Thanks again for all the support. We had a bunch more scary bedtimes. Saturday night wasn't so awful, except they screamed as soon as we walked out of the room, for exactly 1 minute. Then they were both up at 1:30 and ended up in our bed, restless and cranky until morning.
Sunday we took them to the aquarium. They slept for almost an hour on the way there, ran around like lunatics, and stayed awake for the ride home. I actually had an event to go to, so my husband did bedtime. I thought they were a shoe-in to go to bed at 8, or even earlier. Nope. He said every time he got them near the cribs, Lilly flipped out. This is a horror, because Lilly has been my reliably good sleeper for nearly a year! Nooo, Lilly, noooo!! When he finally put them to bed, it was quiet for a minute, then Lilly starting shrieking. The only saving grace was that when he went back in there, Kate was already asleep. He said he picked Lil up, rocked with her, and she was chattering away, telling him all the stuff in the room, plus a lot of imaginary stuff (she has somehow gotten the idea that there is a turtle in our bed and an owl in her room somewhere). He said it took 20 minutes and then she fell asleep on him, so he put her in bed. That was at 9pm. At 5am Lilly was up screaming and wanted to be in our bed, so she came in. She was all chattery then, too, and I finally settled her back to sleep around 5:45. Kate slept right through, though - first time in ages - yay Kate!
I am so scared of tonight's bedtime. I am working today, tomorrow, and wednesday, which is very rare - and very exhausting for me. I freelance and usually WAH, but this particular job requires me in the office these 3 days. I get home around 7, and if they don't go to bed until after 9, I don't eat dinner until 9:30 or 10pm.
This has to be a phase, right? Can someone fast forward past it, please? Part of me wonders if it's the 2-year molars, actually. Lilly's been saying "teeth hurt" lately. But I think it's because I asked her once if her teeth hurt. She said yes. Then my husband asked if her toes hurt, her ear hurt, her foot hurt, etc. Either my kid is in constant total body pain, or she just likes to tell us what she thinks she wants to hear.
: I felt around but didn't notice anything back there that felt toothy, although I know it can start hurting before they start sprouting. Ugh. I just wish I had answers! And a solution! That would be nice, too.