I’m not sure what’s going on with Allie but she hasn’t been going to bed very easily. Once she gets to sleep sometimes she stays asleep for the whole night (ok, twice). That’s new for us and that was huge! For me anyway, uninterrupted night sleep is a distant memory.
Recently she’s not wanted to go to bed. Actually she goes to sleep but I can’t lay her down. I literally spent a couple of hours just trying to get her to sleep one night. I didn’t get to run, I ate dinner at 9pm. I picked it up, actually. Maybe she’s teething. Who knows. If I had a sharp piece of bone stabbing its way through my gums, I’d probably be pretty miserable too.
But It’s frustrating. I want her to sleep by herself and just kiss her goodnight and walk away but I can’t. As much as I try and let her cry a bit, it doesn’t work and I don’t want her screaming for hours so I hold her. Plus she’s pretty damn stubborn. When I let her cry it out she just gets even MORE pissed. And then I come in and get her and it takes her a good 10 minutes to calm down.
That and I know she won’t be a baby forever. That there will be a day like with Ava where I just long to hold her and squeeze her as I watch her sleep.
When Ava was ready (she was a co-sleeper and would still sleep in our bed if we let her) she went to the crib and didn’t have any problems. I know Allie will do the same.
I’ve mastered the art of laying her down in the last couple days and that’s helped. It’s a crutch, I know it. I get her to sleep. Squish my cheeks against hers and rock her for a while. Then I carefully lay her down. And it works. Definitely a lot quicker than those bad nights where it took her a couple hours.
Till then, I sure have been getting a lot of reading done. Thank you Kindle app and Austin Library e-lending program. Silver lining, right?