My 15-month-old son is normally rocked to sleep. This had been working ok, with of course some bumps along the road, but until a few months ago he was doing great with nighttime sleep.
Almost nightly over the last 2 months, he wakes up around 11pm and is up until about 3am...EVERY NIGHT. We rock him in a dark room, and he just wiggles around and points at the door to go out of the room and fusses. Occasionally he's hungry, most of the time he wants to play. He stopped nursing when he got sick at 11-months, so I don't have that to use to get him to sleep.
He's been waking up around 7:30am (total of 8 hours of nighttime sleep after counting the interruptions.) He naps about 2 hours during the day (11:30-1:30pm).
We've addressed: temperature, amount of food eaten (nighttime snack, cutting out dairy), outside time (too much/too little).
I've gained 10# in the past month because I'm eating to stay awake for my 4-year-old and to work at my evening job (hence, no naps or early bedtimes for me). Exercise (my sanity) feels impossible on 3-4 hours of sleep, my husband and I are arguing all the time, and I'm yelling at my older daughter. We have no family to help.
We are getting so angry and frustrated with him at night, that we are starting to let him cry for 3-5 min. No more, because it breaks my heart to hear it. It's not intentional, it's when we've reached boiling. He screams, and then I go in there and he grasps me so tight that I want to cry...but I CANNOT take this anymore. My husband is resentful towards me b/c of the nighttime parenting choices we've made. I don't know what to do but I CAN'T take this anymore.
Please help me! This goes against EVERYTHING I believe in but at some point I need a break!