So my 18 month old is generally a great sleeper. She goes down at 7:30pm, sleeps until 7:30am (with a wakeup to nurse around 4:30 and occasionally a wakeup around 1.) She naps in the afternoon from about 12:30 to 2:30/3:00. We worked hard to create a positive sleep environment for her with a good routine. She usually tells us when she's ready to go night night (!!!), goes to sleep quite easily, and is well-rested and happy during the day.
But... she's been sick. All this weekend she had a pretty high fever with no other visible symptoms aside from being very irritable. We have no idea what she had, but it made her sleep terribly. Totally understandable. Now her fever is gone and she seems to be feeling better, but she's so wired she can not sleep. Last night she went to bed at 7, but woke up at 9 and was awake and inconsolable for two hours. The rest of the night she was fitful and wanted to nurse but it didn't really help her to actually sleep. Today she went down for her nap, and only slept 40 minutes- she usually sleeps for 2-2.5 hours! She is so incredibly tired, but when we nurse her or offer a bottle she thrashes around and doesn't sleep. If I rock her, she just screams and screams. If I leave her alone in her bed she either screams or she plays, but does not sleep. If DW tries to nurse her in bed, she'll sometimes doze, but she gets no solid, sound sleep and she frequently wakes up and talks or cries.
When does this cycle end? I consider myself to be pretty sleep-savvy, but I can't seem to find the solution to this one. And seriously, she needs to break the cycle because it's making her miserable and her poor nursing, full-time working Mommy and her pregnant Mama need to get a little rest too!