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Ok here it is: my 14 months old is a miserable sleeper. Falling asleep, staying asleep, napping - it all does not come easy to her, or me that is. We've gone through plenty of phases, none good, all exhausting on my part. There were those first three months were she only napped in my arms, then those four months were I was up all night every night rocking her heavy self while spending all day trying to get her to nap, then came the morning nap refusal combined with tired crankiness, and last but not least those way-to-early wakings that have been going on forever it seems. Rocking, swaying, singing, nursing - you name it I'm doing it. I know more than likely none of you can fix this for me (not even Elisabeth Pantley can), but it would be so lovely if some of you could just tell me that I'm doing ok. I'm just so tired of not being able to moan about this without someone making me feel that I've brought this all on myself by not parenting my daughter 'the right way' (ie Ferber & Co.) or worse, that I am somehow harming my baby either by not giving her enough sleep hence hindering development or by not teaching her to sleep independently (we are co-sleeping). Thanks for listening - feels good even to write it down!