Mommy Musings: Crying Toddler

Blake is extra clingy these days. One, she now knows that mommy and daddy are not at home most of the time  and two, she has colds. 

Because she’s left with the nanny most of the time, she would jump at mommy and daddy as soon as we arrive. And she would not let go! She will fight sleep with all her might just to have more time with daddy. 

Baby daddy and I don’t have the same work hours. He reaches home by 4 pm while I stay in the office till 6 pm (sometimes waaaaayyy past that). Most of the time I arrive by 7 pm. Everybody has finished dinner and Blake is so tired already and ready to crash. 

This is a problem for me coz I come home to a cranky baby. She would demand boob time immediately then fall asleep. That would be OK if she would continue sleeping through the night. But noooo!! She has other plans. She would wake up after an hour and start playing again. arrgh! By this time, I am already drained. I just want to sleep. 🙁

Crying Toddler

Last night was particularly challenging because of Blake’s clogged nose. She was probably having a really hard time and she also wants to play. But mommy has no more energy! Blake started crying. She doesn’t want to be carried, and she doesn’t want to be put down. 

What do I do?!! 

I placed her on the bed and pretended to not hear her cry. My heart was breaking the whole time. I am not in favor of crying it out method (CIO) but I didn’t know what else to do. I just let her cry out her frustrations and when she was ready, she crawled back to me and nursed. Then went to sleep. But this was already 12 midnight and I have to be at work in 9 hours. 🙁

This is how she sleeps. Yep! I’m the bed

As I was watching my baby fall asleep, I was thinking … “did I just abandon her? Let her sort out her feelings alone?” 
What else could I have done? Is there a better way of handling this?

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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  • TK

    You know what’s best of course, but I recommend reading Elizabeth Pantley’s ‘No Cry Sleep Solution’. Visit her website or FB page for details.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM Reply
  • Sheila Sheila


    April 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM Reply
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