Pretty simple right? I nurse him to sleep for all of his naps and bedtimes. It's not about actually feeding for him, but rather being soothed and comforted. I'm okay with doing this because I plan on nursing for a year anyway, so to me it just goes with the territory. What I don't like is that I have to have my boob in his mouth for every single freaking time he wakes up. WHICH HAPPENS TO BE ABOUT EVERY 2-3 HOURS. What am I supposed to do? For some reason at night he's very sensitive to my presence because as soon as I get him back to sleep, I try to lower him back to his bed... and then BAM! He's awake. Instantly. Eyes wide open. And then the crying begins. I try to let him "cry it out" but I am weak and I suck. I can't hardly stand it and I just can't bring myself to resist him. What is the best way to handle this? How have you guys handled this?
And so we co-sleep. It's the only way either one of us get any sleep. He sleeps solid from 8pm - 8am if we co-sleep. It's quite wonderful. But I've been getting this insane pressure from "society" to simply not do it. I have friends that have established wonderful bed times for their babies and are getting wonderful sleep. Why am I completely out of the loop? Does establishing a great sleep routine mean that I have to let my baby scream? I'm really not anti crying it out, I'm just not strong enough to let it happen. I really don't want to be the cause of my son's discomfort.
I think it's interesting that this country is one of the highest for sids and also the lowest for co-sleeping. It's actually the norm for babies to sleep with their mother's in most other countries. I just read that parents that co-sleep actually get MORE sleep than of those that have their babies in cribs (not that there is anything wrong with this). I guess baby sleeps longer because he's comfy? I don't know.
All I know is that when I attempt to get Wyatt to sleep on his own, I end up dealing with this...
Both of these were taken after I was sick of the whole rocking him to sleep and then laying him down process. I sometimes find it easier just to let him be awake since he's such a light sleeper. I figure he'll get really tired and then stay asleep for longer. I'm a bad mom, I know. I finally did get him back to sleep but I had to nurse him laying down in my bed and then once he was out, slip my arm from under his head and wedge him between some pillows (possibly to fool him into thinking I'm still there?).
I'm just bummed because I never did P90X and now it's 11:30 and I KNOW I won't be doing it now.
Okay, so in case you weren't 100% sure how I stand for co-sleeping, I'm VERY much for it. I just feel pressured to not do it. If more people were open to it then I'd obviously wouldn't be feeling this pressure. At this point I'm doing it because it's the only way for us. I started out doing it because I wanted to, but now I do it more because I have to. My poor, poor husband. He'll be so pissed if Wyatt is still sleeping in our bed when he comes back from this deployment. :(