Argh, it's dreadful isn't it. Just when you think things are going 'smoothly' for five minutes - BAM!
I sure hope it's all developmental too - the sleep, the behaviour. What constantly worries me though is somehow introducing (or letting slide) dreadful habits that will continue through to adulthood! Well, not quite...but lots of sources seem to indicate that this age is very important in terms of limits, boundaries, development etc.
We have been quite staunch about routines etc thus far, but literally in the last two weeks her bedlam has tossed all our groundwork out the window! Really hoping we can be the grownups and find a way through it all...including new stubborness about bedtimes. Gah.
Another thing I read a long time ago was:
If you have a good sleeper, they might regress or have trouble sometimes, but they'll always go back to being a good sleeper. I SO hope this is true too. It has been in the past...but this three year old business has scared us all silly with it's new and crazy things.
And yet - I also read somewhere (a curse on the internet) - that 3 year old sleep patterns won't change much from now on. So does THAT mean that if we let the sleep crumble into not-enough, or whatever now...that it'll stick forever?
This week, and last week....I'm really, really not enjoying parenting at all.
Good luck with yours! We had a night time waking last night too...but so tired she nodded off before we could even decide who was going to go to her.