Today is one of those days that I want to find whoever invented Murphy’s Law and make them pay….
I’ve mentioned before that Micah has been waking up in the middle of the night a lot lately, and I’m starting to slowly get Jonah used to the idea of sleep training. I’ve been putting down Jonah before he falls asleep, not swaddling him as often, and giving him a few minutes before I get him if he starts crying. It’s hard to let him cry for 4 or 5 minutes, but more often than not Micah walks over to the crib and gives Jonah a kiss through the bars and that calms him down. It’s so amazing how hard he’s trying to be a good big brother, especially considering he’s not quite 2 yet…
Sleep training a baby while a toddler is having some sleeping issues isn’t always fun, but last night was the worst. night. ever. I cuddled in his room for a while, but after he woke up for the fifth or sixth time I took him out to the loft so he didn’t wake up Jonah. We cuddled on the couch but he cried on and off the rest of the night, so neither of us got much sleep. Of course, when the hubby woke up at 4:15 he came out and took over long enough for me to go to the bathroom and feed Jonah, and Micah calmed right down for him. He drank some water, took his medicine, and went back to sleep until after 2 pm.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m soooo glad that he finally calmed down, but it’s a little maddening knowing that 6 hours of cuddling, singing, back rubs, and anything else I could think of did absolutely nothing but 30 seconds of Daddy cuddles and he’s happy as a clam. I know that sometimes Micah just wants Daddy, but it makes me so sad when I can’t do anything to make him feel better. It also makes me a little bit crazy to know that if I’d woken up Danny a few hours earlier, I would have gotten more than an hour of broken sleep before work today.
Needless to say, I’ve been a bit of a zombie today. I forgot to keep my phone with me for my usual What I Ate Wednesday post, I didn’t workout, and I’ve downed more than my weight in caffeine. Hopefully Micah has a better night tonight and normal life and blog posts will resume tomorrow!
Have you ever had a child completely regress in their sleeping patterns, and if so, what did you do to help them get back to a good schedule?