I love my son. He really is such a good, good baby. He rarely cries or fusses when we’re out and about. He’s very inquisitive, seems to have a knack for music (just like his father) and has the most amazing laugh that makes my heart smile every time. His sleeping patterns do not make me happy.
He’s had a routine for so long now that its actually quite easy to get him to go to sleep at night. On occasion we might get a few minutes of crying when we put him down but most nights he kind of fusses while I’m holding him after his book to let me know he’s ready to go to bed. I put him down, he rolls on to his side and drifts right off to sleep without any ordeal. He even goes down for his afternoon nap very easily.
So what’s the problem, right? His repeated waking in the middle of the night is driving me crazy. After we put him down, he sleeps for about 4-5 hours straight. But then the repeated night waking begins.
I can’t count how many times I’ve been just drifting off to sleep when all of a sudden ***waaaaa*** is ringing in my ears. He’s really easy to soothe back to sleep so I’ve usually helped him to keep the peace in the middle of the night. Of course, daddy doesn’t wake up unless I let Munchkin cry for a little while – like last night. Lately, he’s been waking up every 40 minutes! By about the 3rd hour, I give up and bring him to bed with us.
This morning, he insisted that something is wrong with our child. My mommy instinct says he’s fine.
In general, I’m able to cope fairly well because I’m fortunate to be a stay-at-home-mom and I only have our little Munchkin (for now). So I usually take his morning nap with him – yes, he sleeps in our bed when we take the am nap. So by the time we wake up, both mommy and baby are completely refreshed and happy! Of course, since I take the am nap I have a hard time going to sleep before 11 pm. Which sucks, cause that’s when Munchkin is still sleeping.
Part of me really doesn’t mind the fact that his sleep patterns aren’t “normal” but then the other part of me feels like a bad mommy because my son can’t sleep.
I’m in the process of reading some MORE info on sleeping. I’m quite interested in the article in the references section.