We are back to sleepless nights. I don’t quite know how we got here, but we’re here. And it is not pleasant.
A little over two weeks ago, he started waking in the middle of the night. Midnight or 1 a.m. and one night it was 4 a.m. I could get him back to sleep by rubbing his back. When I walk into his room in those wee hours of the night, I can tell him to lay down and he does. But he only stops crying when I rub his back. (I can even have my hand on his back, and he will reach back there and pat my hand, motioning for me to start up again.)
And then he was diagnosed with his double-ear infection. I thought we’d be back to sleep, for sure, when the sickness went away.
Occasionally he would sleep all the way through the night. He slept last Wednesday night, and I mentioned it to the doctor on Thursday at his well visit. His ears were cleared up, he was healthy, he just isn’t sleeping.
We could be dealing with so many things:
–teeth. His second one-year molar is cutting through. I can feel a swollen two-year molar. Not cool.
–illness. I think we can cross this one off. 10 days of antibiotics should have killed any illness.
–18-month sleep regression. Oh yes. He has hit every. single. sleep regression like clockwork.
–new skills. He can climb! He can talk! He’s learning new stuff every day and wants to practice at 2 a.m.!
I think we’re dealing with all of the above.
Last night, we were up for over two hours from midnight until 2:30 a.m. I’m still not sure if he fell asleep, or if I was just finally able to fall asleep while he cried. He cried this morning too. The kid has lungs made of steel, I tell you. Oh, and I think we’re going back to the “chapter 5” training. We worked on that last night. For two hours, I tell you.
Today I look/feel awful. I’m making mistakes at work, and I really need to be on my game. We all need sleep.
So if you could send some good sleep vibes our way, we would greatly appreciate it!