Our son, Rowan, is 23 months old. I co-slept with him for the first 16 or so months of his life, and then transitioned him into his crib (but still in the same room as me) before his father came home in May. There were few tears and little fuss when he moved to his crib, and when we moved into a larger apartment at the beginning of the summer he didn't seem to mind having his own room either (we're expecting a baby in October and I didn't want to try co-sleeping/side-caring both of them.) He has always had a solid bed-time routine and has been a great sleeper (goes to down easily, slept through the night once he weened, etc.) I don't know what's going on, but for the past four nights Ro has not been able to fall asleep by himself and has been getting up at 5am vs his usual
6-6:30am wake up.
Our day-to-day routine is the same, as is his bedtime routine. I think he might be getting his bottom molars, but he has never reacted to teething this way. Usually if he cries when we lay him down (a rarity) it is half hearted and only lasts a couple of minutes, but we let him cry for a half an hour Saturday night and it was awful. He screamed and threw toys and shook the sides of his crib...I can't explain how terrible it made me feel. We brought him down to cuddle on the couch in the dark and he fell asleep immediately. We put him in bed and he slept till five. We did the same thing Sunday and Monday night, but only let him cry for a few minutes until he was tired. Tonight we skipped the crying and just tried cuddling on the couch in the dark, but he was fidgety and couldn't drift off. His father ended up rocking him to sleep (standing, in a chair didn't work, for ten minutes.)
Has anyone experienced anything like this? It's so unusual for him. During the day his behaviors and temperament are predictable, but not quite his usual self (more sensitive and emotional, more easily frustrated and confused.) Any idea what it might be? Could all of this really be from his teeth? We've tried putting Orajel on his gums but I'm not sure it helps. Could it be the baby on the way? Maybe he's fighting off a cold or going to make a milestone jump? I don't know! I'm just tired and frustrated and I want everyone to be able to sleep well again.