OK - so, for the past week-week and a half my kids quit bedtime. Yup. Quit.
Connor USED to go to bed (in his crib) around 8:30 after I read him a few books and then sleeping or not, into his crib he'd go- and he'd just drift off to dreamland.
Paige, was a bit harder, but, she'd drink her last bottle and usually fall asleep while doing so-- then I'd quietly carry her upstairs and put her into her crib--which is in the same room as Connor.
If either of them ever cried out, I'd go running - only because I wanted the other to remain sleeping - I'm all for a little CIO (cry it out), or fussing for a minute - but - not to wake up their sibling.
Lately, Connor got into a habit of falling asleep in my bed or in the living room and getting carried into his room for bedtime. (bad bad bad, I know) When he goes into his crib asleep he'll stay that way but, if I try to put him back to bed awake, major freak out. We're talking, a MAJOR re-visit to sleep training -- seems like its gonna be worse than the first time we did this.
Paige - I don't know what's happening with her. Lately, she won't sleep in her crib. If she's fast asleep when I get to her room, the MOMENT I put her in the crib she's screaming, standing up and jumping up and down in her crib. So, we take her out and start the process over... falls asleep, enter room, approach crib- SCREAMING.
In addition, she has a hard time staying asleep lately -and she used to STTN (Sleep Through The Night).
I'm not sure what happened, especially with her...she's so far off track that I don't know where or how to start. I've tried a little CIO - but she ends up screaming harder because suddenly there is a dirty diaper in the mix, or, she's thrown up. Not good.
Heck, last night, I pulled a Super Nanny move -put her in the crib then sat on the floor near the crib - NO EYE CONTACT! But, she could see me. Yeah...that did NOT work.
I'm tired. I'm frustrated. I'm seriously at my wits end.
Last night I was hysterical crying trying to put them to sleep - and then I was ANGRY that it was almost 10pm and they weren't sound asleep yet.... I feel like I have failed. I feel like I should be able to fix this - they're my kids, right? I feel like I'm the one who let this sleep train de-rail so why can't I get it back on track.
Angry - it seems harsh, but night after night of not sleeping will do that to you. Especially when they'll sleep in YOUR bed, or the living room floor - but not their own room.
What makes this more difficult for me to figure out is that they share a room. So, who do I start with first? Anyway to help me get back on track? I'm really asking for help.
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