Monday, July 11, 2011

no sleep for you

one thing the boy is not: a good sleeper. rarely does he sleep for 10-12 hours straight. most nights i'll hear his little night light turn on a few times without a peep from him, and within 10 -20 minutes he's fast asleep again. lately this hasn't been the case. at his 18 month appointment the doctor said we could do away with the bottle (he refuses to drink milk from a sippy cup so we're still doing a bottle in the a.m. and p.m.), limit his use of the paci (from having it all day to a bedtime thing), and we no longer needed to use a monitor.

ok, a part of me was not ready for him to give up all these things at once. it's about the only strings to babyhood still left. and with all the traveling we've been doing, we haven't even attempted any weening. the only thing we have tried is giving up the monitor. the doctor said if the boy needs us he'll let us know. well no sooner were the words uttered the self-soothing nights have pretty much been a thing of the past. lately he's been standing, screaming, crying non-stop which he's rarely done before and now it's a nightly routine. tonight, went to bed at 8 and woke up at 12:40a and has been getting his freak on for 30 minutes now. so the monitor is back so i can make sure there is no real reason for him to be crying. but this cry-it-out method, yeah, not working.

i'm hoping it's all the traveling that's throwing him off cause if it's a permanent thing we might have a problem. mama can do okay with little sleep but no sleep that's a different story. off to comfort the little son of a gun. ugh!