UGH! Right now dh and I dread going to bed. Ds is 1 (almost!) and is working on his molars. I knew that it would suck, as the first 8 teeth did, but man oh man.
Ds will only nap if I hold him. Any attempt to lay him down (which involves both of us laying on the bed, then me gently rolling over and laying him down) ends up with a very unhappy baby or a baby that napped 10 minutes and is wide awake. I end up sitting on the couch holding him while he naps for 2.5 hours at a time. Can you say no life?
You'd think that the whole good nap therefore good bedtime sleep would apply after such long naps in mamas arms, but no. He will sleep in my arms after falling asleep, but not in my arms in bed. All night is spent every 1/2 hour to hour and a half with him moaning, crying, nearly crawling off the bed in his sleep, and me shushing him, trying to nurse him (which used to put him back to sleep but now he will nurse for 15 minutes, pop off and continue moaning), patting his back, holding him, and usually a couple times a night getting up with him (which is really hard to do when you are exhausted and the mattress is on the floor!) and pacing around the living room until he falls back asleep.
As an infant, he slept 5-7 hours in a row! How I long for those days! And I get crap from my family because he is sleeping with us - "if you had him in the other room then you wouldn't respond to his every moan, maybe he will just go back to sleep". But I do ignore him sometimes, and usually the moaning escelates to crying. Why not try to stop it when it first starts then? And if I can't lay him down gently next to me in bed, how in the heck am I supposed to lay him down in the crib, which is now lowered and impossible to lay a baby into without dropping him a couple inches because I am too short to even reach it!
And I can't seem to releive his teething - tylenol helps (which I try to give in moderation - I checked out an older edition of the Sears' Baby Book from the library and he seemed to thing that tylenol is pretty harmless, even suggested giving a double dose.
: ) Anyway, homeopathic teething remedies don't seem to help at all, which is really frustrating, and it is impossible to put baby orajel anywhere near his mouth.
Dh and I are both exhausted and cranky because of it. I can't convince him to sleep occasionally in the other room to get a full nights sleep. Usually if he tries to carry ds, ds cries harder. Great.
Thanks for letting me get this out.