Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Well I found a place, it's dark and it's rotted

Dear Internet,

Please, help! I'm at my wits end! Last night was better, a little better, but bed time was still a nightmare. I kept Mary up quite a bit yesterday, I only allowed her an hour and a half for naptime (she only naps once a day). I stuffed her full of food so she wouldn't wake up hungry. Ian kept her up quite late last night also, till about 8:30. She was tired. She was so freaking tired. But when we put her in bed, she screamed. She wouldn't take her bedtime bottle, she just screamed and screamed. It wasn't the fussy, crabby scream. It was the "Oh my God, I've been abandoned, someone killed my cats and my toenails are being torn out one by one" scream. I finally got her to sleep in my arms by cuddling her, I held her while I gave her the bottle which she really wanted, but wouldn't take in her bed like she usually does. She went to bed at about 10:30, screamed for 10 minutes and finally fell asleep.

So, here is my question. What would cause a baby to act like this? For the first year of her life she slept like an angel. Is it even possible for a one year old to be afraid of the dark? She has a night light, always has, but I just dont know. Could it be separation anxiety rearing it's ugly head? What is she so afraid of at night in her bedroom? Nothing's changed in there at all. Sigh. I'm just totally stumped by the whole production.

I do still have to post about the Christmas Blogstravaganza soon. This afternoon or evening if I get a chance.


tomama said...

When Baby Girl was around one and a half, she went through a separation anxiety thing and would only go to sleep if we held her hand or rubbed her head for hours. Finally we just had to do a modified Ferber approach (because I was pregnant again and the floor sleeping was killing my back) where we gave her all of her stuffed toys and left the light partly on and her door open and gradually leave her for longer periods of time. We also moved her bedtime earlier because it seemed that the less tired she was, the less nervous she was and the easier she found it to fall asleep. All kids are different but this is what worked for us.

I so empathize with this.

Emmett said...

Wow. I can't imagine. I googled "baby seperation anxiety", though, and found a lot of information which seems to indicate that this is normal. This site in particular seemed like a good resource: http://www.drgreene.com/21_1183.html

Anne R. Key said...

Punch her in the head and see if that works.

Oh. Was that out loud?