1. Sleep. She’ll cry for up to 2 hours at night. Not just crying — screaming, shaking the bars on her crib, shrieking. It’s super fun. We have totally let her cry it out (we have normally followed babywise, and she has been sleeping through the night really well since about 9 weeks of age — until we started giving up the 2nd nap). Drew usually goes in if it’s something new (because he is a saint), gives tylenol and a hug and walks out. Then, the crying resumes for a long period of time. We wake up groggy and cranky, she’s not really a bundle of fun either. We’re giving advil before bed, along with teething tablets. We’ve been to the doctor, she is getting molars but it’s ben almost a full month of this. About a month ago we eliminated her 2nd nap. She tends to be REALLY tired around 5 pm — right when I am making dinner… but we try to feed her and then get her to bed. When I do lay her down at that point I almost gurantee myself crying that night.
2. Nursery. The first week went SO great. She did fine, no crying, had a good time. She missed the second week because she had a fever. Now, we’re just suffering each week. Yesterday I went in for a bit, I finally left (to teach RS) but she apparently just wanted to be held and suck her thumb. I guess she had a total break down at about 15 minutes before church got out and they took her to Drew.
My current plan:
1. Do more playpen time. I think she needs to learn how to play on her own better. We’re almost always together and I think that leads her to be really posessive of me.
2. Invite some of her nursery friends over to our house for tiny playdates. Possibly beg some of those moms to watch P for 1/2 an hour or so. I may just end-up staying in my car playing angry birds.
3. REALLY work on the bedtime routine. Right now she goes down at 6:30, but sometimes — because it’s so early we just hurry to get her in bed. I think maybe if we gave her some more time to cool down and started it a little early, bed might go better.
4. Not die.
I’m not really sure how willing our nursery leaders are to work with us on this. It’s kind of hard to figure them out. Usually, when she goes to the woman who watches her usually she cries for a minute or two and then does fine.
So, how did you get your reluctant wee one to love nursery, and while it seems like this whole nap transition causing issues with sleep thing has been a problem for my other 2 as well… do you have any thoughts there?
Really, you. Reading this blog. I know you read it. I have almost 100 hits every time I write a post. None of you comment. I’m dying here. Thoughts?