"Don't go yet, MOM. I want you to stay. NO. NO. NO!" pierced our usually peaceful goodnight. It was 8:30. She was very tired. I was tired. And, there were dishes, laundry, and some lounging I wanted to do before my own bedtime in 30 minutes. I did not want to stay.
He's always slept through the night. Could those be growing pains or restless legs? Could it still be teething? What should we be doing to help this get back to his sleeping through the night. Be confident that this is a stage and that you'll never give him too much love and connection when he wakes at night, so respond immediately and in a way what *feels right.* You connection is exactly what he needs, which is how Special Time helps.
If your child is sick or if you hear a cry that is not "normal" for your child, do not hold yourself back from responding in a way that you love responding to your child and in a way that your child needs and loves.
Follow what your heart and intuition are telling you that your child needs. Do it. You will not ruin sleep forever by doing so!