Because I'm completely done. I'm ready to leave him in his room and let him scream. DH has been urging me to do it for weeks because I'm exhausted and on a constant short fuse because of it.
He's been waking up at 4 am for the last 2 weeks now. And I mean he's UP. For the day. So this weekend we decided to drop his nap completely and see if we could get him to sleep until a more reasonable hour. The first night (Saturday), he woke up at 4, but went right back to sleep with his bottle. Yeah! Then last night he didn't. He was up at 4 for at least an hour, maybe more like 2 (no clock, I just know it was a long freaking time because I wanted to scream) before finally falling back to sleep to wake up at 7 when daddy started his coffee. It's not so much that he's awake, it's that he insists on keeping ME awake. He'll lie in bed next to me for most of that time (I might have to remind him to lay down 2 or 3 times), but he's singing and talking and pinching my nipple endlessly. If I roll over so he doesn't have access to my nipple (which I eventually do because I can only take so much), he'll go into full meltdown screaming fit, and obviously that's not conducive to sleep either.
Besides the obvious of me not getting enough sleep and being on a very short fuse, he has huge black circles around his eyes because he's just not getting enough sleep. Sunday morning he got up about 7, no nap at all and went to sleep within minutes of starting bedtime at 7:30. Before we were starting bedtime at 8 (it would take an hour), he'd be up at 4 and would take a 90 minute-3 hours nap in the afternoon. So getting him to sleep was tons easier, but he's still waking up at 4!
Not so long ago he would sleep until 5:30/6:00 before waking. And then he'd be up. I could deal with that. I didn't really like it, but I could deal. This 4 am stuff though, I'm not dealing. I really need a solution here that allows me to get some sleep.
And to make everything worse, we leave on Saturday for a week with family, where we're all going to be in one bedroom (with DH), and 9 other adults in the house to hear him screaming. Not the way I want to spend the holiday.