Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Waiting for Calgon to take me away.
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Good morning, MDCers. After nearly two months of horrible restless sleep, I am actually considering CIO.
Let me start off by saying I am an extremely light sleeper. Any sort of movement at all wakes me instantaneously. For the past two months, my 8 month old DS has been extremely restless at night. I mean, every half hour or so he's fussing, crying, wiggling, sitting up, whining, beating me in the face, scratching my breast... all night long. I've tried Tylenol and Motrin for teething, long lavender baths before bed, cutting out sugar and caffeine...
I co-slept with my DD, who's now three, until my second trimester with DS. I moved her to my DH's futon upstairs, and they sleep together now. The same thing happened with her: I regretted the family bed after battling PPD, bipolar, and serious sleep deprivation all rolled into one. NOT fun. Now it's starting all over again. I told DH that I wanted to get DS used to the crib from the beginning, and he convinced me that as a newborn, it was safer for DS to sleep with me. I know that's true, but I also know from experience that once it becomes habit, I'm S.O.L.! So now I can't even put him down when he's sleeping. If I move or twitch, he wakes up, and vice versa. And he cannot go to sleep without boob, or stay asleep without being latched on.
My PPD and bipolar are raging again from lack of sleep. HELP!!!!