(Apologies to Gotye.)
I'm not sure what happened to our sweet, chill, easy-going baby. But she seems to have been body-snatched and replaced by an angsty, frustrated, tantrum-throwing pre-toddler.
These past three days have been some of the most difficult days I've had with E in a long time. She has been SO frustrated and throwing temper tantrums over every little thing. Her mood fluctuates wildly from perfectly calm and
happy to full-blown temper tantrum several times per hour. She starts and
stops tantrums so quickly that sometimes I cannot even determine what it was that set her off. And heaven forbid if she gets into something she
shouldn't have and I take it away... complete meltdown.
She is also refusing to nap, screaming and fighting going to sleep for an hour or more before I finally give up and just let her stay awake. Of the few times she has finally fussed herself to sleep these past few days, she wakes up only 20-30 minutes later. (She took two 20-minute naps yesterday. That is only 40 minutes of napping. For the WHOLE DAY. She was awake practically 13 hours!)
Bed time hasn't been any better. After weeks of going to sleep on her own, without fuss, she is now back to fighting it for an hour or more. Last night, she cried on and off for an entire hour before finally falling asleep. I tried everything -- leaving her to CIO (only makes her angrier!), laying with her (she hit me and pushed me away), nursing her (more hitting and pushing), and rocking her (physically fighting and kicking, trying to wrestle herself free). Nothing worked... Until she finally realized that she WAS actually hungry, nursed for a few minutes, and then passed out for three hours.
Oh, and she has also been refusing to nurse during the day as well. So on top of being exhausted, she is also likely starving. She is teething something awful (working on four new teeth!), and on the cusp of several big milestones (crawling, cruising, standing, walking), which I'm sure is also part of the problem. Those things combined make her such a frustrated, clingy, grouchy mess that she will hardly let me put her down... lest she have another tantrum.
I'm really just rambling. It is frustrating to deal with, but mostly I just feel sad and helpless. I hate watching her being so frustrated and having such a hard time, but there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to make it better, other than just ride it out.
Did anyone else go through this with an almost-one-year-old? Any suggestions? How long did it last? Is there anything else I can do to make this time easier for E (and S and me)?