Hi, all! I'm a lurker from the DDC who never posted much, but I've appreciated the resource that you all are.
I'm feeling really beat down today, because I CANNOT MAKE MY BABY SLEEP! I take it really personally, I know, but I just need some support, ideas, objectivity here. I honestly cannot tell if there's something really WRONG that I need to fix, or if this is just typical 5 month old baby behavior.
It's gotten progressively worse. Since she was 3 months old, she's been waking up every 2 hours and won't go back down without nursing. This includes the first part of the night, right after bedtime. And now, for the last couple of weeks, she just will NOT stay asleep. We put her down at 7, because she's so tired and fussy at that point, it's necessary. (She doesn't nap during the day more than a few 30 min. cat naps) Without fail, she's awake every 45 min. until I go bed around 10, and then every 2 hours after that until about 7.
Recently, I've been trying a suggestion from The No-Cry Sleep Solution to try and get her to fall asleep without the pacifier. We've made a LITTLE headway in accomplishing that, but it's had no effect on helping her to stay asleep. And she still insists on nursing. If I don't nurse her every time she wakes up, she get more and more upset until it's completely pointless.
HELP! I am at the end of my rope.
What am I doing wrong? Is there something I'm missing? Any ideas?
Thanks so much!