Hello, I was reluctant to start another "help me" thread, but I thought I may as well post my personal situation and hope that someone out there can suggest that little thing that may help us!
My DD is now 12 months old. DD was an excellent sleeper up until she was 5 months old, when I moved her from her basinette in our room into her cot in her own room. Each night she woke more and more until eventually DH was falling asleep on her floor settling her or she was ending up in our bed. I become so exhausted from getting up so many times during the night that we decided to move her cot into our room when she was 8 months old. I was expecting some big miracle thinking that as soon as she come back in with us that she would start sleeping through again - boy was I wrong!?
DD still continued to wake often and I was still exhausted, so we removed one side of her cot and pushed her cot up against our bed, so she is basically co sleeping but still in her own little bed. DD still ends up in our bed some nights. She really likes to be sleeping in my arms. DD is also a terrible day sleeper. DD will sleep for approximately 40 minutes after I put her to sleep then she will wake and want to sleep in my arms for around 2 hours. If I just lay with her and settle her back to sleep then leave her in her bed she will continue to wake her up, so I find it easier just to sit or lay with her.
I also have my 6 year old DS who is in school during the week so spending all this time with DD sleeping is not a major issue until weekends or school holidays! I can't exactly expect DS to entertain himself for 2-2.5 hours while I tend to DD's sleep needs! I find this really upsetting to know that the time that I should be spending with DS is taken away by DD being such an unsettled sleeper.
I'm also not getting enough done around the house! Which drives me nutty and makes me feel like things are out of control... Arrgh! Sorry, this has turned into a little of a vent thread
DD is bottle fed and has been from 6 months (my BF goal was 12 months but my milk supply dwindled, even after using Motilium) and she is having 3 meals a day plus snacks. DD also has a dummy.
I am totally against controlled crying and those types of things. I know why DD is waking and it's because she is so reliant on me, she just wants to be with me all the time.
Thank you so much for reading if you managed to make it this far... If anyone can offer me any advice I would be very appreciative!