Anyways, Caroline is suddenly having a super hard time going to sleep. Not only that, her days are being affected and she is incredibly clingy.
Here's what's happening:
1. Bedtime: The last 2 nights Caroline has been up until almost 9:30 pm! We start her bedtime routine as usual, but when we try and put her to bed she is screaming for us and trying to claw her way out of the crib and up in to Mama's arms. She's, of course,
doing the typical behavior of trying to prolong bedtime by asking for water and to go potty. We've gotten more strict with water (only giving it once). Potty is hard at the moment, as she is on day 8 of potty training. If she asks to go, she needs to get the opportunity. And, every time she asks to go (AGAIN) at bedtime, she manages to do a little something in the potty. Eventually, however, we say no more and tell her it's "all gone" and that it is bedtime. We've had to calm her down, sit in her room with her and wait until she is almost asleep before leaving. Obviously, this is not a great habit to get into. We've had two nights of this so far. Even with trying to start early last night, she wasn't asleep until 9:30! I think there are a few things going on:
- learning that she can prolong bedtime in certain ways (taking advantage)
- seeing the world differently (While the documented leaps are all finished, we all know there are more developmental milestones to come.) She's extra clingy all of the time. She's also scared of new things. I think she's just going through an adjustment period at the moment.