I have been nursing DD to sleep for almost every nap and bedtime in her 7 months on this earth. There have been some times (especially for naps) when she has put herself to sleep without a fuss, or just with some babbling/yelling for a few minutes. She sleeps in a crib in our room.
As I write this, she is howling angrily in her crib (I wouldn't call it screaming). We do not WANT to let her cry, it just seems to be what she is doing--DH is in there now. I tried nursing her to sleep as usual but she wasn't really hungry enough to nurse long enough to fall asleep. I tried putting her in the crib and sitting next to her--she started crying. I tried lying in bed next to her, thinking maybe she'd fall asleep there. Nope. DH came in--he's been in there for the past 15 minutes, patting her, rocking her, lying next to her...nothing. Still crying.
Last night was a similar situation. What do you do when your arsenal is exhausted and it seems the child just does not want to go to bed? She's been opting not to nap much the last couple of weeks--she's just so turned on to the world right now--but not sleeping is not really an option at night.
I should add that by day she is a very mellow girl--we get comments from her daycare provider and other more experienced moms that she is unusually cheerful. But bedtimes are just full of drama.
I feel like she may be overtired--but if we move her bedtime earlier she's not tired enough to fall asleep nursing, and I feel like I don't know what else to do to get her to sleep without a fight! I don't want to just let her stay up and play, because that would worsen the overtired cycle.