Desperate for help w/ 6 month up every two hours at night!!! HELP??

Krystle - posted on 11/21/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am a young mother of two children one is 2 1/2 and the other is 6 months. I let my DD CIO when she was 6 months old but I hated it and am finding it very difficult to do it to DS (6 month old) BUT I am SO depressed and tired. I can't function in the day, I can't play w/ DD and I find I am mean to her just b/c I'm too tired to entertain her. I am mean to DH. I take care of them 90% by myself b/c DH works crazy hours so when he's not working he's sleeping and my family lives 800 miles away. I cry b/c I feel like letting him CIO could be detrimental to him but I can't go on like this anymore :( Any advice or support would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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Jennifer - posted on 11/22/2012

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I agree 100% with Alison. It sounds like you are in desperate need of some time to yourself. It even sounds as if you could be suffering from post partum depression, which would be something you really need to discuss with your doctor asap.

Alison - posted on 11/21/2012

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It sounds like you've got care-giver's fatigue. It might help if you had a friend who could step in and help you by giving you a break to run errands or take a walk. I know you said your family lives pretty far away, so they might not be able to be there. If you had a little "me" time for yourself when they are taking a nap (by "me" I mean, no cleaning, no cooking...just relax or even nap when they nap) it may help some. Stress accumulates though, if you are feeling very depressed you might want to talk to your doctor about it. I hope things get better for you soon!

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