We've been struggling with DD's sleep forever it seems, the last month has been particularly bad. We've returned back to Europe and so had some issues with jet lag, then there was teething, a non-stop series of colds, some separation anxiety and transition issues, and we're of course back to full-time daycare. DD had 2-3 weeks where she would wake up in the night and be up for hours, up to four hours at a time. It's been exhausting. My issue is finding coping strategies with her - ways of effectively settling her to sleep without too many tears - and for me - trying to control an increasingly short temper as I try to deal with very broken sleep and full-time work.
DD is in her own room, in her own crib, but often sleeps with us at least part of the night. She doesn't cosleep full time because she's one of those very independent babies who likes her space and often settles better in her own bed. I nurse her to sleep and back to sleep during the night.
What typically happens now is that when she wakes up around 4-5am to nurse, she will have a hard time settling back to sleep and will often be up for 1-2 hours before catching another hour of sleep before she has to be up for daycare. I'll nurse her, rub her back, try cuddling with her, try setting her in our bed, then her bed, sometimes dh will take over. I'll often lose it after 1-1.5 hours and will unceremoniously plunk her back in her own bed, shut the door, and try to ignore her cries (which never works), then rescue her, and she'll finally fall asleep just from sheer exhaustion and I'll wallow in wretched guilt from losing my cool.
So - anyone ever been in a similar situation? Any peaceful solutions? Or any tips on how to keep cool until this rough sleep pattern passes? (will it pass??)