xpost in Breastfeeding...I have been avoiding posting this because part of me feels like this is just par for the course & that we are too far gone...we breastfeed exclusively, she wouldn't take a paci, always nurse to sleep, co-sleep, AP...what did I expect? But hundreds of families are doing the same things & they can't be up all night, EVERY night. I would recognize other zombie Mama's walking around the grocery store? Wouldn't I?
DD2 is almost 16 mos & she had one period around 5 mos where she slept 5 hours. It lasted a couple weeks & that was it. Never again. She basically sleeps about an hour, maybe 2 before waking up crying. Then only nursing works & I have to try & delatch her several times before she is back to sleep deep enough to let me. From 5am till 7am, she is a nightmare. Only wants to be latched on, screams until I let her, and will wake every 30 mins to do it again. Right now though-she is still sleeping. She finally went back into a deep sleep at 7:30 (right before I had to get up for the 20 mos old I watch at our house all day) & hasn't made a peep since.
She doesn't nap well either. There are days I end up not being able to get her down at all. But if I do, she rarely naps longer than an hour. Unless we are in the car. She ALWAYS sleeps well in the car.
I try comforting her, rubbing her back, singing etc but she SCREAMS until I let her nurse. She has actually started getting a little rough & will kind of hit me if I am trying to comfort her any way beside my breast.
During the day she is typically happy, fun, playful, eats a ton of food etc. Sometimes, she does have dark circles under her eyes though.
DD1 also always had to nurse to sleep but she would go 2-3 hours, and by the time she was 18 mos, was finally going 4ish. DD2 has had a much tougher time with teeth, walked a couple months earlier than DD1 & in general, is a much more active toddler. She is a risk taker, climber, busy, little one.
She also refused a bottle from the get go, refused a paci, just finally started drinking out of a sippy cup...I couldn't leave her with anyone, even DH, until recently. And a couple weeks ago, I slept over a friends for the 1st time ever since having kids & she slept most of the night for DH. She did have to be up against him, but she slept.
Is this a case of a baby who needs to be nightweaned? I don't even know where to begin, but I know this isn't good for her & it isn't good for me.