Last night was the worst night I've experienced in my history of parenting. Staley has been sick over the past week and has had a few restless nights of sleep and poor napping. Yesterday she didn't nap at all, so we decided that an early bedtime was necessary. Adelie also spent most of the day yesterday awake, so we figured that we'd all be in bed early for a good night's sleep. Boy, were we wrong!
Staley went down without a fuss at 7:30 and fell right asleep. Adelie ate at 7:30. Zach and I settled on the couch for some NFL draft coverage. Adelie decided that she didn't want to go to sleep after eating, but instead started to fuss. Zach took her in the office to use some music and dancing to try to induce sleep. A few minutes later, Staley began crying upstairs. I went to check on her, and she was inconsolable. She wasn't talking or answering questions, but was rolling around on her bed and crying. I tried talking to her, asking what was wrong, offering her a drink, holding her, rocking her, lying with her, checking her temperature. After 15 minutes with no luck in calming her down, I went downstairs to find Zach. He was holding a fussy baby who just wanted to eat. We traded kids.
Adelie remained awake until about 10:00, fussing and eating about every 45 minutes. Staley was awake until 10:30, finally requiring cuddling on the couch for a Dora episode to calm her down. Adelie then slept for a rare 6 straight hours. Unfortunately, as our infant daughter let us sleep, our 2 year old daughter didn't. Staley went to sleep again around 10:30 after watching Dora, but awakened every 30-40 minutes throughout the night, crying. We could generally calm her down and get her back to sleep in about 5 minutes, but her sleep came in short, fitful bursts. She could never tell us what was wrong. Finally, at 4:00 a.m., we decided to give Staley some Ibuprofin. Staley then fell asleep and slept until 7.
Rocked by the rough night of awakening to one sad, sad little girl and not being able to determine the cause of her sadness, I called the doctor first thing this morning. The verdict? Double ear infections. Very bad double ear infections. The kind of ear infections that would cause enough pain to awaken a child continuously throughout the night. And although I don't want Staley to have this, I was relieved that there was a reason for Staley's rough night that has an easy fix. And now my sick little girl and my awake-all-day-yesterday infant girl are both napping soundly. I think I'm going to join them.