Miss Sasha has pretty much always been a good sleeper. She slept through the night at about 2.5 months (that ended of course right before she turned 4 months old and went through what's known as the "four-month-wakeful" period, that lasted about a month) So she has been sleeping so nicely since she was 5 months old. Of course there were bad nights here and there, but overall, it was great.
Then, completely out of nowhere, last Saturday night, she refused to be put down in her bed. Refused. We're talking screaming bloody murder and practically clawing her way out of the crib tent we've put on top of her crib. And it has been a battle every time I try to put her down, naps and nighttime. My heart is literally breaking for her as she lays (stands?) in her crib and screams. Of course, we first checked that she wasn't in pain, no fever, no ear infections (seemingly), no teeth erupting (that we can see), no signs of a stomachache. And it doesn't seem to be a physical discomfort. She starts screaming as soon as she realizes I'm about to change her into her pj's and put her in her crib.
Now it could be her crib tent, but the thing is we've installed it about two weeks prior to these freak-outs starting. It could be that she thinks that papa and mama are having fun doing something exciting without her while she sleeps (but wouldn't that be the case just on the weekends?) It could be just severe severe separation anxiety, because she's constantly attached to me these days and follows me everywhere (but then again, this theory would've made sense maybe right after we came back from Europe?) Our latest theory is that it sometimes takes us a while to get her when she wakes up in the morning and she cries, so maybe she came to associate being in her crib awake with us "abandoning" her (yeah, I know, parents of the year award right here, huh? it takes us both a little bit of time to realize what's going on in the mornings)
What we're trying to do now is create a different, more clearly defined bedtime (and naptime) routine: bath, quiet cuddle time, pjs, book with mama or papa, and then bed. All the while reminding her that we're about to do the next thing as soon as we're done with the current step of the process. We also talk to her right before putting her to bed about all the things we will do once she wakes up, but that she must first sleep and get some rest before we can do all those things. We're also going to try our hardest to get her out of her crib in the mornings the minute we hear something (funny thing is I used to be really good about this when she was teeny tiny)
Ugh, this turned more into a rant than a post, but I'm really just trying to sort this out and come up with a solution. If you made it this far, you are truly a hero (as I tend to ramble on when I'm frustrated), so for that here are two completely gratuitous and fun pictures of my little sleep monster:
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