I really just need to vent here and get some advice! DD (12 months) has always been a crappy sleeper, but the past week has been total hell... Instead of waking up every couple of hours to nurse quietly (which is disruptive enough), she's waking up loudly crying and taking forever to go back to sleep. She's tossing, turning, rolling, crawling, sometimes playing/babbling, sometimes an hour or more. She's cutting multiple teeth at once. She's taking a few steps and about to take off walking. Timing-wise, she's probably in a Wonder Week. She's terribly constipated and I think she has a small hemorrhoid. We're trying to change her diet to help her poo, so now she's painfully gassy, wakes up screeching. Oh, and she fell in the tub and badly whacked her right cheekbone the other night, and since then she doesn't like to sleep on that side. Guess which side the sidecar crib is on?
I'm thinking all we need is a nice dose of whooping cough or something to really get this party started.
All this makes perfect - if crappy - sense, but I feel like DH and I are on the verge of divorce out of sheer exhaustion. He's begun a campaign to get her in her own bedroom (as if that would solve ANYTHING on the above list). Today, when he - again - mentioned moving her out, I told him that as long as she wasn't left to cry alone, he was welcome to devise - AND IMPLEMENT - any plan he wanted to. And as long as I'm doing 100% of the nighttime parenting, and as long as I continue not to get a break, I will do whatever gets me - and baby - the most sleep.
Things are really peachy right now at our house. Has this happened to anyone else? ARE there any solutions or tips? DH keeps saying, "We must be doing something wrong!" and I can't imagine what else to do except suck it up and survive. How can you "sleep train" a baby going through so much? I wouldn't even want to try. But it sure does feel like we're failing.