We have a 2.5-year-old child. Our toddler was colic for the first 6 months, then slept like a champ - seeming to make up for his past indiscretions as an infant ;)
At 2 we transitioned him to a "big boy" bed by taking a wall off of his crib. He presented no issues, didn't even get out of bed at night. All good stuff.
At 2.5 we have brought a baby sister home. The acting out started the moment we got home due to us being away for several days. It has steadily increased for a few weeks and has now become part of bedtime. He now fully screams, at the top of his lungs, for 2 hours. He gets out of bed, opens his door (which is gated) and screams for us. His timing used to be 6:30 to 7pm for bed. Now it's between 9 and 10 with endless screaming. The icing on the cake is he's waking up several times through the night requiring attention to be soothed... And now wakes up at between 3:45 and 5am.
We have tried taking him back to bed constantly (over 75 times), laying on his floor, tried putting him to sleep by soothing him at his bedside, yelled back, etc.
Patience is at a premium and we are exhausted from the baby, and now he's more affecting our (my) sleep than the baby.
I've spent hours reading resources online and so far we have yet to find anything that has positive effect on this predicament. Any help or recommendation?