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14 Dec 2004

Make him sleep!!!
Yup it's me again, the one with the 2 small kids. Last time it was the 4yr old acting up, now the 21 month old is driving me dilly. He goes down easily at night, in a big bed with bottle and blankie, but wakes every 2 hrs. I put a couple of bottles, (very weak juice) in his bed but he keeps waking for more. Even if he finds the bottle himself he still wants me. I don't talk or pick him up but once he sees me he's happy for another 2hrs. I'm exhausted. Dad left a yr ago, major manipulator, and is now starting to "drop the kids" - ie. not see them when he should. Do u think sleep disturbance could be emotional? Taking them to shrink on Fri to sort out emotional issues but I'm battling with sleep deprivation. Any ideas moms? CS - would controlled crying be good or more detrimental at this stage? I know they miss dad.
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01 Jan 0001

Isn't it interesting, as if they kids planned it, how they usually drive you dilly one by one, rather than getting it over with at the same time !
The shrink who examines them and gets all the details should be able to be very helpful ( if you don't fall asleep during the session ! ) I'm not sure about the "controlled crying" option. How about trying the cot in your room within sight, option, which might reduce the disruption ? And at that age, the kid might not be reacting so much to his own emotional problem about dad, but to yours --- they often sense when mom is stressed, and respond to that, rather than to their own direct perception of events.
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