I'm sleep deprived-- is this 'normal' at almost 3?!?
I have been having this issue with my son for a bit now. my son comes into our room EVERY time he wakes up at night. (Which is about 3-4 times a night) I was thinking it was normal as he is really social and loves to be around people especially daddy and I. I also thought maybe he's scared of the dark because I remember being terrified of the dark when I was really little-- even though I shared a room with my sister. I've asked him what is it that makes him scared and.he says I just don't want you to leave mommy-- daddy can leave but I can't. He will be 3 in may-- his cousin who is about 9 months older seeps great the whole night no issues. As do almost all of our friends kids. I feel like I'm the only one having this issue. It wasnt bad at first just let him sleep with us and then it was so constant I thought crap am i conditioning him or something. So now every time he comes in I take him back to his room, get him comfy, and try to leave... but that's the other thing-- he freaks when I leave, or his dad but I am the person who usually does it. Its getting to a horrible point where I lay down on the floor to make him feel better and fall asleep for a few hours. But my back can't do it! I keep telling my hubby this isn't 'normal' is it?-- all my friends kids sleep all through the night without that much consoling. I don't by any means want to baby him or whatever you'd call it-- nor do I want to expect to much of him if its age appropriate or whatever. Just needing some advice. Husbands a welder works 12 hr days and is up by 430 we gotta get some decent sleep!
PS the night routine is same every night- well usually unless we are not at home on the weekend or whatever-
Dinner, short toy time, bath, PJ's, teeth, lay down and watch 10 minutes of a movie- always kid appropriate usually classic cartoons or Mary Poppins, then I read a book with all sorts of old fairy tales in it and he falls asleep before I'm ever even done with one.