My son was one of these perfect babies that started sleeping through the night at 3 months old. We would lay him down at 8 pm and we wouldn't hear a peep until 7am. We were those parents that others hated. We knew we were lucky. We also knew that our days were numbered.
It has been two glorious years of uninterrupted sleep and now, out of nowhere, this kid is refusing to sleep. I blame it all on the dreaded DST (daylight savings time) which threw our schedule right out the window. Now, every morning at 5:30 he is up and ready to start his day and I am not dealing well!
Last week I snapped and completely lost my mind. I blame it on being 8 months pregnant and exhausted.
Five a.m. rolled around and Nathan ran into our room demanding milk. I woke up, gave him milk and took him back to his room. This is where things went wrong - terribly wrong.
He wanted nothing to do with his bed and started screaming at the top of his lungs. I tried to calmly explain to him that it was still bed time and that he needed to go back to sleep. He was not having it. He wanted the lights turned on and he wanted to play. I went back to bed, hoping he would get the idea.
The only idea he got - follow mommy into her room and scream into her face until she wakes up and plays with me. I put the covers over my head and tried my best to ignore it all.
He cried for at least a half hour, and then sweet silence. I thought I had won and he had gone back to bed and so I went back to sleep. I woke up so proud of myself, patting myself on the back for my parenting success when I see a glow from the living room and some "talking" going on.
In fact, my son had never gone back to bed but had proceeded to walk into the living room and turn on the TV. He couldn't turn on the cable box, but he was reading and playing by the light of the illuminated screen. I truly felt like the worse mother in the world.
I walked over to him, his eyes still red and puffy from all of the crying, and gave him a big hug and kiss. He then demanded milk and a banana. Men!
So now, still completely sleep deprived I am at a loss about what to do. Where did my sleeping child go, and how do I get him back?
Do you have problems with your toddlers sleeping through the night?