I just wanted to give a quick thanks to all that responded to my last post about our bedtime/toddler mayhem. It really does help to read/hear all the people out there who have gone through it and send their support. Even though I wouldn’t wish this nonsense on anyone (well, maybe one or two people), it does help to know we’re not alone and she’s just being two.
I still have a lot to say about it, but no time right now. I’m exhausted from only getting 3 hours of sleep last night (yep). We had one great night after the last post and then another crappy night (last night). It’s hard and I still have no idea what to do. I guess there is no right answer. I have tried many, many things. Many things suggested by others (let her cry, don’t let her cry, sit with her, don’t sit with her, pat her, rock her, put her to bed early, put her to bed later, bribe her, offer stickers, prizes, big girl beds, etc) none of it works. Or maybe it does for 5 minutes, but then it stops.
At the end of the day, she simply wants us/me to be in her room with her now or she wants nothing to do with it. She misses us and while the way she is expressing it sucks, it’s not the worst thing in the world- having a child who just misses you SO much they will do anything to have you near them. Ugh. Kids.
I need to stop whining and count my blessings. She’s healthy and happy (when she sleeps) and is generally, very well behaved and engaged. This phase is awful, but things could be worse. I could be losing sleep watching her lay in a hospital bed from being sick, or I could be losing sleep crying because I could never get pregnant in the first place, so I need to just suck it up and move on.
So, for now, I’m going to focus on the great weekend we have planned and try to take it one day at a time. We leave tonight to spend time with our neighbors Mike and Scott at their place in Rehoboth Beach. Then, we drive back Sunday for a Bruce Springsteen concert (I figured we live in 5 minutes from Jersey now, so we have to see him live at least once). Monday, we will be spending the day shopping for the big girl room in Ikea and then Tuesday, it’s back to work, but also my birthday, so hopefully, there will be cake involved somehow.
And tonight, hopefully wine. Red, red wine.
Have a safe and fun weekend everyone!