Please forgive me, this may be long.
My DD's sleep has been making me tired, cranky and not my usual easy-going self. I desperately need something to change.
My DD was a pretty great sleeper in the beginning. She would wake every 2 hours to feed, then go right back to sleep in her crib. By 2 months she was sleeping 5-8 hours straight. Then at 4 months, things changed. She stopped sleeping, progressivley stopped napping as well and things got worse and worse. She wouldn't go to sleep for anything and would be up until we went to bed.I've been stuggling for 5 months to figure out a "solution."
I tried bringing her into our bed and that improved our situation for about 2 weeks. At first she slept really well...then progressively got worse and worse. Now she will not sleep in bed with us. She is on and off my breasts constantly. She whines, kicks, screams, cries, rolls, hits and rarely sleeps in bed with us now. I probably get less sleep with her in bed with us.
About a month ago I finally had enough and began getting her into a bed time routine. It was a bit of a fight at first, but she now pretty easily goes to bed by 6:30-7:00.
So that is a bit of a relief. Now I get a couple of hours to myself in the evenings. This is the best time she sleeps. She usually will sleep from 7- 10 and then wakes up (this is usually shortly after I go to bed :( ).
At first she was doing great with the new sleep schedule. She'd only wake 2-3 times per night and I could deal with that. But again, things started to progressively get worse again. Every night, she sleeps less and less. Last night, this was her sleep schedule:
6:45- in her crib, asleep.
7:15 - awake. Needed to nurse her to sleep.
8:00 - awake again. Nursed her to sleep.
10:45 - awake again. Nursed her to sleep.
12:00 awake - nursed.
1:45 - awake. nursed.
2:15 - awake. nursed.
2:30 - awake. nursed.
2:45 - awake. nursed ...would NOT go back in her crib, so I brought her to bed with us.
I was awake until 3:45am in bed as she wouldn't sleep, nursed on and off. Whined, cried, fussed.
Then she was up at 6 am for the day.
I'm exhausted. I'm losing my temper with our dog and yelling at him (which I never do).
Even my DD is cranky, fussy and clingy all day.
I don't know what to do. I know she is nursing for comfort, but I don't know how to remedy this. She has a hard time "self soothing" as when she wakes up, she sits up or stands up in her crib and screams until I nurse her.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I can deal with a lot, but I'm having such a hard time with this.