Thursday, July 9, 2009

An Hour and a Half

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.


  1. I'm so with you on "the must frustrating Joy"! Our little sleep fighters are SO interested in the world, they just don't want to miss out on a thing!

    Of course, you're Jack's mom and know what's best for your baby. I just want to offer up an alternative perspective on nursing to sleep:

    For what it's worth, Charlotte will go to sleep without nursing for my mom and for Adam. For me, it's still a mixed bag.

  2. M - THANK YOU so much for the article. It was what I needed for today. I waffle all the time between being ok with nursing Jack to sleep and helping him to sleep another way(obviously not working). I will probably go back to nursing him. I hate how stressful it is for him to cry so much!

  3. I'm glad it was helpful! That site is my go to source for all things nursing. I love their gentle and natural approach and that everything is backed up with research!


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