Friday, February 6, 2009

What is up with my baby?

My sleeping champ has not been so much of a champ for the last day or two. Yesterday he cried when Vicki put him in his crib for a nap, so she had to pick him out and rock him. No big deal, right? Well he awoke from his nap prematurely crying hysterically! Took me the longest time to comfort him. On request, Zakir tucked him in last night, and five minutes later he was crying his heart out. So I picked him up, rocked him for a while and when he asked for his crib I lay him down. As I was turning away he whispered, "Mama, don't weeve!" How could I refuse? So I stood with him for the longest time, stroking his hair and patting his back. Then he asked for one last cuddle from Baba. Zakir went up, then Bilal fell asleep after that. Two hours later he was up, sobbing hysterically again. A repeat of the drill. We rocked in the rocker, and when he was quiet I lay him down. Fifteen minutes later, more crying. Zakir went up, rocked him, and finally he fell asleep and slept all night.

At nap time this afternoon we read books, rocked, and he kept on asking to go downstairs. He actually said "don't wike my crib!" The crib he has slept in so well for ever. The one I wish I could pack with us everywhere we go. He couldn't explain what was wrong in his crib. So I rocked him, and finally lay him down and he cried again. I told him if he lay quietly I would stay in his room for a while. I sat in the rocker and watched him for a while; he seemed fine. As I was leaving he called for me again, but I told him I'd be back in a while. He settled down, and went to sleep.

My dilemma is: nothing has changed in his room or his crib, but all of a sudden something is scaring him, and he can't explain what it is (although his communication skills are pretty good now). My only explanation is that lately his imagination has been running wild. There is a lot of make-belive play in his life right now, maybe he is imagining something scary. I hope this is just a phase. Much as I love those rare times when I get to hold him and comfort him, I don't want him to be scared of something in his imagination.

3 comments:

Tina:0) said...

Maybe he's ready for a toddler bed? Hope he has a better night's sleep soon (as do you:0) )

BTW - there's something for you on Vaeh's blog...

Wendy said...

Mina,

Happy CHD Week to you, too! You're one of my heart mommy friends that has been there since the beginning, and I'm thankful for your friendship and support.

I'm so sorry that Bilal is having a rough time sleeping. You might be right, his imagination may be getting the best of him! I hope you're able to figure something out.

Bilal is getting to be such a big boy! I'm always amazed when I visit your blog and see how much he's grown. What a cutie pie!

Heart Hugs,

Wendy (& Emma, too!)

The Portas said...

Could he have had a bad dream? How strange that it happened so suddenly. I hope he is comforted soon and begins to love his bed again! That is one of the main things that keeps us sane in our house....Elijah's love for his bed!

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