Nighttime troubles.

I have a 19 month old newborn.  That’s what it feels like.

My hair is oily.  I have circles under my eyes.  In my PJs all day.  Sticky food, drool, snot all over my shirts.  Begging and pleading is a daily occurrence with Emma to let me take a nap while Kate naps.

Kate is just NOT sleeping at night.  It’s not like this has been going on for a few days.  It’s been like this for at least 6 weeks.  Every freakin night.  I fall asleep wondering how many hours I will get.  It’s usually between 2 and 4.

I started to think it was her teeth.  She’s starting to bite me and Emma.  She always has her fingers in her mouth.  She likes for me to press on her gums.  All signs of teething.  I give her tylenol/motrin but it only seems to take off the edge.  I probably gain a couple hours of sleep.

The past 4 or 5 days have been the worst.  She will fall asleep on me or Scott while rocking her.  But the second she gets put into her crib, she will scream for us to come back.  Kate is usually a pretty good fall-asleep-on-her-own type kid.  Not anymore.  She’s morphed into Emma.  This is Emma style sleeping.  She didn’t unless she was cuddling.

I have given her baths at night with the sleepy smelling lotion, given her whole milk before bed, given her meds, run the humidifier so she can breathe easier and have that “white noise”.  I don’t know what to do!

We decided to let her “cry it out” last night.  She woke up at 2am.  We didn’t go in there.  She cried for a good 45 minutes.  She was yelling, “Mama!!! Dada!!! Juice!!” in between cries.  Not once letting off just a little.  Scott went in there, angry, and just rocked her.  She woke up again at 4am.  I went in her room half asleep, rocked her and put her back down.  She slept until 7am.

Doesn’t she know Santa won’t stop by if she isn’t sleeping?!?!?!

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