Okay- lets talk about sleep.
I love it. I need it. I don't get enough of it.
At the moment we are averaging about 3 wake ups a night with 2 of those coming form the Young Man. Throw in a 5 am start from the Lady Baby and Dave and I are b.l.o.o.d.y e.x.h.a.u.s.t.e.d.
I'm okay with a quick feed for the little lady, especially when she goes back to sleep without an issue.
It's when the Young Man wakes and tantrums that I have a hard time being patient. Especially when it would appear that he just wants to play. Seriously, he screams and bangs on his door until one of us goes in, then its game on. 'I want to play mummy' or 'lets read a story'.
Occasionally he will wake and say he is scared. Once he told me that a possum came and tapped on his window. When I asked if if he was frightened he responded with 'no mummy, because possums hunt beetles and bees eat honey'. Right then.
So, tell me wise ones, what should I do with a 2 (and 4 month) year old when they have returned to night waking for no obvious reason?
Should I just leave him to cry it out (I don't think I could actually do this)? Should I pat his head until he falls back to sleep, should I play with him and read him a story (please say no)? Should there be consequences for throwing a tantrum in the middle of the night? if so, what should they be? Share with me your experiences.
I'm so out of my depth here.
Oh, he is also dropping his day sleep and becoming a total terror to get to bed in the evenings despite having a consistent routine. Oh sleep, why do you taunt me?