I miss sleep so much!
Last night I was awake from 11pm to 2am with Nadia. She initially woke at 11am for whatever reason I have no idea. She wakes so many times each night and clearly can’t put herself back to sleep. I sat beside her bed thinking she would go right back to sleep as she sometimes does… but all the sudden it was midnight and she was still awake. Then she started screaming that “it hurts,” pointing down, so I assumed she had to pee. She peed and then continued to scream, it hurts, it hurts. It can’t hurt, we have checked off every possible medical issue she could have related to peeing and pooping. But yet she often screams after peeing. She will even insist on wiping herself sometimes 10 times or more, or ask me to wipe her again and again. Then will all the sudden be fine. In my attempts to calm her though, she started in with insisting the long sleeves of her nightgown weren’t long enough, another common cause for Nadia to scream. It took me an hour to calm her and only after I crawled into her bed with her. Then… she laid awake until after 2am picking her lips, tossing and turning… She slept until almost 730am but that obviously wasn’t enough sleep for her.
I’m on my second sleep help guide book, but nothing I’m trying is working. And I’m becoming more and more convinced some of her issues are sensory related, particularly touch related. Of course… still waiting for her therapy consult. I ordered some books on sensory issues, which should arrive tomorrow.
What am I doing wrong with this child?? She won’t sleep, her tantrums are getting worse and worse, sometimes no matter what I do I can’t calm her… Parenting her is so incredibly difficult and stressful for me… I’m at a complete loss with her so often, and obviously now with COVID-19 I can’t easily get into her pediatrician or other specialist for help.