Oh my gosh. Where did my sweet little good-natured baby go?
Did teething turn any of your children into cranky monsters? How long did it take for them to go back to normal? He can't be like this the entire time he's getting his teeth.... right?
Did any of your kids start waking up in the night again when they were teething? What did you do about it? Bennett's first tooth just cut through on Tuesday, and the week before that, we had been working on getting him to put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night. About a month or two ago, he started waking up occasionally in the night and so I would go in and wrap him back up and he would go right back to sleep. Well occasionally turned into twice a week, which turned into every other day which turned into every night. So we decided that was that, and when he woke up in the night, we just let him cry himself back to sleep. He cried for 25 minutes the first night and 16 the next. After those 2 nights, we figured out that if we wrapped him with one arm out of his blankets, he slept better, so we started doing that. That also made it harder for him to get completely out of his blankets, which is what seems to bother him so much in the night. He slept great for probably 4 nights in a row, but now he is getting out of his blankets that way, too. He HATES it. But he has to learn to sleep not wrapped up because a) that's how people sleep and b) he won't stay wrapped up even if we tried.
So the wrapping him up battle was raging, and we were just letting him cry (but we thought he was getting better). Now he's teething and last night he woke up at 1:18am and wasn't asleep again until almost 2:30am. I finally went in about 2am. I would be fine letting him cry it out, except that now that he is teething, I worry that his teeth hurt him and that he's not just needing to cry it out, but that I should be giving him tylenol or something. But at the same time, I don't want to go in there if nothing is wrong because I don't want him to learn that if he just cries for 30 minutes, Mom will come in. I am sure I am not the only one who has fought that battle.
The two nights before when we had let him cry himself to sleep, he got really wound up with his crying, and then spent about the last ten minutes of crying winding down. Last night, instead of winding down, he just kept getting more and more wound up. He was completely hysterical by 2am when I went in. But then, when I went in and picked him up (thinking I would check his diaper), he immediately stopped crying. His diaper wasn't messy, and he didn't seem to want anything besides to be held. NOT WHAT I WANTED!! I was so frustrated. Then when I went to lay him back down, the screaming started again. I was so mad that I just gave up and held him til he calmed down and then put him back down. I mean, we have neighbors above and below us, and I feel bad just letting my baby scream all night, too, because I know they can hear it. The insulation between our apartments is practically non-existent.
He has also been very clingy during the day, so I think part of it is the beginning of separation anxiety. Is this just a horrible bunch of events make each other all worse? Learning to sleep unswaddled and teething and separation anxiety all just combining to make the perfect storm?
Do you guys have any tips for getting your baby to get used to sleeping without being covered up? How warm do you keep your kids rooms? Is he just cold once he's out of his covers and that's why he hates it so much? We have had a space heater in there and generally keep the room between 70 and 72. Are we freezing him? He's in a onesie and long-sleeved, footie pajamas.
Did teething turn your children into rotten little grumps who are almost no fun at all?
What would you do in the middle of the night with your baby screaming, if you were in my situation? I know that he knows how to sleep through the night just fine. He has been sleeping 11 hours or so every night since December. We always put him down awake and he puts himself to sleep. Every night. Every nap. I know he knows how to do it. He sleeps for about 4 hours every day- usually split between 2 naps, sometimes 3. WHY THE MIDDLE-OF-THE-NIGHT meltdowns?! Help me!