I need help!!! My little Zoey is having a tough time. There are three things that have changed in the last couple weeks and it has been a real challenge!
#1, she has started having serious temper tantrums! They last a LONG time and are uncontrollable :( Anything sets them off but it's way worse when she is tired....you can imagine how bad they were the couple times in Hawaii. I think this little girl knows she is about to be 2. I can only hope they don't get worse!
#2, Zoey REfuses to sleep in her pack n play.....not sure what started this. She has NEVER had a problem sleeping in it. She sleeps in one at nanny and papas, grammy and grampas, camping, hotel room, etc. She has always pretty much just layed down and fallen asleep. Right after returning home from Hawaii (she slept in one there and slept great) she all of the sudden would not sleep in one. She FREAKED out. Not like she was scared, more like the tantrums she throws....oh boy. She also got so worked up she figured out how to get out...so I had to figure something out. We tried letting her sleep on our floor....it worked a couple times but I decided not to make that a habit. We have a bed set up for her just waiting for the right time to make the transition. I have put her in it the last few nights and she has gone to bed without a fit.....however that brings us to challenge #3!
#3, Zoey is waking up at night!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhh! It's horrible. I think this might be related to the time change from Hawaii to here. However, it is still going and it's been a week and a half. She has NEVER woken up like this EVER in her life. As a baby she woke up once to nurse and went right back to sleep. She has slept through the night since she was just a few months old. Occasionally when she is sick or something she will wake up once but go right back to sleep in her pack n play. Well, since she is now sleeping in a bed it makes things really tough because she las nothing to keep her in until she falls back asleep. We have locked her in her room but I always end up going and getting her because I hate the screaming. The worst night was Sat. night. She went to bed (I can't remember how we did that) and then woke up at like 3am.....she would NOT go back to bed....we tried everything and she was just screaming and screaming. Somehow Jane slept through all of that chaos only feet away and I am sorry to our upstairs neighbors (if you are reading this). I really couldn't help it! She was awake until like 6:30 holy cow! That was a bad night. I finally got her to lay down and sleep on a body pillow on the floor and promised to leave her door open if she didn't get up....I guess by that point she was so tired that she finally fell asleep. I'll just say that we were not on time to our 9:30 church and I really didn't mind. I had a good reason! We had about three really bad nights where she was up either for a really long time or up multiple times...last night was ok...she went to bed in her bed really well. She only woke up once where I went in and put her back in bed. BUT, how do I get her to not wake up?!? It's the worst thing ever. I am not used to waking up at 3 in the morning. I don't even remember the last time Jane woke up then.
I have come to the conclusion that things are changing in her life. She is growing up as much as I hate to admit it. She is potty trained and I think she is at that point in her life where she is starting to feel more independent. This may contribute to the tantrums (I know it's normal for two year olds) and is probably aiding her stubbornness when it comes to sleeping in a crib vs. bed. It just feels like a lot all at once. Out of everything that's gone on the one thing that makes me the most sad is her not wanting to sleep in a crib/pack n play. I don't know why but I just miss the days (literally a few days ago) when I lay her in it and she smiles and cuddles with her blanky's and that's it, she just falls asleep happy. I guess I'm sad because it's a big change in her life that happened so suddenly. :( I'll get over it. It IS cute to see her go to bed in a big girl bed and I know she's old enough. I love my baby girl. Even though she is growing up fast she is still my baby girl.