate whether to let him “cry it out” or not.
Now, I’m beginning to wonder if that is all going to change. For the past week or so he’s either skipped his afternoon nap (his choice, not ours) and was a mess by 5:00 p.m., or has been up for several hours during the night. We’ve tried letting him cry and going in at intervals to calm him down, keeping him in his crib and rubbing his back, and taking him into bed with one or both of us. This has been the only thing that works…for him. When it’s my “turn” to get up with him during the night and we end up in the guest bed together, I spend the night making sure he’s not falling off or close to getting my pillow over his face. Needless to say, between these restless nights and having a newborn to tend to as well, I’m tired.