I've put off writing about this for quite a while, mostly because I was hoping that the problem would resolve itself and would no longer be something to write about, but since nothing seems to be changing, I figured I'd put it out there and see if anyone has any advice for me.
The problem is that Annika is no longer dry at night. In fact she's been wet almost every night since September. Some of you may remember this post from the beginning of August last year, when we were just getting ready to start putting her to bed without a Pull-Up. She had been either dry at night or waking up to pee for about 2 months at that point. And before that, she was wet maybe once or twice a week. So, we took the plunge, put an extra layer of sheets/waterproof protection on her bed (so we could quickly strip it in the middle of the night, if necessary), and she slept quite successfully without a Pull-Up for a few weeks. Then September came. She got sick (just a cold) at the beginning of the month, and after a night with 2 accidents, I decided to put her back in a Pull-Up until she was feeling better. She also started preschool in September, a major change for her, but one that she seemed to adapt to quite well.
We planned to get rid of the Pull-Ups after her sickness passed, however, Carey and I were also planning to go away for a few days at the end of the month, and the kids would be staying with their grandparents, so we kept her in Pull-Ups until after we came back, so the grandparents wouldn't have to worry about wet sheets (and it wouldn't be a big deal about having to wear a Pull-Up at Grandma and Grandpa's house). I figured after we all got settled back at home, we would make the switch back. Except by then, she was wet almost every night again. She'd have the occasional dry night, but it was the exception, not the rule. And now I can't even remember the last time she was dry at night. It's probably been at least a month or more. Nothing has changed in her routine otherwise (she doesn't drink much after supper, and goes pee before going to bed; no other big "life" changes).
Just a side note - most of you know that we use cloth diapers, so you may be wondering why we buy Pull-Ups for Annika, and don't use cloth trainers. There are several reasons for that. One, she loves the princesses on them. Two, initially I had a hard time finding a cloth trainer that fit well and didn't leak (if anyone can recommend one, let me know). Three, before Emmett came along, I didn't want to worry about washing cloth trainers when I didn't have any other diaper laundry (I guess that excuse is no longer valid, now that I'm washing diapers twice a week :P). I have been thinking about trying cloth trainers again lately, as I'm getting so sick of buying Pull-Ups each month, and I hate the stink of a wet Pull-Up. Anyways, just wanted to address that.
So, now she'll be four in a few months, and she's still wet every night. It feels a bit frustrating, because it seems like such a big step backwards. I'm torn between trying to do something to "help" the situation (should we wake her and try to make her go pee before we go to bed? Should we take her out of the Pull-Ups and let her wet the bed for a few nights?? Is there a different solution???), and just waiting for it to resolve on its own. After all, we didn't do anything the first time around and her body figured it out. Does she just need more time? Anyone have any advice for us??