So here I am in the sleep section again... after battling with weeks of no sleep from bubs not sleeping we have finally managed to get him sleeping a few hours at a time. Lo and behold, seems he only gave up his post to tag team his brother in the job of driving his parents insane from no sleep. My 2 year old (3 in May) usually sleeps 2 hours in the arvo and generally from 7-8pn til about 6-7 in the morning. He would get up a few times...need a drink...need to go toilet...need to give you a cheeky smile and run back to my room...but he would always go back to bed without too much drama and eventually go to sleep. Suddenly he practically refuses to go to bed. As soon as you mention bed he starts 'dont want to go to bed' or 'dont want to go to sleep'. I can coax him in there and read him a story but as soon as I get up to go, he's right behind me. If I manage to get out the door and close it, he's right there screaming high pitched and hysterical, it takes forever for him to calm down. I've tried staying in there with him til he goes to sleep but he just wont go to sleep. He tosses and turns like he has a right bee in his bonnet and eventually I fall asleep and he gets up and tries to leave. We did let him stay up for a few nights but he is just a mess. He is soo tired, big dark circles under his eyes, crying at the drop of a hat etc. I just don't understand it and I'm at a loss as to what to do. I have a baby as well so cant always stay with him for hours trying to get him to sleep (which seems pointless anyway). We've tried putting him in our bed as well, but that doesn't cut it either.
This seems to have come about at the same time that he has stopped listening to us, wont do anything we ask and favourite word is suddenly ;no'. Is this just the terrible twos arriving a bit late? Any suggestions on the bed thing? I'm ready to throttle him...but then I feel so bad as he is such a mess, breaks my heart