The sleeping situation that is. In reality - I should say the non-sleeping situation.
Here is a run down of last night's non-sleeping situation:
8:45 pm - I believe Claire is trying to cut 2 more 1 year molars so I give her some ibuprofen in her bed time bottle. I TRY to put teething gel on her gums but she clamps her mouth shut so this is impossible. I attempt this 3 times. Claire drinks her bottle and is sound asleep.
12:47 am - Claire is awake crying in her crib. I go up, rock her back to sleep pretty easily.
1:12 am - Claire is asleep, I am back in bed.
1:30 am - Claire is awake crying in her crib. I fix a small bottle of juice and ibuprofen thinking the other has worn off and her teeth are hurting again. She drinks the 1/2 ounce bottle with medicine. I attempt to put teething gel in again and her mouth is still clamped shut. No success.
1:50 am - Claire is back asleep in her crib.
2:17 am - Claire is awake crying in her crib. We have a discussion that this is unacceptable and it is bed time. I don't rock her this time, but lay her back down and rub her head and back until she is asleep again. I go back to our bed.
2:43 am - Claire is awake again crying in her crib. Trent suggests teething gel and ibuprofen and I explain my previous attempts. I just sit in the bed and watch her a few minutes on the monitor to see if she will go back to sleep. No such luck.
2:50 am - I attempt the teething gel again while Claire is crying thinking I might be able to sneak some in her mouth while it's open. I am partially successful with the majority of the gel smeared all over Claire's face and my hands. I rock Claire and explain again how this is time for sleep and ask her to please explain what is wrong. She does not answer me. This is when I will be really happy when she can talk and tell me what is bothering her. I rock Claire back to sleep. As I leave her room again, I cross my fingers in hopes God is listening for my prayer for sleep.
3:11 am - I am back in our bed for the final time. And we all sleep.
6:00 am - We are up getting ready for work. Claire is sleeping ever-so soundly.
6:45 am - It is time to go leave to take Claire to Granny's. She is sound asleep and is not ready to wake up. I wake her anyway. She greets me with a huge smile, waving her hands and clapping, and a "mama"! I then forgive her for not sleeping, my heart melts, and I forget the fact that we were up for 2 1/2 hours during the night.
So, how do I fix this? I have no idea. This is a typical night for us. We get maybe 1 or 2 nights every week or so that Claire sleeps all night. She is exhausted at bed time so we can't keep her awake any later at night. I am not really into the "cry it out" method even though that may be the solution. I need other solutions. Any suggestions?????
The Scott Family
PS - Claire took her first steps by herself Saturday night! That's the one and only time she has done it but she is so close to walking. I will post videos soon of her pushing her walking toys around!