My DD is 2 and lately we've been having some MAJOR sleep issues. After the past two nights I feel like I'm at a breaking point - I'm so exhausted I feel like I can't even function. She refuses to drink milk from a cup so we still give her a bottle to fall asleep at night. For a while she was waking up & we were giving her a bottle during the night to get her back to sleep, but we managed to stop that - & for a while she was sleeping better. Well, she started waking up more, we're both exhausted so we fell into the bottle trap again. Now she started having tantrums in the middle of the night, throwing herself around her crib, and even after trying to give her a bottle she'll fall asleep for a while, but wake up again crying. Dh & I have had it! We all need to sleep! The past few nights were really bad with the tantrums - yesterday I think we only slept for three hours if that! Last night she started it again at 12:30am, so we let her cry it out for 10-15 min. Then we hear this loud "thump!" She fell out of her crib! I almost had a heart attack. I just lost it - I wanted to run away from my house & this 'sleepless' nightmare! Dh got her back to sleep but I was so worried she hit her head or something when she fell out, I couldn't sleep..
I think it's time for a big bed for her (my DS was in one around her age & did well), but I'm also worried that it could backfire & be hours of putting her back in bed. To add to all this stress, Dh is in school & really needs to study since he has exams at the end of this month. So I'm worried the big bed will possibly caused more problems & allow her to climb out & run around the house.
Any tips/support/guidance?? Today I feel like a failure of a mom for losing it in this situation... My son was never this difficult at two so I'm kind of at a loss...!