Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Beautifull Bellingham,WA
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Our son is 24 months old and last few months has been a nightmare to put to sleep and to sleep with. Actually he has been like that since 6 months old, but back then it was still easy to put him to sleep. He's not nursing any more, so that is why it's impossible to put him to sleep at night.
It takes somewhere between 1-2,5 hours to put him to sleep! I am so freaking exhausted. The worst part is that he will still sleep till only 5 or 6am. He averages 8 hours of sleep a night, plus around 2 hours of nap. He seems to be tired all the time.
He has lots of food allergies, so we are gluten and dairy free, and I had to stop nursing him recently fro the same reason. He has ALWAYS been the worst sleeper BUT only when sleeping with me. I always felt sorry for him thinking he was hurting or something until one night DH decided to take him and he slept all night, with no problems at all. That was about year ago. From then it's up and down. There were months when he'd sleep in his own bed all night, then it would end and he was back with us.
The worst part now is putting him to sleep. He started to have nightmares, so it was obviously fear related, so I started sleeping with night light, which helped, but it's STILL freaking ritual to get him to bed at night.
Last night we spend with our friends outdoor, bonfire, playing with kids till 9pm. He as so happy and tired and fell asleep in the car. I was all excited that I won't have to deal with him when was get home. So we got home I transfer him to bed, he woke up just enough to not want me to leave the room so I lie there in my clothes with him for 30 minutes, need to go pee and flips out and starts screaming.
I was sooooo mad! I can't even get ready for bed! I am SO TIRED of this. By the time he actually fell asleep it was way past 11pm!! And 5am he is already pretty much up! WTF???? I can not live like this any more.
Anyone has any advice? Please, I am so exhausted. I can not do this any more. He was such an amazing sleeper first 3 months of his life! I got more sleep with him back then than I did in 3 years with my older one. Then it ended.