I’m still tired 😉 I spend an hour up every night listening to Matthew fuss his way back to sleep. It’s no longer a scream, so that’s good, but oh my – THIS IS HARD! Tonight will be night #4. I hope this is the lucky night that he puts himself back to sleep, and then I get to sleep too! The only good thing about all of this is that I’ve been using that hour each night (starting somewhere between 1:00 and 2:00) to read the PAIL book club selection, “Bringing Up Bebe.” What a fitting book to read as you’re trying to correct your baby’s sleep patterns!
In case you glossed over it – yes – I am still staying up as Matthew cries it out. I just can’t go back to bed as he cries miserably in his room. I like to stay close so that I can run in if things get out of control. And I feel like it’s my duty to suffer with him since I’m the one doing this to him. AND – he gets so worked up and finally falls asleep without any blankets on him, and that just seems wrong to me. So I sit in my chair just outside his room, reading my book, as he drifts off to sleep. I keep reading until he’s been asleep for 5 minutes and then I run in to cover him up and make him cozy.
I was worried yesterday when it came to nap time. I nurse him to sleep and I really don’t want that to change, knowing that I only have 3 more months of nursing left. When I tried to nurse him to sleep yesterday for his two naps, he refused to transfer to his crib. I worried that he was having anxiety about having to sleep alone – but today – he transferred just fine! I am so relieved! He also wouldn’t nurse to sleep at bed time last night, but that was because he ate his dinner too late and had no interest in eating more. Tonight, he nursed to sleep on cue and made me very, very happy!
The cutest thing did happen the second night that I want to document. I worry so much because he kneels up on his knees against the crib rail and cries for me, and I worry that he may fall asleep and fall down. It drives me crazy with worry. That first night, I kept checking the video monitor and yes, he was still crying up against the rail. About 5 minutes later, I realized it was silent, so I checked the monitor again. He was still up on the rail, so I assumed maybe he was just resting. I finally went in a few minutes later and can you believe it? He was ASLEEP on his knees, leaning up on the rail. It broke and melted my heart at the same time. I laid him down, tucked him in, and went to bed.
This baby warms my heart even when we’re struggling through such a rough time. I just love him so much!
Nothing else is new, really. I’m just still really tired! What mother isn’t though, right??