Not a romantic tale, this one. Not at all. No Tom Hanks here, unforunately…
Are there such things as good sleepers and bad sleepers? Because if so…I have a bad sleeper.
And I’m tired.
We were doing really well. He started sleeping through the night at six months.
I did “Babywise” and “Baby Whisperer.” Both books practically scream at you, “I guarantee your child will sleep through the night by three months.”
Good thing I bought them at the discount bookstore so I didn’t feel like I wasted a ton of money.
Then I hear multiple parents talk about how their angelic babies sleep through the night at 6…7…8 weeks.
So our pediatrician tells us to let him cry it out. As do multiple “experts.”
Society tells me I’m a horrible mother for that one. As do multiple “experts.”
But we RESPONSIBLY let him cry it out. It takes one night. He starts sleeping through the night the next night.
So for a little over a month, we do fine. He goes down around 8:30, wakes up around 5, has a bottle and goes back to sleep for 2-3 hours. We have one little hiccup in there where he have him cry it out for another night. Then he goes back to fine.
Then Sunday hits. Now he goes down around 8:30, wakes up and cries at 11 for about an hour, sleeps, then wakes up and cries at 3 for about two hours.
Nothing helps except rocking and the “shushing” sound.
And at 4 am, when you’re crying along with your child, the doubt creeps in….
Should we do cry it out again, even if he cries for hours? Even if we go in every 15 minutes and pat his back and tell him how much we love him? Is my truck-driving husband (who operates multi-ton equipment every day on the highway) getting enough sleep? Does Little Man know how frustrated I am? Is it oozing out of my pores? Will he ever sleep through the night again? Is this an adoption attachment thing? Is he mad we went away Saturday night and since he can’t talk about it he’s waking up to ensure we’re here? Is he having night terrors? Is it his upper teeth? I think they’re close. Does something hurt and I can’t tell?
Anyway…we are sleepless in Indy right now. I’d love some encouragement…not necessarily advice, I guess, but encouragement.
Does it sound like he’s a bad sleeper? Is there even such a thing?