November 29, 2011

A Migraine and a Rant

This is totally a rant...but if I dont' get it out in words I may snap tonight...you've been warned...

Why is it that the day I have a migraine is the day that Kaidrei decides to go back to screaming any time she wants anything? Not just moaning, but full on screaming throw herself on the floor tantrums with no forewarning. We went from 0 to 200 on the tantrum scale in under 10 seconds. She has been doing so well at using words the last couple weeks to communicate and I now realize how nice it is to have her talking.

I was glad when Brian got home from work to help and that it was almost bedtime. Instead of a nice peaceful bedtime, Kaidrei has thrown another epic fit waking up Malea to join in the fray. Brian and I both have earplugs in and can still hear her just fine, luckily Malea has fallen asleep again in my arms.  So now almost two hours later after having stories read, songs sung, special dolls being pulled out to be a buddy in bed, hugs and kisses, more hugs and kisses, she has screamed to the point of vomiting, finally fallen asleep by the door, and has two royal upset parents.

I'm sure that both of us getting over being sick plus my migraine doesn't help our patience tonight, but her antics at bedtime have become more and more drawn out over the last few weeks.
We've tried stopping naps during the day, which hasn't helped.
We've tried singing to her...
We've tried laying on the floor next to her bed...
We've tried leaving the door open...
We've tried shutting the door...
We even bought a new sippy cup for her (after she chewed through the nipple of the last one we had and we'd both agreed that it was going to be the end and we were just going to deal with the battle of no more sippy cup) because we hoped it would help calm down the nights since she started going to sleep with a bottle last year when Malea was born. I've wanted to stop the habit since it started, but getting up with Malea every few hours made it hard to break a habit that helped everyone in the house sleep, so we let her keep the sippy cup.

Still we have massive battles at bedtime? What do we do?

The one thing that has come from tonight is that Brian and I have both decided with a renewed vigor (that will hopefully still be there in the morning) that the sippy cup is going to disappear tomorrow - for good. It's not helping with the bedtime fits and I feel like taking it away at bedtime and letting her have it during the day will just confuse and frustrate her. If she is going to throw royal fits, then we might as well bite the bullet and do what we've been avoiding because of the royal fits we knew we'd have to face.

So to my neighbors I apologize for the fits that you will be able to hear tomorrow in advance and offer you earplugs if you'd like (we have a good supply of them!). I just hope that it will be a couple of rough days and then we can move on with life...minus a sippy cup addiction ;)

1 comment:

  1. No advice just well wishes. Good luck tomorrow. Maybe a playdate will help. Call me!

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