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Not sure if this is the best place to post this. My 4 month old was sleeping wonderfully 3-4 hours regularly sometimes even 6 hours! Then he had surgery a week ago and sleep seems to be a thing of the past. I know that this has been a really hard week for him and I don't expect him to be sleeping well cause I know I wouldn't be if I just had surgery. I'm just looking for suggestions on how to help him get back to sleeping comfortably. Right now he is waking every 30-40 minutes. I use to be able to lay him down for naps and for a couple of hours at bedtime. Now it's sleep in my arms or right next to me or not at all. I feel so bad for him is there anything I can do to help him realize I won't leave him again? Or is this just something that we will just have to wait for him to figure it out again? Any other moms go through surgery at this age? Oh I guess I should say we co-sleep and have since day 1 for naps he usually sleeps in the sling (which we can't do right now since his leg needs to heal) or right beside me on the couch (which we need to change anyway since he's starting to roll).<br><br>
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Janessa
 

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It must be very hard for you and your son for him to have surgery so young. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm sure nothing seems normal right now. I never had to go through quite what you are going through, but I can share that when my dd was that age, she pretty much napped in my arms all the time. If I tried to set her down, she'd instantly wake up. So I found it easier to just let her nap in my arms and I'd snooze a little with her or at least just rest my eyes. I know it kind of ties you down a bit, but you probably need rest, too, at this time. At night if he sleeps beside you, hopefully you can nurse him when he awakens and perhaps grab a few z's while he's nursing back to sleep. Eventually I was able to get dd to latch on with my eyes half shut and then fall back asleep as she was still nursing, and it wasn't much of a disturbance even if she was sick or teething and waking fairly frequently. It takes some coordination, but learning how to nurse from either breast in the same position helped. (To do this, you sort of roll over slightly so the top breast is at a low enough level for the baby to latch on). I don't know if any of that helps, but that's my 2 cents FWIW. If nothing else, time may be the best remedy... This, too, shall pass...
 

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Thank you for your thoughts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My 2 year old sounds alot like your dd. It wasn't until recently that she will sleep beside me instead of on me lol. The only reason I ask about how to help Ollie get back to how he was sleeping is because I think the change is negative for him. He's had a rough week and I was just hoping someone might have some ideas to help him get back to his normal sleep pattern so that he feels better. If he was happy sleeping the way he's sleeping right now I would just deal with it but I can tell he needs a longer stretchs of sleep; right now my dd is waking him up when he tries to nap and since he can't sleep in the sling (too much pressure on his incision) and won't let me lay him down I'm not sure how to help that. I've been letting my dd watch a movie so she will sit quietly so he can get a good nap well I hold him but obviously that is not a permanent solution. I just hate to see him struggling. I just want my baby to be better, this part of being a mom really sucks.<br>
thanks again for your thoughts I appreciate it<br>
Janessa
 
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