September 22, 2016
It's been so long since I started down this road. Now on my fourth child, he is almost 16-months old. Very much lovable, as many toddlers are (I love this age), the nights are pure horror, whereas his first year of life was a walk in the park in the sleep department! Whether it be teething or something else, he is up and fumbling around from 2am onward. I nurse and try to put him down in the same cycle for up to 2 hours before I give up, call my co-parent for back-up, and/or just let him scream it out, waking up everyone else in the household and probably neighbors too.
I was up last night from 2:27 until 5:12 AM, and during my awake time I crafted strategy for tonight's wake up:
- Be disciplined. When he wakes up, he no longer needs to eat, right? Maybe just go see him in the crib, pat his back as he drifts back to sleep.
- Show stamina. I can't crumble. I need to stay with it. Don't let him into the bed.
- Use drugs. Does it seem like the teeth are what are bothering him? I should use the advil/motrin/tylenol as it seems like it makes sense
- Get my co-parent on board. We need to be aligned on the strategy. At one point this morning, I noticed a glow from the other side of the bed, and there was my toddler watching Elmo on my partner's phone as he snored!
Please: may tonight be a better night. I cannot be a zombie any longer!