We're going on 11 months of no sleep...Please help... DH and I haven't slept more than a 2 hour stretch since he was born (and that has only happened a few times).
DS wakes up every 30 minutes-1 hour all night long and has since he got out of the newborn 'sleep all the time' phase. His nightwaking has not changed whether he's teething or not.
He often wakes for the day between 4-6am. I usually stay up with him nursing constantly in the rocker until then (he won't nurse with me lying down), and then DH gets up with him for the day and I get a couple of hours of sleep. DS usually wakes up at that time with lots of gas and needing to poop. Is there anything we can do to help him poop sometime other than 4am???
We've tried everything: elimination diets, bedtime routines, different sleep times, different sleeping arrangements, some solid foods, a HUGE array of homeopathics, Mylicon for gas, Motrin for teething (just to name a few). NOTHING helps. To top it all off, he's fussy all day long and demands much more energy than I can possibly muster up. I think if he slept better at night, he'd feel better during the day.
A while ago, we decided since we can't 'change' him, we need to change our attitude about it. I know it will only be a short time in the long run, but we're near exhaustion and going downhill quickly. I'm constantly sick now too. We have no family or friends in the area that can help, and no money for a babysitter.
My gut tells me that there's nothing physically wrong with him, he just can't self-soothe. With him at 11mo, what can I do to help him? Also, is this normal even for frequent nightwakers? I know that there's a whole spectrum of how well babies sleep, but should I be alarmed here? Any advice is very, very appreciated...