Evan has been sick for the last week with some type of cough/congestion thing. On Saturday, I called the doctor to see if there was anything I should be worrying about. They said no, but did tell us to give him Benadryl and Mucinex every 4 hours. Last night was the first night giving him Benadryl, and I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but it was horrible!
We put him down at 7:30 as usu, but I made a big mistake in changing the routine. The nurse had said to offer him water at night because that's when they get the most dry if they're coughing. So, we gave him a drink from his sippy cup before laying him down. He was NOT happy when we took it away and we finally had to lay him down in a fit.
Evan rarely cries for any length of time at bedtime, but he basically wailed with little reprieve from 7:30 - 10:00. We'd go in every 10-15 min or so and comfort him, but nothing worked. The only time he would stop crying was if we were holding him. We even brought him into our room thinking we could cuddle him to sleep, but he HATED that idea (good to know.)
We could tell he was so uncomfortable. He'd fall asleep and then within minutes he'd be awake again and crying. When we laid him down he'd twist and turn and eventually start kicking his legs straight tantrum style.
I thought maybe he was thirsty, so I was going to let him sleep with his sippy cup, but that only worked for about 5 minutes. Around 10:00, I laid on the floor next to him and patted his back until he fell asleep. At that point we thought we were in the clear so we went to bed too, but at 11:30 he woke up again. Jeff went in and tried comforting him, but when that didn't work, he gave him some Motrin and rocked him back to sleep.
This morning he woke up extra grumpy (I wonder why,) but now he's back to normal. What happened last night? Anyone have any insight, or tips for next time? I know he didn't feel well and because of that we were a lot less "tough love" than usual - but nothing seemed to work!
Edited to add...looks like it might have been ear related. Oops - We didn't even think about that!