OK, I couldn't leave for Christmas with that last post still up! Thanks for all your supportive comments. You're all the best.
I'm happy to say I'm feeling a bit better today. Mind you, I was up last night from 12.30am-2.30am and then again at 3.30 and then again at 6am. Grrr. I'm hoping it's just a phase. Jamie's a great sleeper normally.
I think part of it is that he's all gearing up to walk. Lots of navigating around using the furniture; lots of standing up and balancing all by himself (accompanyed by a very proud "aaaaah" sound, lol!). I predicted a while ago that he'd be walking by Christmas and it looks like I might be pretty close to the mark.
When he goes to bed, he looks like he's fallen asleep and then, at the last minute, just as he's about to go fully to sleep, he pulls himself up to standing and howls. Last night Phil ended up pulling all the cushions off the couch so Jamie and I could sleep together on the floor (can't put him on our bed, he just tries to crawl off). He went straight off to sleep without a whimper, cheeky boy.
I have nothing against controlled crying and we have done it several times in the past, but I can't leave him screaming at 2.30 in the morning. Phil gets too distressed. Not to mention that I run round the house pulling my hair out. Thank goodness for the Child and Youth Health Parent Helpline for restoring some sanity to a sobbing mum.
So, just as I was planning to take a break from online messageboards, Janine announced that the Scrapbook Station messageboard is operational. Yay! What fun. Come and say hi, won't you! And, I'm really rapt to have been asked to teach a few classes for Scrapbook Station early next year. Watch this spot for more news.
Well, there's nothing left to say but "Merry Christmas". I hope you all have a very happy and safe festive period.