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Ranting About Sleep

Ok, I’ll admit it, i have had it. Last night I was planning on NOT bringing V into our bed, determined to keep her in hers. But after being in her room for 30 min and holding her before I put her down, I finally closed my eyes only to wake up to her crying less than an hour later. M slept on the couch last night while V and I took over the bed. Apparently this happened with Z as well. Why do I not remember. One would think that something like this would be engrained in ones memory forever. Maybe not.
Many times M and I wished our kids would just fall asleep anywhere anytime. It takes so much effort to put them to sleep. Even Z, it has taken over 2 yrs for us to ease up on all the things we have to do to get him to sleep, like rocking and singing to him, including nap time. I really want V to be sleep trained soon, before we go to Amsterdam, for sure.
Today, she woke up at 5:30am so I stuck to the plan of napping her between 8 and 8:30 and so she did, with some struggle. Then I let her stay up for over 3 hrs, playing and having lunch. I could tell she was tired when she was satin because she was zoning up while I was feeding her. Again, I had to let her cry a little before she would be ready to go to sleep. And she slept for 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes. It took half that time to get her to sleep. I’m pooped. It just feel like she has been up all day.
Another problem I have been having in the past week or so is her refusal to nurse. Partly because she is so distracted. I even have to use the nursing cover on her while nursing in our own living room. And even then, she only nurses for a few minutes. It’s annoying. If we are in public, I.e., outside the house, forget about it. It ain’t gonna happen! Sad but true.

It All Fell Apart

Everything is off today. A woke up screaming at 5am, waking us and V up as well. M was able to nap V, thankfully, which gave Z and I time to spend together. Z had a huge poo and it was very messy as well. I offered for him to come in the shower with me and he agreed. He used to hate the shower because the water would spray in his face and eyes. Today, he enjoys it very much.
Our Thursday plan is to go to Bayvisw Village for SB.

Time for Change

Today, I’ve decided to make some changes to V’s napping schedule. I’ve been doing some research on sleep at her age and learned that on average, they sleep about 12 hrs a night, with 2-3 hrs nap during the day. Well, she is not at this point. In fact, she sleeps about 10.5-11 hrs and has 1-2 he’s nap.
I’m currently in her room on the rocker just sitting in the dark, waiting to see if ahe will fall back asleep. I was supposed to catch her before she woke but I missed it. So now, after rocking her a bit, I put her back down. She complained at first but I shushed her and she stopped. She is playing right now though I doubt she will go back to sleep. I don’t know. But what I know is that I don’t want her napping in the swing anymore. I want her to get used to the crib again.


Z, patiently playing on one of the cushions while I attempt to nap V in her stroller. He was so good I felt bad keeping him waiting. I bought him a Playmobil set from Chapters. He deserved it.

Just before I out her back in the stroller for a nap. She was mesmerized by the circular patterns on the furniture.

Rough Times

I’ve been having some really rough times with V and her sleep lately. The last two days, especially today, she has been fighting her naps. Maybe I’m not giving her enough activity time, who knows? But she would cry in the swing when it used to take her no more than 5 minutes to fall asleep after I out her in. Today, she was up at 5am because Z was up screaming at 5 am. Then M napped her for about an hour until 6:45am. She didn’t go to sleep until 10:15am and it took so much work, too. I was exhausted and stressed out.
I’m so tired lately from not sleeping at night. Oh yeah, that’s another thing. V starts off in the crib and by 9-9:30 pm she wakes and wants only me, which can only mean she wants to nurse. After nursing her I wait to put her back in the crib and she does not last for more than an hour before I come and get her. Into our bed she goes and she’s there, serving herself with breast milk, anytime she wants. I remember this pattern with Z. He would nurse to fall asleep because he didn’t have any self-soothing strategies.
I’m achy from sleeping on one side, M is uncomfortable because he can’t move and V is a light sleeper. She has been waking up at 5-5:30 am and it’s way too early for us. And her, too. She used to wake up around 7 am and I would be able to nap her in the crib. Not anymore. At night after nursing her I’d be able to put her down awake and she would go back to sleep on her own. No more of that.
Sigh, I think it’s time to sleep train her. I hate to hear her cry and I know M will have to do it again, but the sooner we do it, the better it will be for everyone, I just need to find out what method would work for her and us.

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