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Sleep Chronicles…revisited.

 

At 245 am last night, my child woke up.

As usual.

He doesn’t want to talk, he doesn’t want to play.

He wants to eat.

If you don’t feed him IMMEDIATELY, he will make the sign for eat.  He will point to a bottle grunting.  He.will.get.his.milk.

I’m kinda annoyed.

I mean really, he’s gotten much better.  He only wakes up this one time before he wakes up for good at about 630 or 7am.

I’m glad for the improvement.

REALLY.

But damn.  2 am.

In a way, I want to do something about it.  I want to stop him from eating in the middle of the night.  So I can sleep.

But then, that sounds selfish.  I.

I did do the crying it out once back when Pookah was waking up every hour on the hour.  For a week.  When he was about 8 months old.  It worked.  Kinda.  He stopped waking up every hour, and was down to every 3-4.  He then worked himself up to sleeping through the night.

Sigh.

It was a wonderful month.

But then, teething started.  And he hasn’t slept through the night since.

Logically, i understand that until these molars( damn you!) come in, Pookah is not going to sleep through the night.  He is that child.  I told my pediatrician about him not sleeping trhough the night and she smiled sweetly and said,

“He probably won’t do that again until he’s two.”

Two? As in November????????

Aw hell naw!

I don’t think I can last that long.  I’ve been sleep deprived for 2 years now!

I got desperate one night, and tried to let him cry it out.

I won’t tell you how long he cried, but I will say that the child has more staying power than me.  Or CDub.

Sigh.

So it’s like I’m out of options.  I ‘m sure I can probably wean him off of the night bottle, but not the wakings.  Or are the wakings attached to the bottle?  I think I’m going to try to give him water  tonight and see what happens.

I’m scared. LOL!

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    Kita
    March 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Water might do the trick. You put him to bed early though I remember when I put my daughter to bed at 7 she woke up at 1 and thought it was a nap I started to put her to bed a little later and was able to sleep through the night. I don’t know if that will work for you but putting them to bed early sure sounds good to get some things done and have some me time.
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      rosesdaughter
      March 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

      I started putting him to bed later last week. He goes down at 9 pm now. That’s how I got the one wake up time!

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    Babs
    March 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    One word- POTATOES

    I have been carbo loading my baby during the day and it has worked magic. She no longer wakes up hungry. I tried the water thing, it didn’t work.
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      rosesdaughter
      March 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Carb loading…..interesting……

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    krissy
    March 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hey doesn’t have to have milk in the middle of the night really. Is he getting enough to eat during the day? If he goes to bed and he’s not full he’s gonna wake. Jasmine does the same thing. When she wakes up in the middle of the night she gets rocked a little and then back to bed she goes. I stopped with the middle of the night bottle a few months ago. I figured she didn’t need it and fo sure wasn’t hungry at 3 freakin am.
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    Preshus Me
    March 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    The thing that helped us with the night feedings way back in the day was to feed him his last meal late and then bedtime within an hour. We do dinner at 8pm, then a bottle of milk at 9pm that he falls asleep to. He still wakes at night but he’s not hungry, just wants to make sure that mommy or daddy is within reach.
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    Emily
    March 4, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I would try tossing the bottle entirely and only offering him a sippy at night. As I recall he’s not been overly thrilled with the sippy cup, so right now it’s not the milk he wants, he wants the comfort from the bottle he knows he can only have at 2 am. We had to do this with my son, and we went to a sippy cup, then gradually switched it to water in the sippy cup, and then he gave it up entirely, because it really wasn’t what he wanted.

    *Warning* He will cry the first few nights, but if you just keep offering him the sippy and telling him that the “bottle is all gone” he’ll either take the sippy, if he truly needs the milk, or he’ll give up. He’s a very smart cookie this Pookah, and he knows how to pull the puppet strings.

    Good luck mama, I know you need sleep, and boy do I wish there was a magic fairy dust to get it.

    Signed,
    The mother whose almost three year old still comes to her bed and sleeps on her face Every. Single. Night.

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      rosesdaughter
      March 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the advice! And about that three year old still coming to your bed……….I have a feeling that it will be me in 2 years……:)

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