Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sleep Deprived. . .

Well, Justin was sleeping pretty well..but for the past 4 nights he has decided that he needs to get up and nurse 3 times per night. I could take 2 times, but 3 is exhausting! And, I just don't have the patience to let him cry it out in the middle of the night. We did one night and gave up after an hour. I am not sure why I feel like we are going in reverse with the sleep issue vs. forward...what I would give for a full night of sleep (or even 6 full hours).

3 comments:

Paula said...

We are night 2 into Lauryn's "sleep training" I just finnished reading 'healthy sleep habits,happy child'. She is doing awesome! first night cryed for 20 min each time she woke. I fed he 2 times in the 12 hr period she slept. Last night cried less than 5 min 3 different times and I fed her 1 time. She slept from 4:30 - *8:30 un interupted :). She also had 2, 2hr naps yesterday. Sorry to hear things are not going so well this week for you. It is always fusterating when you have a good thing going and they throw you a curve ball. I am sure looking forward to some good sleep soon... It has been way to long with out sleep.

the wallys said...

I would have to say the best advice I ever got on the sleeping habits of children is the Ferber Method. If I can remember with my kids you put them to bed anyway that you normally do and then close the door. The first time you do that, they cry because of course they want you back to pick them up. But you need to wait 5 minutes and then go in but do not pick them up and just go in briefly. Then leave and wait 10 minutes and so on and so forth. If you look up the Ferber Method on line it will tell you more information.I know it is hard and I cried many a night but you have to stand your ground or when they are older they will not be able to put themselves back to sleep. It is harder to do with the really little ones with the nightly feedings and I think it is more appropriate after your middle of the night feedings are gone. It is the only method that has worked for my two little ones and I am so glad we used that. Hope it gets better for you as time goes on.

Cari said...

I have to agree- the Ferber method worked like a charm on Scarlett! It's not for everyone though. She never cried more than five minutes though because she just got so tuckered out. We don't do nightime feedings anymore, so I think that accomplished a lot by way of sleep!