I have this book, but haven't read the whole thing. I just want to bang my head against a wall sometimes. My DD - almost 5 months old - is an amazing, sweet, beautiful, loving baby
when she is feeling well/not tired. However, she has always - from day 1 - been incredibly fussy at night (screaming like a BANSHEE), and often during the day as well. She was very colicky the first couple of months + has reflux. I got a small break for about two weeks, until she started teething. The teething has been going on about two months now, with no end in sight. It feels like I spend all.day.long trying to get her to nap or go to bed for the night, and it's a constant struggle.
When I least expect it, she will actually sleep quite a bit, but when I *really* need her to sleep (i.e. I'm exhausted and want to sleep myself, or I have a lot of chores to do, or just want some "me" time), she REFUSES to go to/stay asleep. We co-sleep at night, and sometimes for naps too, but unlike when she was younger, she won't always fall asleep next to me during the daytime even when she's really exhausted. Sometimes she will just scream and fuss, or look around and babble, instead of going to sleep, and I'm lying there next to her about to pass out. Ugh.
This morning I tried to nap with her, but she wouldn't sleep, so I had to put her in the swing fully awake while I passed out in the bedroom (I had the door open to make sure she didn't cry). She eventually passed out in the swing after just sitting there babbling to herself for awhile. I felt awful, but if I didn't get a nap I would have been Crabby Annoyed Resentful Mommy all day long. Tonight she didn't pass out until about 10 minutes ago.
: Sometimes she'll go to bed as early as 9:30pm, but lately she's been staying up later, and later, and LATER, but still getting up at the same time(s).
I run an in-home daycare, so I HAVE to get a fair amount of sleep or I won't be able to function taking care of the other baby I watch in addition to my own.