In the last week, I’ve gotten desperate. I’ve tried everything to get Nic to sleep. Two weeks ago, he was taking two to three naps per day (totaling at least three hours) and sleeping 11 hours straight through the night. And then everything changed.
He got sick. He was congested and coughing, he didn’t want to sleep, and we didn’t want to let him cry when we knew how uncomfortable he was. We were patient with him and let him get away with a few missed naps and night feedings. But now he’s better, and he’s still not sleeping.
And when I say I’ve tried everything, I mean it. The other day, I actually climbed into his crib to see if me snuggling him would help him sleep. I’m pretty sure even people who co-sleep would say that’s a bit extreme. Last night, I actually held him in my glider all night long because every time I laid him down, he'd sit right up and rock back and forth for as long as I would let him. Currently, Nic is asleep in his stroller in his room because the little straps keep him from sitting up and rocking.
This post isn’t about asking for advice. I’m going to be assertive and let you guys know that I’m taking advice from Nic’s pediatrician rather than the interwebs. I guess this post is part venting and part acknowledgement of those people who told me, “You’ll get a great routine, and then everything will change and you have to start over.”
So, as I start over, I’m taking a big deep breath and instead of stressing over him not napping regularly, I’m trying to focus on enjoying the extra time we have to play together.