DS1 was the worst sleeper in history. When I was pregnant this time, I just knew this baby would be a better sleeper. Who gets a HORRIBLE sleeper twice?
Well, Will isn't a great sleeper, and he is so gassy it makes it hard for him to relax at all at night. Jeb (DS1) nursed all night which was hard as hell, but we could nurse laying down. Will is so gassy I have to sit up to make sure he isn't swallowing too much air, and I have to burp him 2 or 3 times/feeding to help decrease the gas. So, each feeding takes 20-30 min of sitting up, and usually more time to re-settle him. And he wants to eat every 2 hours. So, sleep happens in 1.5 hour blocks, with being UP for 30-45 minutes in between. Last night I had to bounce/walk/shush him from 2am-6am because he was having such gas issues. I've cut out dairy and tomatoes. I give him mylecon and gripe water with almost every feed. I don't know what else to do.
He's 5.5 weeks old, and the sleep deprivation is catching up with me. I'm having a really hard time managing the 3 year old on this amount of sleep.
Girls, I am close to wanting to stop nursing! I nursed DS1 for over 2 years. But I just can't do this level of sleep deprivation again. I slept in 2 hour blocks for a year with DS1, but I didn't have another kid to take care of. I don't know if I can do that again. I wouldn't even consider giving up nursing if I knew Will was going to sleep in 3 or 4 hour blocks. I know formula doesn't make kids sleep longer, but at least DH could do more. I could pass Will off for most of a night if it were just a matter of bottles!
I can't believe I'm even saying these things, but I'm getting to that desperate place. WHY can't my babies just sleep 4 hours??!!!