Toddler Sleep Battles

As I type this after another week of getting 2-3 hours of sleep I feel shakey, anxious, and have a twitching eye, so I did some research and what I found is lack of sleep is dangerous.  Repeated lack of sleep causes a whole gammit of medical issue's not to mention the foggy brain syndrome which can cause everything from forgetfulness to short reaction time while driving, to being more predisposed to illness.  So, basically I feel terrible.  Last night my husband and I lay in bed baffled by the recurrent sleep issue's we have had since our eldest was born.  She has always woken up, well with the exception of maybe 2 months of her life she rarely stays asleep.  I thought we were growing out of this phase after the wakes up improved a few months ago and then we entered a nightmare phase and "I don't want to go to sleep."  After chasing 2 of them all day when 8pm comes around I am wiped out and usually getting pretty impatient.  So we tried walking her back to her room repeatedly, we tried being nice and patient, we finally had to close the door to which she started kicking it and screaming but within 5 minutes  she went to bed. Of course we opened it right after she was snoozing but the guilt I feel for not being able to fix what is wrong or for having to be the bad guy when part of me says "maybe I should sleep in her bed". I tried that once and for weeks she was expecting it!  I am at a loss, we tried the chore chart and put stickers for every night she went to sleep without fussing  but that even stopped working, we have 2 night lights in the room, I have looked under the beds with her to ease her fear but I am ready for this phase to be over because it is hard to take care of others when you feel terrible yourself.  Email me if you've been here


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