Not sure where to start this week other than it's been awful. Not the baby, her's has been on par for her age. Some nights sleeping long stretches, others waking up more often. We really should move her to her room, probably could have a month ago (she's 10 weeks now!), but it just easier grabbing her from the bassinet next to the bed and laying her back as opposed to walking down the hall and therefore getting more awake in the process.
But, that's not where we are going with this. This is about the toddler.
Two Fridays ago this started. Going bed was impossible. Dad did the usual routine and when he put her in tbhe crib and she freaked. He went back in, but she wouldn't settle, so he just left thinking she'd cry for a few and quit, sit down, and go to sleep.
After 15 minutes maybe I headed up. Tried my hand at rocking and singing and putting her down. No.
Long story short, she didn't fall asleep until 10pm after I stood over her crib repeatedly turning on her soother ("jungle") and she fell asleep.
Some how the next night was easy, but every night sense has been a nightmare. When our in laws came to stay with us on Wednesday after they lost power during the ice storm, we went out and bought a new night light. Hoping the new novelty and change in routine would work. She's pretty obsessed with the stars and we've changed bed time to reading, then getting in the crib which elicits some tears, and we'll ask her to lay down so she can see the stars. A few nights I had to tell her stories, all including "mouse". Now we no longer need to story tell or stand over the crib, but sit comfortably in the chair. However, if we leave too soon she flips out.
She's also been waking up in the middle of the night like the world is ending.
Now that the in laws have left, we are going back to a bit of crying and fussing. I don't mind her crying if she isn't hyterical or in need (hungry, wet, scared). Usually her 'complaining' cries end quickly, when they don't and the start to escalate, I head in because I'm sucker and I don't think it's right for her be scared or hysterical.
She is about to cut a tooth, and her eating habits have been a bit off, so I hope some of this is contributed to that and that it just comes through already, but overall this doesn't really seem like 'classic' teething. It seems like 'almost two starting to have fears - possibly the dark or being left alone - and exercising control (ie. manipulation)'.
I would love to hear if anyone has gone through anything similar and what worked with getting back on track or to old routines. While it seems we've figured it out with just sitting around until she sleeps, it's not really ideal.
In other news, the In Laws got their power back over the weekend, we are forecasted to get another 10+ inches on Wednesday night, and Kenley got a shot today that she missed at her 2 month check up. And that's life.