The last four days have not been fun. William was officially kicked out of Mommy and Daddy’s bed, and he’s not too thrilled about it. I have to say I’ve been sleeping loads better without having a baby next to me all night, and my shoulder is feeling better too, but William’s definitely missing his old spot. He just cries and cries inconsolably, and I’m hoping and praying this doesn’t last much longer. He will fall asleep in someone’s arms, or even just sitting on my bed next to me, but he refuses to go to sleep in his own crib. We are making a little progress, and some of the crying jags are getting shorter. I hate doing this, but it’s gotta be done. Having him sleep with us is really starting to ruin my way of life.
On the good side, he was able to have his liver treated (acupuncture is a wonderful thing), and he seems to be making some great progress on that end. Because of that, I don’t feel quite as bad as I would have about the sleep thing as I know he’s not in pain and his intestinal system is doing better. He’s just mad, and I pray he will get over it soon.
I’m quite excited because today is our first RDI home visit. Our consultant will be coming and sitting down and showing me what homeschooling can look like for Michael, and I will be videotaping it for future reference and family members who could not be in attendance. Michael always does exceptionally well with RDI techniques, and this therapist has been able to work with him and a way that no one else has. I’m eager to learn everything!
So the little guy still won’t sleep. Unfortunately, due to all the issues he went through in the last 6 months, he has now associated nursing with sleep and doesn’t know how to pass out without it. I wear him during he day because it’s the only way he’ll nap. I sleep with him at night because he can’t sleep without me. He gets up in the middle of the night because his tummy hurts, then he’ll wake up if I ever leave the bed. He’s up with me in the early morning when I try to have alone time (I’m currently typing this one-handed with lots of typos). He even comes with me to my monthly girls’ only nights! I get a little jealous that my girlfriends with younger babies are already able to leave their kids home with daddy, especially when he fusses constantly.
This is really getting to me. I don’t like having someone in my space 24/7, especially such a needy someone. I got a book about sleep training from the library because I want to get him sleep trained so Nate and I can get away together in a few months. It’s a good incentive, and I hope it works because I know he still has abdominal discomfort. We’re off to the chiropractor again for another digestive tract check later this morning.
I definitely need to devote more prayer to this because this momma wants to get some sleep in her own bed. BABY. FREE. The book claims results in several weeks, so here’s hoping there’ll be a good report in a month or so.