Thank You(4 Posts)
I just want to say a very heartfelt thank you, to all the other mums out there with babies who are waking frequently (and you have my sympathy). After reading many of the threads on here I don't feel so alone. I don't really have anyone to talk to about this but my partner and while he is very supportive I don't think he truly comprehends how soul destroying it can be! I mentioned the other day how I swear in my head at my lovely little boy, when he has woken for the 3rd time in 3 hours and he sounded aghast! I don't know if other people do this but it helps me let off a bit of steam before taking a few deep breaths and feeding back to sleep.
I was lucky, I had a wonderful 3 weeks where he slept through, until sleep regression hit. It was so much easier to cope during the day when he slept at night. Especially if he had a screamy day.
During the day he usually only naps for 1/2 hr at a time and only on me. So v little chance to get anything done.
It's so good to know that other babies do this too, or variations of this. So thanks again folks. May our babies all start sleeping for longer soon. Hang on in there. I'll be reading regularly, it will remind me this is normal, give me something to read when he refuses to settle in the night and make me realise that some poor souls have it worse and I should think myself lucky.
What a great post.
MN has saved my sanity; knowing that DS2's sleep
or lack of is 'normal' helps me no end.
He is fucking hard work. Hates buggy. Hates car seat. Can only manage 90 mins awake before becoming a screaming ball of rage. And after all that, he doesn't sleep at night. His best night since birth was a 10pm to 4:30am stretch. Never to be repeated. He normally wakes every two hours and gets up for the day around 5:30. I am on the edge. And I have an older DS so need to function for him.
I could cope with the shit sleep if he was easier during the day. I walked out of Costa red-faced yesterday because he screamed - and I mean SCREAMED - when I dared to put him back in his car seat. People were staring. So I can't even go for a coffee without a fucking drama.
I am so grateful for these boards and the knowledge that I'm not alone. This too shall pass.
and to you, OP and to everyone suffering with non-sleeping, challenging babies.
Oh and I also swear when he wakes for the billionth time. Anyone who judges that can try getting woken up regularly each night for five solid months and see how they get on
Ah yes, the embarrassment of a baby screaming in public, as if you have been torturing them, when you dare to stop/ put them back in their pram or car seat /slow down in the car.
I had an interesting 20 min train ride a month ago, where he screamed blue murder. You tube refused to work which was a bugger as music is one of the few things that will sometimes calm him in that state. I had to get him out of the pram and hold him which didn't seem v safe as I had to stand. I'm sure people though I was a terrible mother. He then went on to scream around town, off and on, including in a cafe. I feel so self conscious.
He has just taken an hour and a half to get into a deep enough sleep to put in his cot without waking back up. He frequently does this thing, where I put him down and within 5 mins his legs start thumping up and down and the flappy arms start. Looks like he's winding himself up until he has enough energy to shout! Little begger!
So glad it's not just me who swears! I don't feel quite as mean now.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you that your little one starts to go for more than 2 hours sleep at a time.
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