Our sleep saga with Turtle has not reached a conclusion, unfortunately. The sitting-outside-the-door solution only worked for so long, and now he's gone back to being clingy and needy and so on and so forth. I'm currently sitting in his room, where I've been for the last HOUR. The only good news is that he's finally stopped talking and fussing, so I'm hoping he's on his way to a nice sleep. The nice thing about this late falling-asleep-time is that he sleeps pretty late in the morning. Unfortunately, Tadpole goes to bed right on time like a little sweetheart, and gets up right on time as well. No rest for the weary.
A couple nights ago, when Turtle was protesting and I was still attempting to sit outside his room, I finally got frustrated and angry and let him cry. For over an hour. He SCREAMED. I started really freaking out that he might be scared, and when he started shouting "Mamma, help me, help me" I couldn't take it any more. I ended up lying with him on the futon until he fell asleep. He then woke up at least three more times during the night, and the husband ended up sleeping on the futon (I guess he moved Turtle to his crib at some point).
Two nights ago he said he was afraid of "the truck outside", but I couldn't get him to elaborate. The next morning I asked him about the truck, and he said it was gone, and he's never mentioned it again since. Last night, he cried once during the night (the husband got up), coughed for at least 20 minutes between 4 and 5am, and when the heat came on at 5, it slammed his door shut (I usually leave a towel on the floor to prop the door open to prevent that from happening, but hubby forgot to replace it) and woke me up thoroughly (not Turtle, though, thank heaven). Can I say I am tired?
I am at a total loss, and we're leaving for Italy in 10 days, so I don't think it's worth trying to work things out at this point. We'll just hope things go better in Italy, and for the transition back home again in 2013. I can't believe I only have two more preschool days until we leave - how will I get anything done?!