Just in case anyone thought (like me) that things would just improve on their own...they have not.
I made a sleep log last night after spending AN HOUR AND A HALF bouncing my baby to sleep.
Yes, bouncing my almost 6 month old for hours like he's a newborn...we've regressed so so far.
Would you all like to see my sleep log?
It's scary...are you ready?
Anyone who's complaining about their baby waking up 3 times a night will immediately start thanking their lucky stars that their baby is ONLY waking up 3 times.
Baby Jett woke up 7 TIMES last night.
And went 2 hours as a MAXIMUM.
10:05: FINALLY DOWN FOR THE NIGHT AFTER LOTS OF BOUNCING AND FAILED PUT DOWN ATTEMPTS.
11:48pm: Awake! Nurse.
1:03am: Awake! Try not nursing, try some shushing and patting, all to no avail, give up and nurse.
1:41am: Awake! Nurse for 2 seconds.
2:00am: Awake! Nurse for 2 seconds.
3:23am: AWAKE! Try not nursing again, shushing and patting, nope...back to nursing for 2 SECONDS.
4:17am: AWAKE! Nurse for 2 seconds...do you see a pattern here? I think he might need to suck to sleep.
5:50am: AWAKE! Here I get desperate for him to not wake up for the day so I'm quick to whip out the boob, I don't even bother with other attempts because nursing works and I don't want to get up at 5:50am.
7:30am: Awake for the day. All smiles and giggles and chatty.
Sounds like a restful night, DOESN'T IT?
We're like a week into nights like this. I'm a zombie. And alone, husband is traveling.
You name a sleep trick and I've tried it. I even put him down in his crib last night (after spending half an hour trying to get him back to sleep after he went down at 7:30pm for A NAP apparently) sleepy and not crying, I went downstairs to watch the last 5 minutes of a show and he BAWLED his little brains out. He went from happy and content and sleepy to HYSTERICAL in less than 5 minutes. He spent the next 2 hours fighting sleep and constantly checking on me to make sure I didn't leave him again.
I feel completely lost as to what to do from this point, especially being this tired where I don't have the emotional control to follow through with anything. I will basically do anything to make him sleep, especially as the day wears on and I get more and more exhausted, even if that means he's back in my arms for naps. I'm just too tired to deal with the screaming.
Sleep deprivation is no joke. It's wreaking havoc on all facets on my life. Dom and I are constantly fighting. I'm on edge and crying over anything. And I'm so so skinny, I'm literally wasting away, no matter how much I eat. And I'm wishing I could give someone my baby and they could bring him back to me when he learns how to sleep.
So we're calling in a professional.
That's right I AM PAYING SOMEONE to fix my baby. It's bloody expensive...and it better damn well work.
I will keep you all posted!
And just because he's so damn cute even if he won't let me sleep...here's a picture of Baby Jett at his first swimming lesson.