Help.....any suggestions PLEASE

Casey - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello all, so i'm stumped, i have gotten advice from my mom, in-laws, even called my doctor, but nothing is helping. I was hoping maybe some other mom has gone through what we're going through and has ANY remedy to help. I have a 2 1/2 year old, we have moved a lot since he was born, 4 time! My husband was in iraq for his first 14 months so i lived with my mom in a small apartment, then we moved to KS before he got home, then he decided to get out of active duty so we moved to VT to live closer to family, but had to live with his parents before we bought our house, wich we now currently live in. Well everytime we moved, it was hell for a few weeks to months to get my son back into a sleeping schedule. So i figured by moving into our house and FINALLY getting settled, he would be great. Well he's not, we moved in last december and he was doing wonderful, but then he went from a crib to a big boy bed when he turned 2 in March and this summer has been crazy with traveling! Well we haven't done anything overnight in 3 months since a fiasco while staying at my parents in CT. It started with him up every hour for 2 weeks. Then up 4 times at night for about a month. That's when i called my doctor, which wasn't much help, but we decided to crack down and let him cry it out as much as possible (he knows he can get out of his bed) We did that for a week and it was improving. He got up like clock work at 1 and 4. Then he was down to getting up at 2. So this has all been going on for 3 months. Well just resently he regressed and was up 4 times 2 nights ago and 7 times last night. We also have another baby on the way due at the end of November, so i'm pregnant and tired as it is! Not to mention i'm terrified for when our daughter arrives that we are going to be getting up with both kids and are NEVER going to get sleep. If anyone has ANY suggestions to help with my 2 year old i would really appreciate it, my husband and i are exhausted and in need of some help. THANKS

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Casey - posted on 08/21/2009

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do u let them cry for a little bit or do you run right in to try and catch them? And are you waking them up because you want to make sure they aren't waking up because they need something? Because i'm scared that my son is now getting up because his sleep clock is used to getting up at the same time. And do they always stay in bed, or do they get out? Sorry so many questions, i appreciate your response :)

Emily - posted on 08/21/2009

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Well your right this is definatly something you want to tackle before your new baby arrives. I had a similar problem with both my daughter and son. For us i found that they would be crying but not fully awake. My son is two and my dauther is almost 6. I literally have to get their attention make sure they are awake. Usually off them a little drink of water. By the time they have their little drink they are soo dead tired from crying and from just being plain sleepy that they go back to sleep for the night. Difficult part was just waking them up from their crying sleep. Hope it helps.

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