Poor DS is almost 8 months and cutting two teeth and experiencing what I think is separation anxiety. He sleeps in a crib at the beginning of the night and for naps and getting him to sleep at any time of day has become very difficult. Once the fun and distraction stops and we transition to quiet and dark, he can only nurse for a short time without pulling off and crying. He is hungry, but refuses nursing. When he looks almost asleep (after being off and on nursing), I put him down and start to pat and rub and he cries so hard! I pick him up, repeat, repeat, repeat. This lasts for about a half hour and at times I can only hold and walk him while he screams. I feel so bad for him. He seems to be in a lot of pain or just extremely upset. Nursing has rarely led to actually sleeping for almost a week and instead there are a lot of tears and a frustrated mama.
I have been trying to give him a little Motrin, but he really hates it so I'd rather not force it. Orajel seems to do very little for him. I know he is often overtired, which may make it worse.
Any ideas? It's so hard!