post night two recap

March 17, 2010

remember how i was all cheerful after night one's easy beginning?  it was a cruel, cruel trick.  as easy as night one was, night two was equally as frustrating.

so, this is how this is going to go, huh?

night two:
night cap at 11pm.  we went to bed, the jude went back to bed.
1:50am- woke up.  later than usual!  what does this mean?  no idea.  but he fussed and cried and wouldn't go back to sleep no matter how long i patted until his 3 o'clock feeding.  so for more than an hour i just stood next to his crib patting and singing and bouncing.  eventually i believe i just laid on the floor and said, "shhhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhh" which seemed to be equally as effective as anything else i did, which meant not at all.
3:00am- chow time.  back into bed.  he fell asleep.  his body is clearly not used to our new schedule after only one day.  sad times.
6am- again, stayed asleep longer.  what does this mean? no idea.  but this time when he woke up he was flipping his shit and nothing would do but nursing.  so i fed him and we fell asleep for a whole half an hour before it was time to get up.

notes: soooooo... not feeling so positive today.  kinda cranky.  but i must press on.  it takes more than two pathetic days to change a bad habit, right?

this morning i was giving jude's babysitter the heads up so she can be on the look out for if he wants to eat more or sleep more due to the new schedule and she told me that her youngest daughter, who is almost two, still nurses every two hours.  –you're kidding me, right?  there's a chance this won't stop?  so i learned two very important facts.  #1- jude is not alone in his freaky insistence that he eat every two hours and #2- there is a possibility that this might not end any time soon.

so, so, so...
i don't know.

we'll be at it again tonight.



All I can say is "I'm sorry." I KNOW this sucks. I've been there. I wish I could tell you how to get that kid under control, but all I can do is tell you it's common. People like to make you think you're doing something wrong, but it's just the way it is. A LOT of kids don't sleep well.

(I should post a comment some time without fixing it so you can see how bad my brain is right now.)


Ugh, I hated this time, but I went through it WAY earlier with the Wiz as he was on the bottle at 3 months (my production could not keep up with that hoss of an appetite). Formula filled him up more than breastmilk, so that gave me a little bit of an edge, but I found that giving him some cereal in addition to his milk before bedtime really helped.

All in all though, it's just going to take time, just like breaking any other habit, you just have to stay strong and KNOW that at his age, he is more than able to get through the night without nursing. You are right in assuming it's a comfort thing at this point.

Stay strong, and trust your instincts, as always. Every kid's different, so is everyone's take on the subject. I feel for ya!




I nursed my little guy for 11 months. My take:

Aidan used me as a pacifier because I let him. He woke up frequently because he wanted the comfort of mom and a little something to suck on and I let him because...well, I liked it too!

I think you're doing the right thing by trying to wean him off a bit, but I wouldn't let yourself get too down by disappointment. One amazing "I'm doing it all right" night could easily be followed by The Night From Hell, even if YOU do everything the exact same. I'd give yourself three weeks of sticking to your plan on this one and see what kind of changes you see by then.

Good luck and I feel ya!!!

Totally the humble opinions of someone who is four years past this stage.

Ky (Two Pretzels)

Indeedy, I'm with the other wise women -it's going to take some time.

I feel like as soon as Lila creates herself a little routine and I get used to it, she creates another one.


Have a beer. It's St. Patrick's Day. :)

Amber, The Unlikely Mama

Oh my good gawd! 2 years and still?????? I might just die!

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