I am resorting to putting this out in bloggy land in hopes that someone brilliant will have an idea for me....I desperately need a full nights sleep. I cannot believe it, but J is waking up again through the night. At this point I have no clue what is going on with him...is it his ears?..the teeth?..hungry? The later, I am pretty sure, is not the right answer. (But is it?) He does weigh over 18 pounds and is 6 months old...I'm no expert, but I'm thinking he could at least do the 12 hour at night deal, right? I am questioning myself about everything at this point.
Last night he went to bed around 8 pm and slept peacefully until 2 am. From 2 am to 5:30 am it was non-stop....patting his back, giving him a pacifier, rocking him...all the while he is screaming crying (not fussy cry...screaming). I tried to let him cry it out but after a long time, he was still crying this way..no letting up. I would lay him back down and briefly he would drift off, but then as soon as I was snug back in my warm bed, he would start the crying again. Until, knowing I probably shouldn't, I resorted to just giving him a bottle at 5:30 am. He looked like a baby bird trying to get that bottle in his mouth, desperate for that bottle, wide open mouth. He finished the bottle quickly and I put him back in his bed and he slept great until around 8:30 this morning.
Here's the deal, I give him his last bottle at 8 pm and put him down...AWAKE. He puts himself to sleep. At naptime, he doesn't get a bottle before he lays down and again, he puts himself to sleep (sometimes he might fuss for a few minutes, but then he is off to sweet slumber). I say all this to inform you that I am not aware of any bad habits or props that he uses to fall asleep. So why is he doing this still?
For a while, I tried to look at it with a positive attitude, thinking "Aww, it's just a chance for me to cuddle with my sweet boy." I'm sad to say, I can't really find that attitude anymore. I am exhausted. I am desperate. This is the time for all those people who read my blog to please comment and tell me what to do. What am I doing wrong?
I Need Sleep. Brain is not functioning at it's full capacity. (I don't need any wise-cracks about that comment, T!)