I'm just going to jump right in because honestly I don't know how much more I can take.My DS3 is completely unpredictable in every aspect but mostly where sleep is concerned. I'm so encredibly sad and embarassed to admit that i don't 'enjoy' him, I'm constantly tense and anxious because I know there's always going to be lots of crying and very little sleeping. Sometimes I don't even want to look at him
I wouldn't even hazard a guess as to when he'll sleep or for how long, because it would be a useless waste of my time.
I've tried The No Cry Sleep Solution and The Baby Whisperer and either my bub is the devil reincarnate or I'm the world's crappiest parent (and I'd opt for the latter) because nothing works.
He has once slept for 8 hours straight and he used to be an alright sleeper, feeding every 3 - 5 hours but resettling straight away but he's just getting progressivley worse. He never resettles (or even settles) easy now and to be brutally honest I am sick of hearing his crying. He has an extremely loud, foul pitched cry that makes me want to poke my ears with a sharp object. I used to feel terrible for him, I hate to hear him cry but now I just feel terrible, I can't take it anymore. I'm tired, angry and anxious but mostly just so very sad. I've failed him and my older boys (who are missing out on so much) and I don't know how to fix it. Honestly I'm so tired my eyes sting every time I blink
He's 8 months old, breastfed, eating 3 solid meals a day plus snacks. He's 95th percentile for weight and length and seems to be reaching all his milestonees accordingly. He has recently got his 1st tooth, so I know some of his restlessness is attributed to that but surely not the last couple of months? Especially since he used to sleep OK. He was having 2 day sleeps, one in the morning for 1-2 hours and one in the afternoon for about 1 hour and then he did sleep during night but was feeding once or twice which I am totally fine with - I actually really loved those late night feeds, just me and him snuggled together... but now he finishes his feed, and most times cries. I've even tried giving him formula but that didn't help at all. It's like he can't get back to sleep or something. I really am at a total loss. I've tried all sorts of things.... music, white noise, low lighting, co-sleeping, self settling, rocking, patting, singing, getting daddy to help him to sleep, Brauer Calm, panadol, bonjella... etc
Maybe I'm just a crappy mum?
Does anyone have any advice?
Thanks - Reece