Ok mamas, DS has got me tied into so many knots about sleeping, I don't even know where to start.
He has very little routine. I thought he'd develop one if I just worked with his cues, but he's almost 9 months and still pretty unpredictable. Sometimes I can't get him to sleep no matter how tired he is. Sometimes he takes 3 short naps her day; sometimes he naps for 10 minutes in the morning and 3 h ours in the afternoon. His wake-up time in the morning is anywhere from 5:30 to 7. At night he's usually cranky and sleepy by 6, but nursing him to sleep is a nightly 2-hour affair.
He only usually naps for 45 minutes, max. Sometimes less. Then once every other week he'll randomly have a 2- or 3-hour nap (usually at the least convenient time).
He only falls asleep nursing or in the car during the day, which would be ok, except that he actually doesn't have a huge drive to nurse like my DD did. Sometimes he'll fill up his tummy and not want to nurse anymore, but he'll be really tired and not asleep. Back when he slept in the swing, I could often put him in the swing if he was like this and he'd go to sleep. But he's too big for the swing (age-wise and also physically!).
He is very distractable (normal for his age, I know) and thinks he's some awesome nursing acrobat. I can't nurse him in the rocker anymore because he spends all the time trying to flip himself off my lap. On the bed, he wants to roll onto his belly and get up on his hands and knees to nurse, only as soon as he gets latched on,t hen he wants to collapse and relax... only he can't have it both ways. He has tried every conceivable nursing position. If I try to force him to lay still when he's antsy, he arches his back and writhes around and turns red in the face and either cries pitifully or sceams, "Mom-mom-mom-mom!!" at me, like I'm torturing him.
He doesn't sleep in public, so putting him in a baby carrier or a stroller does no good.
He seems to do his best to only sleep when my DD is awake, and to be awake during her entire nap.
He is, at this very moment, sitting in the crib squealing at his toes, wide awake. We started bedtime and hour and forty-five minutes ago, and he was asleep twice, and twice he woke up. I tried to nurse him a third time and he was having NONE of that, he only wanted to flip over and roll off the bed.
I'm sleep deprived, I never get half the stuff that needs doing done, the house is a mess, and I'm lucky to get 20 minutes to myself most days. I seriously spend half the day trying to get him to sleep and I am at my wit's end.
Erin, mom to DD (1/06) and DS (10/09)