My DD is 3.2 years old. I have no idea how much sleep she gets, because we can't stay awake long enough to figure it out. We are pretty sure we have seen her go two days without sleep, no problem. This is about how it goes. We let her stay up, in her room, with a TV. I know, I know, but like I said, its nuts. If it is dark and empty she will stay up singing, and calling for us. If she gets a lot of sleep at home, she can't take a nap at day care, and staying in her "cot" quietly for 2.5 hours turns into her screaming, and having violent temper tantrums (hitting/biting/kicking). We let her stay up and she takes naps, however she is only getting around 6.5 hours or less a day total, from what we can tell. We use to let her stay up with an I-pad, and at least we would get some sleep, until the monitor we use for our 9m old started interfering with the internet, and she was waking us up ever 30 minutes to fix it. Now we do TV (DVD) shows. We both work full time btw. Frequently she makes up excuses to scream and get our attention. Ailments of painful body parts, which to be honest always seem very real, but (really?) tonight it has been her wrist that hurt, ice that got the bed too wet to sleep in, she needed water, and she needed another show (in the last hour and a half, while I have been typing this). Other nights its bathroom breaks, or whatever will get us in the door. Well, as if it isn't bad enough, us getting very little, torturous, sleep....now her screaming is waking up her brother (9m) and things are getting impossible. He is having a very hard time, and he is now starting to just stay awake for hours. Between the two we are just....well, it's impossible. We are so upset with her when she does this, but we can't seem to get her to stop screaming out at night. I know that a lot of you are saying that sleeping patterns are difficult, but does this sound familiar, or like its something really different?
We now have to keep her door open so she will at least not scream to wake up her brother, because she just keeps screaming, no matter what the consequences. We are at a loss.
Thanks for any advice. And sorry for the horrible grammar and spelling. I'm horrible at it normally, I can't imagine the endless mistakes atm.