Brie - posted on 06/12/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )
My son is now nearly 14 weeks and sleeps less now than he did as a newborn!
The longest stretch at night he sleeps for is 3 hours. After that he is up every hour to hour and a half. This is what last night looked like.
Down at 9. Up at 11. 1, 3:30, 4:30-6.
My husband and I simply CANNOT live off this little sleep. And my son doesn't hardly nap during the day. Maybe little 15-20 min naps about 3 times a day but that's it.
Yes, we've got him on a nighttime schedule. Bath, massage, book, cuddle etc....I'll let him nurse to sleep. then put him down.
I've tried so many times to put him in his crib while he is drowsy and he'll wake up screaming and crying, and the only thing that puts him back to sleep is if i put him on a boob again.
Seriously, my nipples are SO sore! Oh, his latch is fine and everything. I'm just sure that they wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't constantly nursing. He is NEVER done nursing. He would nurse 24/7 if i let him. Unless he falls asleep while nursing, he will stay latched on for HOURS. If i take him off, he will get mad, and go "eh eh eh" and do a cute little duck face.
Its come down to were i have to CHOOSE between eating, sleeping, showering, or cleaning the house when he sleeps. He's super clingy and the moment i put him down, he screams his head off.
We did have a swing for him that was really nice, but it broke. He absolutely hates being in his baby carrier and being in it longer than 15 mins it starts to cut off circulation to his legs.
My husband and I don't have tons of money to buy stuff for this, so any suggestions that don't require us to spend money would be appreciated.
We don't really like co-sleeping. I find it uncomfortable and my husband is a restless sleeper who thrashes and throws elbows in his sleep. Sometimes I'll nap with my son on the bed but we all prefer that he sleeps in his crib.
Could his lack of sleep be something medical? He seems pretty happy otherwise. Not cranky or overtired. Should I try a modified version of the CIO method and let him cry just for a short while (like 10 mins) before going in? (thats what my mom suggested doing, because i was JUST like my son as a baby)
Please help! This lack of sleep is killing our marriage and house.