~~Here we are at almost 10 months and I find myself still holding my son a lot when he falls asleep. He still breastfeeds most of the time to sleep for naps and at nighttime. Once in a while he will fall asleep on his own in the car or when my husband carries him around. But naps have been tricky the last several months. He will fall asleep with me, I will put him down and he either wakes crying right away or he will sleep for 5-10 minutes then wakes crying for me. I feed him some more and he will either go back to sleep with me holding him (if I put him back down he will wake again), or he will stay awake having had a very short nap. And lately he has been either having 2 short naps or only 1 nap a day. Today he napped an hour in the morning, but just would not go down for his afternoon nap. He was so tired but wouldn't sleep. And as bedtime got closer he was so tired but still had a lot of energy and he didn't seem satisfied with the activity he already had, he still wanted to walk and play and do all kinds of things before bed. Took about 2 hours to finally get him to bed! He seems to nap around 10 or 11am each day in the morning, but afternoon is unpredictable (if he naps). That one can be at 3pm, 4pm, even 5pm and that gets close to dinner and bedtime.
Night has been tough, he slept through the night at 3 and 4 months old, I was shocked. And he slept so soundly. But from about 5 months on he wakes easily at night and 2-3 times a night. It is pretty exhausting. Each time he wakes and cries at night I breastfeed him back to sleep, DON'T WANT HIM TO CRY IT OUT AT ANYTIME. He seems to wake like clockwork at 1am and 5am every night and sometimes a third time. I'm not sure if he is hungry or if he just breastfeeds for comfort, since he's gotten used to feeding with me to sleep. Once in a while he will wake just once at night but rarely anymore. And he usually goes to bed for the night around 8pm, but at 9 or 10pm some nights. I feel like we just haven't established a schedule and his sleep is chaotic and all over the place.
I know he was teething for the last several months, he just got 4 teeth in all at once!! And he might be teething more again now. He's also been crawling and now wanting to walk and just explore and learn so much of the world, seems to be developing so fast. He seems frustrated too during the day lately, not sure if lack of sleep or because he seems like he wants more stimulation, he seems like he can't get enough of learning new things. I just find myself exhausted and getting frustrated easily. I worry that my boy is not getting enough sleep and I'm not getting him on a good regular routine for naps in the afternoon. Any advice would be greatly appreciate!