Dear god, we just CANT go back to the bad old days of me doing all the nighttime parenting!
Please please let me know... anything. What you think I should do to manage the nights, preserve some version of getting sleep, understand this stage, anything at all would help.
I was getting sicker and sicker from the sleep deprivation, and I'm only now just getting some resources back to be well again. We had a great experience with nightweaning, and son and husband were happy to sleep together snuggling while I went off to a spare bed. Son's frequency of sttn was getting more and more, everything was so good. Setup was to put son to sleep in his little bed next to the big bed, and he'd crawl in for daddy snuggles on occasion, but often spend all night in his little bed.
But for the past 3 nights, he's woken in deep weeping hiccuping misery begging for mama. I go to him, and he's mostly agreeable to snuggling and for the rest of the night will sleep fine if I stay glued to him, with occasional reminders that milk is in the morning, nighttime is for snuggles.
Complicating our thoughts on how to handle this without backsliding is that we plan to all get in our van and drive xcountry in about a month. So learning how to all sleep in one bed again is a good preparation, but this morning I am so trashed, can't focus, and I remember how miserable I was with exhaustion before. It's not as bad as nursing all night, but it's still too hard for it to be sustainable.
WHAT'S GOING ON??? Not sick, no changes in our rhythm or surroundings (yet) so it must be developmental, right? Lately he is lots more elastic about being away from me in a store or park, but also more attached to me when I try to leave the house, though happy after I'm gone.
Has this happened to you? What do I do? Panicking!
Mom of one child (2008), wife of one husband, tender of dogs, cats and chickens. Household interests: ocean life (kid), bitcoins (husband), simplifying (me).