Tameka - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )
I've got a major sleep dilema: my daughter won't co sleep nor will she sleep alone. She will not sleep unless I sit on my knees in the middle of her room and she curls up on my lap. So not chance of sleep for me. She will go to sleep in her bed but there is a massive squealing session prior. At 17 months my daughter has taken to squealing whenever she doesn't get her way. So there is a fair bit of noise in my house. The squeals are so loud that a friend of mine (who is a GP) said that being exposed to that sort of noise level will likely damage her ears as well as anyone else's in the room. I've worked it out that this noise is her being stubborn and, well, a toddler. I've tried many ways to curb her squeals and I feel like I'm wasting my time. I'm pro AP and don't believe in hitting my children but when she has been squealing non-stop for the last 90 mins since 2am I feel at the end of my rope. A few times I've left the room and shut her in for a 30 second breather and the noise rises dramatically (I never knew it was possible but it does). She has always been a resistant sleeper since the moment she was born and this is just another chapter in my epic sleep battle with my daughter. Also, I've seen all medical practitioners of every description (and got 2nd opinions too) and they all say the same thing: it's just her nature, try this remedy to help.
My daughter and I are seriously sleep deprived. Last night I managed to get 4 hours sleep which is one of my better nights. My daughter is really clingy and is always moaning from being so tired. The moment I try to put her to bed she instantly throws herself backwards, arches her back and starts the usual noise. Oh, and she is not a 'touchy' baby either. If I pick her up it usually makes the problem much worse.
Not sure what else to do. Every month there is something new to add to the list of issues with my youngest daughter. I've thought that she may have some sort of mild disability or disorder but all the docs I've spoken to have said that because there is no obvious outward displays of disability or disorder there is no point getting her assessed.
I love my daughter, I truly, truly do. I just don't know what to do for her anymore.