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my 1 year old: just wants to party!!! He's not sleeping!!!!

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Does anyone else think this sounds "normal" or familiar: my son just turned 1 recently and is also walking. I swear, since he discovered how to walk, he's decided that life is just one big party and he has no time to eat or sleep. His napping is completely off ... usually every second day he falls asleep for a 2 hour nap - that's it. And, for the past week, he has fought going to bed. Literally, I put him to bed, trying to get him in position to nurse him and he pushes me away, rolls off the bed and starts moving. Last night, it was 12:30 A.M., he was totally exhausted, barely awake and still he kept getting off the bed and moving around. I tried putting him in his crib, just to keep him in a small area (I was exhausted!) but he screamed so loud within minutes - I thought he'd go hoarse. He was even walking around with his toys in the dark, stumbling because he was so tired. I don't know what to do. I can't "make him" go to sleep - he physically rolls away from me and even the slightest bit of restraint results in a struggle and crying.

DS fell asleep at 1:00 a.m. last night and was rolling out of bed, ready to play at 6:30 a.m.!

Does this sound typical of this age and development or should I worry?
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We've had weeks like this. Most recently this past week. It's like he's afraid to miss something, or he just needs to keep on moving. So far though it's never been for more than a week or two at a time. When he does go to sleep, it's for maybe an hour, then he's up and trying to go again. I've always thought that it was because they just mastered something new, or were just ready to master something new, and that his poor little body wouldn't let him quit trying or practicing. I don't know if it's normal, but I know we've been there too! On Monday I had a bookbinding class, left DS with DH, came home at 10 pm, and he was up and playing. Turns out when he went to bed at 7:30 he only slept for an hour, and so it acted like a nap. I finally took him to bed with me at midnight, and I feel asleep before he did! Normally, though, it's more like your little guy--screaming, fighting sleep etc. Monday was an exception, because DH let him get up, so he decided he'd just had a nap, not bedtime!

Hang in there!

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Yes, that sounds VERY familiar
My DS is 11 months and is just starting to walk, and his little body just seems to be on autopilot. In fact, right now he is yawning, rubbing his eyes, fussy, and scaling everything in the house while singing his little "overdrive" song because I can't make him sleep. I usually just have to let him sortof run out of steam eventually. I have made our room quite baby-safe, so I just lie in bed and let him run around until he wears himself out. I know that might not be the most fun way to spend an evening, but I notice he definitely goes through phases where it's worse, then it gets better. Probably not much help, but just know you're not alone, and it's normal!!
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