For the past 3 weeks Lila hasn't been able to take a nap after she finished physical therapy. The first week I was extremely frustrated- I thought she was just fighting sleep- which she has an unbelievable ability to do. Last week I started thinking that she might be over-stimulated and this week I'm convinced of it. Today it really seemed like she wanted to go to sleep but she just couldn't. I rocked her for a long time and she was being still. (Normally when she's fighting sleep she moves around and tries to keep herself awake.) At one point she even said, "Me cry." I said "No, Lila, you're ok, you're not going to cry." She kept saying "Me cry" and then finally she said, " It's ok, Lila, it's ok". It's very odd behavior for her. She has never once before said that she was going to cry. After I held her for almost an hour I put her in her crib to see if she would fall asleep on her own. (We normally don't do this because every single time we put her in her crib when she's still awake she gets naked.) Today she laid there for almost 30 minutes, tossing and turning. Then she started crying. By this time it was too late in the day for her to take a nap so I just brought her back downstairs with me. She was Miss Crankypants, of course, because she was so tired.
Anyone have a similar experience? It seems like time takes care of it- her appointment was from 1:00-2:00 and by 4:45 she probably could have gone to sleep but there was no point in that. Any opinions/suggestions are welcome. We can't keep this up. She's the Meltdown Queen from 2:30 until she goes to bed. Dinner is a nightmare because she's practically sleep-eating. The simple answer would be to change Lila's therapy to morning appointments but the wait list at our therapy center was at 65 the last time I checked. Maybe some type of soothing/relaxation techniques? I have e-mailed our OT and am waiting to hear back from her.