Our 18 month old has been playing mind games with us for a week. He keeps waking up periodically in the night crying. Not shatter glass end of the world come get me immediately crying. Just, you know, hey, I'm sorta upset and I want you to know about it but I don't really need anything I just like to have you on standby in case I change my mind crying. And he only seems to cry long enough to wake me up. By the time I think I should get up and go in there he stops. So then I'm laying there wondering if I should go ahead and check on him. Sometimes I get as far as standing outside his door wondering.
But going in the room is a big step. Or at least it is for our kid. You open that door and he springs upright in the crib. Groggy or not. And he'll expect you to pay attention to him. Don't be trying any of that lame pat the back and tell him to go back to sleep crap you read in some parenting book. Get over yourself. That kid expects to get picked up. And a cup of milk wouldn't hurt either. In fact, why did you even bother going in there without milk? What kind of mother are you? You suck. It's like you don't even love him. To punish you he will now scream for 7 minutes straight for no apparent reason. There. Enjoy.
Is it any wonder I'm glad it's Friday? My goals for this weekend include less random screaming and a hot shower. Sometimes it's okay to aim low.