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|Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:05am|
I'm having a really tough time with nap time with Ali. She fights sleep so badly. I mean, I can tell she's exhausted. Her eyes are puffy and barely open and she's yawning. But she won't go to sleep. Out of desperation I've tried to let her CIO a few times in her crib. (I'm so mad at myself for doubting my instincts and listening to others who told me to do that.) Today was the last time I tried and I won't do it again. She got so hysterical and when I laid down in bed with her went to sleep right away. That didn't make me feel better; it made me feel worse! I read from Dr Sears that sometimes when parents let kids CIO and they finally go to sleep they think they've finally had a victory. But, in reality, all they've done is traumatized the child and most kids will sleep deeply right after being traumatized. *sigh* Now I'm terrified I've traumatized her and feel horrible.
It doesn't help that we just moved, all our stuff was destroyed in a fire on moving day, and a lot of other bad stuff has happened over the last 3 weeks. It's been super tense in our household and I've noticed that she's been super clingy. I think between all the crazines and then living in a new house with none of the stuff she's used to, it's just really thrown her off.
Do you think I'm expecting too much from her right now? Should I just let this all go and do the best I can with her until things settle down? Should I just not worry that she's riled up lately? Any suggestions for nap time?