Dd is 20 months and has never really slept through the night but had a good stretch where she would wake up only once for a few minutes and go right back to sleep without trouble. Bedtime is fine, she goes down initially very well. It's the middle of the night when she wakes up that is the problem.
Starting at about 18 months she began staying up no matter what we do. We have tried comforting, rocking, ignoring her, rubbing her back, whatever we can think of but she's staying up longer and longer, it's up to 2-3 hours now! This is every single night. She cries a little sometimes, but mostly just plays by herself in the dark. She sleeps in a crib in her room and has since 9 months old.
This wouldn't bother me much since she's obviously not upset, except for 2 things.
1. She gets very loud with her squealing and playing and giggling, and dh and I are exhausted. It's very difficult to ignore and go back to sleep. Our doors face each other and there isn't much we can do to block the sound.
2. She's over tired and doesn't make up for the lost sleep. In fact, she's waking up a little earlier and napping a little shorter. She has dark circles under her eyes and is very cranky by the end of the day, and much less patient during the day.
The pediatrician thinks it's behavioral because she's still gaining weight and meeting her milestones, but this just doesn't seem normal to me! It's been 2 months of this and there hasn't been any improvement. She doesn't have symptoms of anything dietary as far as they can tell. I'm exhausted and desperate.
Did anyone experience anything similar? Do you know of any resources I could look into to help get her sleeping again?