Every night I have sat down at the keyboard ready to put up a post. Several are saved as drafts right now and I am sure one day they will see the light of day however Henry is going through a bit of a sleep regression.
It started a few weeks ago when he had a terrible cold causing awful congestion. Because snotty noses and sleeping toddlers are not the best combination I spent the better part of a week getting up every two hours. Usually Sgt and I take turns with this sort of thing but when your tag team partner is over 10,000 kms away it makes that sort of thing pretty much impossible.
Last week while having a bath Henry slipped and bumped his chin off the side of the tub, biting his tongue in the process. After getting him calmed down and taking a better look I saw that it wasn’t just a little nip, he had taken a chunk out of the side of his little tongue. That night was hell for both of us with him up every 30 minutes because it hurt to have a pacifier* in his mouth. The only way he would get some sleep was in my arms cuddled up. Desperate to get some sleep I did something Sgt and I had not done before, I brought him into bed** with me.
That night we both got to sleep but the consequences of that night have come back to bite me in the ass. Henry is now getting up around 2am expecting to come into bed with me and becomes inconsolable if he is left on his own to get back to sleep. Most nights it takes a short cuddle in the rocking chair with me to get him settled and back in his own bed but there have been a couple of nights when I am so tired that I have tucked him in with me once again. I know I am the root of this vicious merry-go-round but when you are stumbling about your day because of sleep deprivation you will do whatever it takes to get some shuteye.
Last night was our worst night so far. I made a firm decision that there would be no more coming into my bed and Henry would fall back to sleep in his own bed without cuddling in with me in the rocking chair.
How did that work out for us you ask? Between 12:00 and 2:30 am I was either going into his room to lay him down, find his pacifier or listening to him shout “Mummy” while sobbing. Let me just say I am taking a personal day from work today.
I have tried The No Cry Sleep Solution, I have tried CIO. Now I am at a loss as to what to do next. Internets if you have experienced this and have any assvice please, please, PLEASE let me know.
My fuzzy brain is counting on you.
*I know some people will not agree that a 22 month old should have a paci but it works for us.
**Some swear by co-sleeping, it’s not for us.