Dropping a nap…

Lately Isaiah has been regressing in a major way! He has gone from sleeping 7-8 hours a night without a feeding to 4-5 hours. Oh man this is just KILLING me!!!!

The past few weeks have been really crazy adjusting to the new apartment, mom in town, going to CT and dealing with time change, but it has been longer than 3 weeks that this has been going on. I just can’t figure him out! Also, so many friends and books say to let him cry it out when he wakes up or isn’t sleeping. Well you may as well just stab me in the heart and send my husband to work completely sleep deprived! I don’t at all feel like Isaiah knows how to calm himself down yet when he’s crying so hard from being overtired or when he wakes up in the middle of the night. We also give him his pacifier and so he’s not great at finding his thumb… pretty sure that’s the downfall of using a paci… so I need to continually go into his room at 4 am and put it in his mouth and pat his bum until I finally give in and feed him.

I know what the books say about it all but man, seriously, to hear my boy coughing from crying so hard kills me and I KNOW that I can fix it so everything in me just wants to do that! Also, Casey works early so I do the night shifts… I have TOTALLY gotten used to this, but I can’t let him cry it out at night or Casey won’t get any sleep. Then I feel so bad and everyone is miserable!!

One of my friends today suggested taking away the 3rd nap. I literally don’t know how we’d do that. When he naps they are like 45 min naps unless I’m super lucky and some afternoons I’ll get 1.5 hrs. Knowing his sleep schedule, pushing him to 7pm without the 3rd nap sounds like an overtired baby on the verge of a break down to me. AHHHHhhh.

I’m not sure where to go from here… and as I write my son is waking up in his bed from a 30 min morning nap…. SERIOUSLY!?!? 30 minutes… Isaiah… mommy needs to drink her coffee and have breakfast. But I DO LOVE YOU!!!

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Wife, mom, life of ministry and raising children.
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2 Responses to Dropping a nap…

  1. Jess says:

    Tanya,

    We didn’t let Parker ‘cry it out’ until he was about 6 months old. Every baby is different, and forget what all the books say, if he needs a 4 am feeding and it will knock him out for a few more hours I say do it. They are only this little for such a short time, and I swear that middle of the night feeding was so precious to me. I miss it now that Parker sleeps like 12-13 hours at night. I go in and get him sometimes in the middle of the night just to snuggle.

    As far as the naps go, do you feed him before or after he goes down? And same with changing him? Because I know with Parker if he hadn’t pooped yet he wouldn’t nap long, but if he had pooped, eaten, was burped, and dry, he would nap for 1.5 to 2 hours at that age. You may just have to try changing things around here and there.

    PLUS, remember all of the HUGE changes that have been going on around him- moving, Oma visiting, going to CT, any of those things can throw a schedule off. He will fall into a routine, and it’ll be ok 🙂

  2. Lydia Sherrer says:

    I never used the cry it out method, I couldn’t bring myself to let them keep crying….It’s not like they are toddlers who are being defiant, it’s just their way of expressing emotions….I also had 3 thumb suckers….so no idea how to get him to stop needing his binkie at night….sorry 😦 . I agree that forcing him to stay awake might make him (and you) crazy!

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