See this little girl?
She's adorable - Yes she is. She can be absolutely irresistible and that's a large part of our problem.
You see this little girl has been rocked to sleep since the day she was born. I get her to sleep and hold her for a little while before putting her in her bed. When she wakes up in the middle of the night - which she ALWAYS does(she has only slept through the entire night a handful of times in the last 2 years) she comes in our bed. And she sleeps wonderfully in our bed.
Well problem is that she has put a kicker in our schedule. I still rock her to sleep and hold her for a while but when I get up to put her in her bed and walk down the hall her entire body tenses up. As soon as I start to lift her in her crib she goes stiff as a board and completely wakes up crying. 2 nights ago I left her in there to cry-that lasted for about 30 mins before her Daddy went in and got her. Yesterday at naptime she did the same thing and I left her in there for 50 mins before going in. She won't even lay down when she's in there-she just stands up in her crib and screams the entire time. Last night she did the same thing so I took her back in our room and got her back to sleep - after that I just put her in our bed and she was out like a light.
So all of you with wonderful advice what do I do? I've thought about going ahead and changing her bed to a toddler bed so I can at least sit in there with her and get her to sleep in her bed from the word go but I don't know if that's the right thing. She'll be 2 next week but I don't want to switch her over too soon of course right now she's not sleeping in there at all so what harm could it possibly do? Do I let her sit in there and cry until she finally goes to sleep and if so will she actually finally go to sleep? She stands in there and cries so much that she's sweating and hot and upset. It's such a horrible thing to hear her in there crying it out and yet it doesn't seem to be working either.
I have read that she could be experiencing separation anxiety. It sounds about right considering everything going on right now. Everytime I leave she freaks!!!! We can be at the ballpark and I can walk away for a minute and she acts like I've left forever and is absolutely uncontrollable. She does the same thing at home if I leave to go to the store. It's more than just oh I don't want you to go kind of reaction.
So tell me what comes next because right now she is ruling our house and it's not agreeing with anyone else around here!