When my son was 5 months old, he stopped wanting to be rocked to sleep. He did much better if I just put him down in bed and let him go to sleep on his own.
That lasted about 4 months, until my son had his first really bad illness and trouble falling to sleep as a result. During this time I started bouncing him to sleep.
Operation No More Bouncer took a lot longer than it should have. I am embarassed to admit – we used that bouncer to get to sleep from ages 9 months to 16 months old. :O
Then we had a VERY short period of time where sleeping wasn’t that big of a deal.
After my hubs came home from his deployment this last time, we brought Squishy into bed with us a lot more then we should have. My husband loved the extra time with him, and I certainly wasn’t complaining.
Before I knew it, Squishy was asking to sleep with me.
When my hubs deployed this last time, my son took it harder than in previous deployments. Suddenly my independent, outgoing son was clingy and worried every time I would step out on my own.
At this same time, we began having MASSIVE bedtime issues. My son would get out of be on a good night 15 times before falling asleep. Other nights we lost count around 42.
I felt like he needed the reassurace of mommy being there for him. I gave in, and just let him start to go to sleep in my bed. Most nights that meant he would only get out of bed 2-3 times before falling to sleep.
Next thing I knew he wanted naps in mommy’s bed.
He tries everything he can to stay up.
- Mommy – peepee
- Mommy – water
- Mommy – toe hurts
- Mommy – sing
- Mommy – read
Not to mention – he is a TOTAL bed hog. My king sized bed feels like a twin when there is a Squishy monster in it. Feet in my face, toes in my back, and more than one midnight head bump.
I have pretty much tried everything.
I am at my whits end. I hate ending my days so stressed and frustrated.
It is hard enough single parenting let alone dealing with this night after night after night.
I feel like I get no break from being the bad guy.
I am lost between feeling like my son needs me during this rough time of having his daddy gone, and feeling like I need a break for just me, and a few nights of not fighting tooth and nail to get him to sleep…
FYI – it was nearly midnight before my son crashed tonight. That boy has some serious will power.
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