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DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
I wish I could figure out how to break her of the twiddling habit. She is just so persistant. We've been working on it for a year. And I consistently stop her everytime (unless I'm asleep and don't notice) and it is still a constant battle.
DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
In our old house we had the bed up against the wall and I actually felt that gave us more room because I wasn't trying to stop myself from falling off the bed so I could move way over.
Mama to my beautiful Ana Carolina (2/07), Isabel Cristina (6/10), and #3 on the way in August 2013!
I am right there with you mama. My son is turning 18 months on Sunday and we have going through the worst week of sleeping that he has had since he was born. I am so tired, exhausted actually by the all night nurse fests and the kicking, punching, crawling, worrying that he is going to fall out of bed, etc, etc, etc.
About a week ago, I decided I was going to attempt to night wean. When he woke up to nurse, I would say, "Nay Nays are sleeping, we will have more Nay Nay in the morning". He would cry and claw at my shirt and say "No! Mama! No Mama!!!" and just wail. It was heart breaking, but I stuck to my guns and would nurse him at the first hint of light in the sky (which is around 4:30 come to find out... )
Fast forward nearly a week, and he is still waking up at least once, if not twice a night screaming to nurse, me feeling like the crappiest mama ever for denying him what he obviously needs and still sticking it out and letting him cry to sleep in my arms while I say to him, "It's ok, we will have Nay Nay in the morning, Mama's here, you are ok, etc, etc, etc". Nothing was getting better.
Last night I decided, maybe he needed to be in his own bed. I don't own a crib, but I do have a pack and play in our room, so I put him to bed in there after nursing him down. Pretty much the instant his body touched the sheepskin I had laid down in there, he woke up crying and clinging to me. I had to nurse him to sleep 4 times and try to lay him down 4 times before he actually slept in there. He didn't get to sleep until 9:30, and then woke up at 2:30. When he woke up, he was frantic, and even though I went to him before he was really even awake, he was terrified.
It was a complete disaster. I have decided that maybe he isn't ready to night wean, and we are not ready to not co-sleep, so tonight, he is going to have free access to my breasts all night and I am not going to attempt to put him in his own bed again any time soon. I have no idea what is going to happen, but I so need to sleep.
I just wanted to give you some support and say that I am so there. It is so freaking hard. You want to give your LO the nurturing they need, but it is impossible if you are falling apart in the process. I wish I had the magic answer, and hope that we all get sleep soon.
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