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She has always fought sleep, has always been a light sleeper, wakes up 3-4 times per night and needs to nurse back down, starts melting down after about 3 hours of being awake because she's so tired. She is very active and has a very hard time settling her body. Refuses a pacifier even though she has a high suck-need. When it's time to nap or fall asleep for the night, she can only fall asleep on one of us. We try to lay her down on her mattress because we've found that she is more rested after being able to stretch out, as opposed to staying on me or dh for the entirety of her nap. But she almost always wakes up within minutes, even when she is so exhausted she is delirious. How can I help her? I've also found over this past year that if I remain attached to her while she comfort sucks, she never falls into a deep sleep. I think that's the main problem, she doesn't fall into a deep sleep very often.
I know this is rambling and confusing, but I haven't slept well in over a year at this point. All I know is that she is exhausted, needs to sleep, and fights it. And I am so very tired.