That's how long it took to get Jack to sleep for his nap this morning. This little boy HATES to sleep. He does't want to allow himself to fall asleep AT ALL. Even when I take him into my bed, he screams. I hold him in my arms, and he screams. I give him his pacifier, and he screams. I roll him on his belly, and he rolls back over and screams. I leave him alone to cry-it-out for a while, and he screams. I come back in and pat/rub/jiggle him, and he screams. I leave a lull-a-by CD on, and he screams. I do nothing, and he screams.
Eventually he just ends up crashing. I wish I could figure out how to get my child to sleep - WITHOUT nursing him. THAT is what works. "So, why don't you just nurse him?" you ask. Because I want him to learn how to fall asleep on his own. I am going to be changing his schedule soon when we start solid foods, and he won't be able to fall asleep while nursing. I want him to be able to nap when we're out, and nursing isn't an option at the time. I want him to nap when someone else is watching him, and I'm not around to nurse him.
Is this too much to ask???
I prayed today, "Lord, please bless my baby with sleep!" 10 minutes later, He did.
Of all the Joys of Motherhood, this is the most frustrating Joy I face.
I think it's time for my nap now. I'll try not to scream-it-out.