Meghan - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )
My son has this weird cycle. For a week or two he will sleep pretty much all night from about 7:45ish to somewhere between 6-8 am. Then all of a sudden he will start waking in the middle of the night and he will keep me up for 2-3 hours at least. He wakes up crying but as soon as I go in and pick him up and rock him, he is calm. He will lay content in my arms while I rock him, but he just refuses to go to sleep. I usually get frustrated after an hour sometimes close to 2 of rocking. Then I bring him down and turn on the tv and we stay up for a little....sometimes 1/2 hour upto 1 hour...then I take him back up.....most of the time he falls asleep after 15 min of rocking sometimes it takes more.
I just get so frustrated that he won't go back to sleep because I don't know the reason. He isn't crying or fussing but he doesn't really want to play either. He just won't go back to sleep. It is really hard to stay patient with him because I need the sleep. During the day he is does not really have a dependable nap time....but its mostly 1 nap in the late morn or early afternoon for anywhere from 1-3 hours. He is really good mostly during the day....cranky late in the day but that is not unusual.
I was just wondering if anybody has any suggestions because during these times I get sooo tired and I find it hard to concentrate during the day (and I need to concentrate because I do online courses during the day at home). We have tried a bit of cry it out and that hasn't worked....besides I can't let him cry in the middle of the night because my husband has to get up early for work. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks