DS has always been a frequent waker, but we have progressed from 8-10x /night to 1-3x/night now at 20mo. He weaned himself a month ago, sleeps in his own bed and in general is easy enough to resettle in 5 minutes or less. Lately though he seems so wound up before bed that it takes an hour or more of one of us laying with him to get him to fall asleep. It just can't go on like this because I am due w/#2 in two months and DH will not always be there to help. Plus DH has just had it because we have been getting no sleep for almost two years and now an hour of our adult time is getting taken up too.
We have had the same routine for a long time- put away toys, brush teeth, say "goodnight" to various things in the house, sit on the potty, change into pajamas, read books, go to sleep. He used to settle on his own with the light off but now he screams, gets out of bed and sometimes leaves his room to come find us. Also he has been harder to settle in the middle of the night- he was up at 2, 4, then 5:30a last night and didn't go back to sleep until 7am, then was up for the day at 7:30. I AM EXHAUSTED! DH does all he can but he has to get up for work at 6 and needs to be able to not kill himself on the job.
Yes, there are teeth coming in (there are always teeth coming in) but this does not seem like regular teething behavior for DS. Last night he kept complaining about his diaper but we changed it, loosened it, put him on the potty, etc and all it did was wake him up more. *sigh*
Any thoughts to help him fall asleep a little easier?