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Absolutely well written rant!
about the potty and not wanting to sleep, tell her the story about "the boy who cried wolf".
Next time she wants the potty and you suspect it being false alarm again just ask her if she is calling wolf.
@Codex404 When she gets into this state, she's not receptive to it at all.
She's actually gone to sleep now, with a combination of white noise and a night light.
She's only 20 months old, so trying to reason with her isn't the most workable option. She's got amazing language skills for a child her age, but I suspect the issue isn't to do with the potty at all.
Last night, she spent several hours in a state of absolute misery which I think was caused by a nightmare. She was crying for the potty as it meant she was able to get out of bed.
That's what makes it all the worse - I'm pretty certain she's frightened of having a bad dream, but doesn't know how to tell us as she hasn't got the right words to describe it.
@oudalally are you working with a close deadline? Otherwise I would say to take your rest as well. If she is sleeping you might be able to put her in the same room where dad is working, that way she is safe when she wakes up.
Im gonna be an uncle in two months, and have some experience with little children. But im still a bit scared
@Codex404 I need this key point signed off by tomorrow morning as I'm demoing the current state of the application tomorrow, so sadly I need to keep going.
Unfortunately, there's not much I can do at this stage to calm her.
My wife is being quite frankly superhuman in her patience with it all!
monkeyboy717dSo... exactly like working in an open concept office?
And off she goes again. This is going to be an incredibly long night :(
Root332546dMy condolences. I know exactly what this is like. Baby crying and whining also gives me a headache, and I have no office or other quiet places to work at home.
@Root The thing is, I'm very aware that this is a phase, and it will pass.
It's just very difficult to function when you're so sleep deprived.
Thankfully, I don't need to drive today.
She started again at 4:50 this morning and I went in to talk to her. She stopped crying, I sat on the floor and pointed out that I was very tired, Mummy was very tired, and we needed to sleep.
She asked to get out of the cot, I told her that she couldn't, she didn't need the potty, and that she had to go to sleep.
She then told me she was happy, but it was quite evident that she wasn't.
When she started to whimper again, I tried to point out in a firm voice that she had to go to sleep and stop crying, and that I was going back to bed.
She whinged for about 5 minutes when I left the room, then went back to sleep.
She's been like this when she's had a significant developmental milestone in the past (learning to crawl, first word etc). It's probably just that.
Root332546d@oudalally I've noticed that as well. My monster is always worse right before/during "gaining a talent point" 😅. He also eats a lot more.
Knowing the awful things are normal really does help. Even the terrible things like not listening, abysmal pronunciations, and shoving, or the horrible heartburn/nausea, not being able to pee, legs separating, etc. from pregnancy.
But we'll get through it.
And it'll all be more than worth it.
Edit: I wrote this while listening to "yay! It's a wight." Ad nauseam. While my monster was -- very loudly -- playing with the hotel room's phone. Pardon any poor wording!
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