DS was never a good sleeper but I could usually get a couple 2-3 hours stretch out of him. Now for the past few weeks it's just horrific!!! He is up every 15 minutes... No sooner do I get him back to sleep then he is rolling around crying and climbing on me & DH. I am at my wit's end, I NEED SLEEP!! DH will get up maybe once a night every few nights to help but it doesn't really help (DS is VERY attached to me and screams when DH picks him up) so it's all me. I work full-time from home so not only do I need to be up & working by 8am but I am also watching him by myself and during the day he is very high maintenance (whines non-stop & needs constant interaction) which is very draining to me. Plus I have some insomnia so every time he wakes up it takes ME longer & longer to fall back to sleep... and I can't ever fall asleep before 10-11pm. I really don't know what to do. DH keeps saying, "maybe we should try the 'put him in the crib & let him cry' thing" which REALLY annoys me... to me that's no more an option than giving him tranquilizers or something! I have tried cuddling him closer. I've tried dragging another mattress next to ours so he can have more space to himself. I try nursing him but he is not hungry, sometimes he'll comfort suck but the second I delatch him he wakes up & won't latch back on, just cries. I do think a paci would help but the idea of it sickens me, I'd need some evidence that it would work and I'm still not convinced it's a good idea. I try rocking him, try playing the musical seahorse... NOTHING WORKS. He just whines, whines, and cries. I have even tried letting him fuss for a few minutes to see if he'll resettle himself but he just cries harder. I don't know what to do. I can't do this anymore!!!! He might be teething a bit but I don't sense that it's causing this. He isn't hungry, he seems to be warm enough, he doesn't even wake up while he's crying, he just rolls around & crawls with his eyes closed (weird because he rarely crawls or rolls when he's awake, he is learning to walk & never liked being on his belly)... I try burping him but he arches his back and twists out of my arms. He won't take a teether but he will let us rub his gums a bit with his rubber brush... I just don't know. I feel like this is not normal for his sleep to have gotten this bad but I have no idea what to do about it. During the day he will take several naps of 30-60 minutes each (sometimes a bit longer too but I have to nurse him back down once or twice)... He is just about 9 months old and sleeping worse than a newborn. HELP HELP HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10/28/09 at 10:01am