I love my youngest daughter.
I repeat this mantra almost daily.
Her older sister is, for the most part, intelligent, sweet natured, helpful-only a little attitude thrown in. (and that’s mostly just lately.) Vivian listens, she stays in bed, rarely needs extra attention. She’s the easy one.
Rosalyn makes me want to eat my shoes on a regular basis.
When things were stressful in August, she started crawling into bed with me, which, all things considered, I didn’t deter. I figured she needed the extra attention because she’s more sensitive. Flash forward to now, a few months later, when everything is stable and normal again, and she’s STILL doing it. 3-4 times a night.
Out of no where I’ll hear “I need a hug and a buggy rug!” and since no one BUT Mom will do, I have to stumble out of bed, and return her.
Threats don’t help. Taking things away-escalates the screaming. Ignoring her-to begin with, I have trouble ignoring her (hello residual guilt of the post partum period!) and secondly, the girl can scream. Loudly, and forever. No one would get any sleep at all.
Problem is-currently I’m not getting any sleep and I feel like a zombie. I know that today I’m coming down with the cold I’ve been avoiding but sheer luck and eating ok, but I’m weak and it’s exploiting that.
I’m frustrated. I do not know how to stop this. She’s still in a toddler bed, and I’m wondering if maybe the bed is too small? It’s not a peeing issue-she’s finally down with all that. It’s not nightmares or terrors because she’s not upset at anything, not crying, she just wants me. And as flattering as that is, I’m exhausted. We can’t watch a TV show anymore without a visit.
I’m trying to just take her right back to bed, tuck her in and leave. But it doesn’t seem to work, and I’m freaking tired. She won’t let anyone in the house help her-she’ll go into hysterics instead, which is TONS of fun at 3am.
What am I doing wrong? She’s a very sensitive kid-she won’t wear anything with buttons, whips her PJ’s off a lot of the time-which is why I’m wondering about the bed size. But I also have a LARGE suspicion that she’s just playing me.
At the same time, she’s not even 4 year, and I don’t want her to be scared.