Monday, December 21, 2009

Cry Baby



The pediatrician recommended we let X cry it out at night. At almost 9 1/2 months, he's more than capable of sleeping through. And yet, he's done it only a handful of times.

The crib in the room problem is not going to resolve anytime soon. This kid is also the lightest sleeper ever. When I come in to get ready for bed, the creaking of the floorboards makes him bolt upright.

I can't even fathom how I'm supposed to move him into Sawyer's room, he of the Must Listen to Michael Jackson CD Before Bed.

Friday night I told David I was going to sleep on the futon in his office and he could ignore the screaming in our room (David could sleep through a locomotive racing through our hallway). But I was fighting a cold, David was playing XBox in his office, so I decided jus to sleep in my own bed.

X cooperated by sleeping until 5 a.m. He woke up again at 6 because Sage came in and coughed. But then David actually took X and kept him away for three hours - I didn't get out of bed til 9 a.m. This is unheard of, blogosphere! It's the longest I've stayed in bed since X was born.

We had high hopes for Saturday night. He woke up at 10:30 (see squeaky floorboards) then went back to sleep - til 1. So we let him cry. An hour later, he finally fell back to sleep.

Sunday HAD to be better, right? RIGHT?!?! Yeah. Not so much. He woke up at 12:30. At 2 a.m., he was still shrieking. I gave up. Picked him up. Nursed him. Put him back in his crib. The screaming continued. Got him out again. Nursed him. Put him back in his crib. He kept screaming.

He just wanted to lie in our bed and nurse. Unfortunately, I was not down with this plan long-term, and he was settling in.

Finally, at 3:30, I went downstairs and slept on the couch. He fussed for about 10 minutes and - with me out of the room - fell asleep.

I really, really need sleep. And I feel guilty for this. I mean, X is so little. I feel horrible listening to him sob, trying to figure out why Mommy is not coming, when clearly she's lying RIGHT THERE!

I guess I keep hoping he'll figure it out on his own.

Maybe tonight?

4 comments:

Kelli/Plangirl said...

Oh Cheryl. Finally, at a year, we had to let Ryenne do a little crying it out. It is soooo hard, but in the end, it worked and she is a very good sleeper (she is 2+ now). Is he eating a lot at night? Ryenne was snacking all night, so I night weaned her first (one feeding at a time), before I let her cry it out. Also, if there is ANYWHERE else you can put the crib and send David in when he cries, it will help.

This too shall pass, but not without a few tears, and some from X too. Big hugs!

Cheryl said...

Thanks!! I just can't listening to crying for two hours - it's awful! Last night he was up at 11 and at 2. He only wants to nurse. If I try to comfort him and put him back in, he screams. If David tries to comfort him, he screams and arches his back. We REALLY want to move him out but our only option is Sawyer's room, and I can't see how that's going to work. Hence, our house hunting! Glad to hear Ryenne is such a good sleeper now!

Jennifer said...

Oh Cheryl I definitely feel for you. You would think by the third that the crying would be easier to handle but it isn't. It breaks my heart when Claire is screaming at night. Is it an option to put Sage and Sawyer in the same room. We too have a three bedroom house and I have moved Helena into Ethan's room for now so that Claire can have her own room. It does seem to make things easier. (((Hugs))).

Cheryl said...

Jennifer - I've thought about moving Sage into Sawyer's room, but we'd have to buy bunk beds and that's not really in the budget now (that's how small these rooms are, I don't think they'd accomodate two twins and still have room to move). Plus she likes having all her girly stuff (she has a play kitchen and table and chairs in her room, and her bed has built in drawers and a hutch). REALLY wish we had a bigger house!!

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