(Long Story) Help! Very tired, 2 year old waking every night.
Ever since my son was born, I've tended to his every need. I want to do whatever I can to make my son happy and stress free.
I've never had a problem putting my son to bed. Every night at 9pm is quiet time. I dim all the lights in living room and ask him to find his blankie. I'll put on a show.. Sesame Street or something else. We sit together in the rocking recliner and watch a show until he falls to sleep. He's almost always in bed and sleeping at 9:30pm. I've been lectured over and over again that I should not do this. That I should put him down half asleep and blah blah blah. I do this with my son because it's always worked for him. I'm content with how his bed time goes, it is not inconvient for me.
OKAY.. so down to the problem.
My son will be 2 in June. He has ocassionally woken up in the middle of the night, I soothe him then he has no problem going back to sleep. He normally sleeps from 9:30pm until about 8am!! So the past few weeks, he has been waking up every single night!! Somewhere between 3-5am. I don't know what to do it is so exhausting. I find myself crossing my fingers that he will just go back to sleep. When he used to wake up on occasion I would go to his room change his diaper and rock him to sleep. Then he would sleep until the morning.
Lately.. is different. He wakes up crying for me or my husband and wants to be held. We go to rock him but when we think he is asleep and put him down in his crib. He flips out screaming! We could do this countless times in one times. A couple times we gave up and brought him to bed with us... which I really dont like! So after a week trying to get up and soothe him.,.. and it not helping.. I decided to take family's advice and let him cry it out. That's not working either. He just gets more and more upset and angry the longer i let his cries go untended. I lay in bed wondering how long i should let him cry.. wondering what to do. We both end up tired the next day! So some one told me to get ear plugs... it seems so cruel!!
THIS BREAKS MY HEART I NEED HELLLPPPP!!! SO TIRED!
( Quick note: my son has always slept with radio playing quietly and night light on. Also he is starting to get back teeth in.. doesnt seem to be bothered by it during the day tho )