It's not hard to imagine that I'm not a fan of this version of nighttime parenting. I would even say I hate this little routine as much as the hysterical 18 month old hates it. And, trust me. She really hates something during these bouts of hysterical screaming.
And no. Her teeth are fine. Her ears are fine. Her eczema is fine.
Her attitude and her sleep habits? Not so fine.
Tonight we decided to do something different because apparently what we are doing isn't working out so great. I got her to sleep and then moved her to over to Henry's bed. Of course, this fully woke her up because she was pretty excited to be in big brother's bed but whatever. I pushed through and got her to sleep again.
2 hours later. Awake. I would call it mass hysteria except she was the only one crying. Until I started crying later.
So yeah. Mass hysteria.
I finally got her back to sleep in my bed. She was asleep and I was still crying.
Something has to change.
Mr. Messy and I decided he would take over next time she wakes up. I was seriously prepared for her to scream until I could no longer handle it and then I would rescue her as always.
The child cried for 3 minutes as her daddy rocked her. 3 minutes. Let me say it again. 3 minutes. I was so prepared for the worst that it didn't occur to me she might not even put up a fight.
Right now she has been asleep in the bed with her daddy and her brother for, oh, 30 minutes. Without nursing. Oh, the things I rejoice in as a mama to these children.
I'm not sure how this night is going to work out but I finally see light at the end of this dark tunnel.
Amen and The End.