And a few weeks ago Lucas entered a new phase. When we kiss him goodnight, he refuses to close his eyes and starts yelling when we attempt to walk out of the room. He sits up and whines, yells, cries. Lately we've set next to him until his lids get too heavy to keep open and he finally falls asleep. If we walk out before he's good and asleep, he sits up and cries again. The really fun part is that he does this in the middle of the night too, wakes up, sits up and yells. We walk in to check on him and then can't leave because he, again, refuses to close his eyes and freaks out if we head toward the door.
I considered the idea that it was night terrors, but dismissed it because as soon as we walk into his room when he's yelling like that, he stops and is fine. Usually, when kids have these night terrors they continue freaking out when you're there, and take a while to snap out of it.
Anya is 8 months old. For a few months now she has been good at going to bed. I sing her a song, lay her down and she usually falls asleep shortly thereafter (if she didn't fall asleep while nursing). If she fusses at all, it's only for a moment, less than a minute or two. But she won't sleep until dawn. She wakes up every few hours and cries, sometimes every hour and a half, sometimes more.
I don't know what to do. My kids share a room. Between both of their sleeping issues, I am up a lot at night and the most difficult thing is that I can't go back to sleep for a half hour or more each time. I'm sweet and comforting and understanding the first one or two times Lucas wakes up but by the third... I am cranky, tired, impatient... "why won't you go back to sleep!"
This is just a phase, right? A short one?
This is what I found after Zach went to comfort crying Lucas in the middle of his nap today. Yup, he fights naps too and if he wakes up when he's no ready he's a cranky cranky kid, but won't go back to sleep unless someone's next to him.