A WHOLE YEAR of NO SLEEP! I'm at my wits end. I cried for an hour last night trying to get this kid to go back to sleep. I'm sure my crying didn't help, but I was so tired! She woke up at midnight, 1:30, and 3:30. When 4:30 rolled around and she wouldn't go back to sleep, my sweet husband took over and laid down in the guest bed with her and I went back to bed. I fell asleep around 5 and got up at 7.
THAT'S NOT SLEEP! That's a series of naps!!!
Sunshine will be a year old in two weeks. I keep reading these stories of babies who started sleeping through the night at 4 months, or even 7 months. Not my baby. She spent her entire 8th month sleeping all the way through and I thought "Finally!", but it only lasted a month.
I know, you're not "supposed" to feed babies that old in the middle of the night. But let me ask you, when she is screaming and crying and inconsolable and the only thing calming her down is a nice bottle of milk, what am I supposed to do then? So, screw you, pediatricians.
Can anyone give me some little ray of hope to either help Sunshine sleep through the night, or at least to help me cope with her not sleeping? Will she just grow out of it eventually? It's been a whole year since I've had restful sleep. Really, more than that, because I was pregnant all last summer too.
I've asked for advice on this before. I'm asking again, because I can't stand this. (Disclaimer: please don't suggest letting her cry it out. We won't be doing that.)
For the last three nights, I've gone in to her room when she's woken up and done the usual: replace binky, cover with blanket, rub and pat back... usually this is where she protests so fervently that the only choice left is to pick her up, feed her, and rock her.
However, the last three nights, it's stopped with the back rub. She drifts back to sleep, sometimes within less than a minute. Then, she wakes up around 6:30 or so. It's at that point that I pick her up and lay down in the bed with her. She's been letting me sleep in until 8 or 9, too. I mean, she's still waking up three or so times a night, but she's not wanting to be picked up. I think this bad time is on its way out! What do you think?