Hello ladie! This post isn't designed for others to put down my parenting techniques or tell me what I'm doing wrong In their opinion. this is just me asking everyone if theyve been through similar phases, if so what caused it and how long it lasted. I'll admit that most sleep techniques aren't the same as ours so it may be hard to compare but every toddler sleeps, naps and fusses and a lot of moms have been through similar situations. Okay, here it goes:
My son is 15 months old, he sleeps in bed between daddy and I, uses a white noise machine and swaddle still, and I nurse him to sleep half the time. Since six weeks old he's slept through the night and taken 2 naps a day, until recently he dropped one nap (a few days a week he naps twice). The last couple weeks hes been taking forever to fall asleep at night AND for naps. I Completely understand the whole 'toddlers don't wana miss anything and will fight the sleep as best they can' thing. BUT it seems like this is over the top. He'll be SO ready for bed and well do his routine, then swaddle him and nurse or sing gently in bed. Sometimes (like right now exactly) hell be perfectly content with laying here being held , like not fussing, but he won't fall asleep! (We've been laying here for an hour!) Then other times he's completely ready for bed or nap and once were settled into bed he'll be calm and almost asleep fairly quickly , then suddenly hell flip a shit and wriggle and squirm and bust out of the swaddle (which is only his legs anyways anymore) and well have to repeat the swaddle and sing ten times before he falls asleep. And yes a lot of times we get up and play some more to see if he has more energy pent up, but most times this will just lead to whiney fussiness, not wanting to be put down OR picked up for that matter, so we KNOW he's tired. Today is bas though cuz he's been awake since 3AM which is highly unusual. I do two paper routes every morning at 3 AM and he sleeps in the carseat until I'm done and back home by 6AM. We've done this for a year and a half and only every once in awhile hell wake up during and ill either nurse him back to sleep or sit with him and play while daddy drives. (Daddy works construction full time but recently picked up his own paper route for the extra cash every week, one of the two neighborhoods I deliver to needed a delivery driver for the Plain Dealer, which is the paper for our neighboring county, so since I already did that area for OUR countys newspaper company, it worked out perfect cuz I was already driving there ). Anyways, today he woke up. He's been awake ever since. I'm exhausted and hubbys at work and moms at a vet appointment . Ugh. He literally just fell asleep while I typed this.
on Nov. 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM