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Waking up from naps mad!
In the past week or so, my 15 month old son has been fairly regularly waking up from his afternoon nap crying.  The crying seems to go from anger to hurt to tantrums, and back again, and he's inconsolable.  It usually takes a good hour for us to calm him down - he's so upset he'll throw any food o drinks you give him, he kicks and throws himself back on the floor if we set him down, etc etc.  Nothing distracts him. The only consistent thing I can find each afternoon is that it's always when he wakes up between 3 and 5 pm or so.  It's not happening every day. 

I am at a loss as to the reason for it.  I seriously can't tell if he's gassy, if he's teething just at that moment, or if he's had a nightmare, or what!  I'm hoping someone here might have some insight!

I should also mention in the past week, after this all started, he entered the stage of life where he wants something until you give it to him, and then he wants nothing to do with it.  Once you take it away, he wants it again.  And we've been playing that game a lot, but it makes it extra hard to tell if he truly doesn't want something or if he's just trying out his boundaries with me. :)

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silverpoet01 From: silverpoet01 Date: June 3rd, 2007 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I don't know what could be causing that, other than when Sasha is teething, she generally wakes up and cries...but she seems to always settle down (if I could just get her to cut the last four teeth...they've been a pain for like three months now..grr).

As for testing boundries, Sasha is doing that hardcore, and does play the same game that you are describing. She also will want to touch things she's not supposed to and then when I tell her "no" will reach out with one finger and poke them to see what I'll do. Also, she's started the tantrum phase...I really hope that it doesn't run over all the way to two!

cmarie14 From: cmarie14 Date: June 3rd, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I'm so sorry! I know about the touching game -at home he'll stop after a couple time outs, but we were over at a cousin's house yesterday and he would.not.stop. Even after 4 or 5 time outs he was still touching! I suppose it doesn't get any better from here until they are married and settled down. :P
smurfetts_lamb From: smurfetts_lamb Date: June 3rd, 2007 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This is normal for some kids. Spencer does it occasionally as do two of the kids I watch. They all range from 1-2 years.
One way I have figured out is to be there when he wakes up. I actually make a bed on the floor for him in the room I am in. He gets set on the floor bed once asleep. I shush him whenever he stirs and make sure he sees me as soon as he wakes. This usually cuts down the crying and anger by about 50%.

Gabe right also be acting up due to all the major changes going on. He does not understand. I hope you have sat him down and explained the move to him. Also see if you can get him to help you as you pack. Spencer has started helping me with things. If I am sorting laundry he sorts too. If I clean he cleans too. With so much going on right now Gabe might be thinking that he is missing stuff while he naps.

Let me know if these do not work, I will see if I can think of more options.
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