To all you amazing mommies: I am having a dilemma, one which has been prevalent for the last 7+ months. My 10.5 month old still takes about 3 naps a day, usually all around 40-45 mins, sometimes longer (if I'm lucky!) It takes about 30 mins to get him to sleep, so when all is said and done, I have about 25-30 mins to get stuff done while he finishes his nap. He also wakes up around 5+ times a night, and is ready to go at around 6:30 am. We've started putting him to bed earlier, but so far it hasn't really seemed to make a difference. In fact, he woke up at 5:30 this morning ready to go. I feel like most mommies would have ripped their hair out by now. I have tried everything I can think of, but I'm starting to wonder if I'm being too "soft." I'm starting to get pretty fed up with it, but I love my baby, and I HATE cry it out. I need to know that I'm doing the right thing and that it's "normal" to "cater" to your 10.5 month old this way. At this point if he wakes up as I put him down after he's nursed and is asleep, I sometimes start to cry. It's so frustrating to spend 30 mins getting him to sleep every time just to have him wake up when I put him down. Plus the night wakings are taking a toll.
I really don't want to resort to CIO, especially since I've been fighting it the whole time, despite repeated efforts from my husband and in-laws, not to mention other Moms who've told me it's worked. I had had enough at 5 months but refused to do CIO, and it's still a problem at 10.5 months. I know that I might get more sleep, but I just hate the whole idea behind it. When is enough really enough? Am I crazy?