Re: July Infants and Toddlers
posted at 7/16/2013 2:37 PM EDT
KAM, I'm ordering the Karp sleep book today. And I like the yogurt idea for both kids, actually. DD sometimes tells me she's hungry at 2am and since she often doesn't eat a great dinner she very well could be. Also I think if you wake at that hour, your body is just ready for another meal. Last week she scarfed down peanut butter (no sugar) on half an english muffin.
DH does deal with some of this - when I yell and smack him awake, since he sleeps through any noises the kids make (whereas I wake up the instant DD starts to open her door). The problem is, once I am awake it is very hard for me to get back to sleep, even if I'm not the one physically getting up (though I am about 80% of the time, it's just easier than trying to wake up DH). Also, I'm getting to the point where I am conditioned to wait for the other to wake up once the first one does. I feel like I'm giving myself insomnia.
I told DH today that I am going to start trying to wean DS this week, but of course DH is away on business from Thursday - Sunday. But honestly it might be easier to do it when he's out of the house so I don't have to listen to him being exasperated with the screaming. I don't anticipate it going well because if we don't go in and feed DS when he wakes, he will SCREAM. Holding/rocking/pacifier does NOT soothe him. I might start trying water in the bottle, but not sure how that will go either. I think I'm going to tell DH that I need to sleep in the guest room one night before he goes so I can get a little rest before being on my own for 3 nights. I'm also considering waking DS at 10:30 or so to feed him a little, with the hopes that that would hold him the rest of the night, then eventually wean off of that. Not sure.
It is the same with us and daycare as it is for KAM and cwag - DD will just go to sleep there (for naps) whereas at home it's a whole to-do with back scratching and story reading. Luckily DS goes to sleep like a champ - I put him in awake every time and he's fine. I am so thankful to be able to do that with one of my children. If only he would STAY asleep.
Medford, good idea about the pillow/blanket. Part of the issue is we can't get her to not scream/call for us. Maybe with continued conversation and making our preferences "rules," eventually it will get in her head.
Thanks for your support/suggestions. I HATE not having solutions to things, it makes me bonkers.