We came home from our first dentist appointment right about naptime. I decided to give DS a bit of wind down time so that nap would go a little easier. After a nice cup of milk and a little TV, I started the nap routine as always:
Lay Down - Blanket On - Close Eyes - Music On - Close Door
Out of the bed....messing with CD player
'Lay down, No-no playing CD player. What # do you want?'
'I want nummer 3.'
'Ok. I'll turn on #3. Lay down. Do not get back up.'
*crying* 'nummer 53, nummer 53...'
turned it to 53
*sobbing* 'nummer 00, nummer 00'
opened CD player so it would display 00
I could keep going, but the basic gist is that he wanted me to do what he had been doing or else he would not be satisfied. His pattern is to lay down, listen to the song, get up when it changes, look at the number, lay back down, listen, get up when it changes...etc.. so on.....
This must have been how/why he memorized them all.
So, I moved the CD player to where he could see the numbers from where he was laying - thinking that maybe this would resolve the getting out of bed peice. Nope. This is the pattern, that's what he wants to do. It just gave him easier access.
So, I took the CD player away. And he goes hysterical.
As a mom of a 2 year old - I realize that I am pretty much always in a place to do something wrong no matter what decision I make. But this particular day I decided that maybe he was trying to manipulate me to stick around and I ignored him for a bit.
That didn't work either. He got more upset, crying so hard he sounded like he might get sick.
So, It was over. I got him out. Consoled him. We checked the mail together, and I put on Curious George. 45 min's later, I found him curled up asleep in the chair.
This is just what a 2 year old does. I've heard the stories of many other 2 year olds 'I want the pink blanket, no the yellow one, no the one with abc's, no blanket, etc...' but the sheer obsession with the routine he developed was I think the real disturbance and reason he could not be settled.
Poor little guy.