Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ok, so how did YOU wean?

Last night was awful.

Griffin nursed to sleep at 8; woke up at 9:30 and nursed; woke up at 12:30 and I tried rubbing his back, rocking, singing, shhh'ing... it seemed to work at first, his eyes were still closed and he settled back down for a moment. But then? Then it was terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad. He screamed and flailed about like a child possessed. *sigh* Bryan took him at that point and gave him a bottle. He had a few ounces and eventually fell asleep. Then he was up AGAIN at 4:00, 5:30, and finally at 7:15.

I nursed him each subsequent waking for about 20 minutes - not like it helped since he woke up each time cranky, whiny, and on the verge of screaming. Which is what he's been like every night for the past.... 16 months?

If I would have nursed him during the Abyss (as I have taken to calling it) he would have fallen asleep, but he would have stayed attached for anywhere from 20-40 minutes in order to stay asleep. This is not ok. He is not an infant anymore and I cannot sleep while he nurses.

So if we're counting, that means that Bryan and I got less than 6 hours of sleep and no stretch longer than 2.5 hours.

The whole situation pretty much sucks.

And B and I are very much looking forward to next week when we'll be in Sacramento and my parents will have the kids for a night.

1 comment:

  1. well, I already mentioned, we weaned fast and didn't go back. It had benefits and drawbacks. however, the nighttime stuff, with both girls, we just had to go through a few weeks of horribleness before it eventually clicked and got better. Well, no, with Grace, who refused to co-sleep from day one, it was weeks and weeks of awfulness, but with Katie, teaching her to sleep in her own crib took a few weeks of awfulness, and now it's 2/3 okay (2 or so wakings each night) and 1/3 hideous. If she follows Grace's pattern, she'll get there eventually, but with both girls, there was no way around it but thru it.


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