January 8, 2009

Desperately Seeking Advice . . .

Ok, first of all, we are still without our computer at home so I am unable to post any pictures. It really stinks because we have so many cute ones to post! As soon as we get it back I will be able to post. I have not been posting much because I am not as interesting as some of my other blogger buddies and I have no fun stories to tell . . . we get up, go to work/school, come home, eat dinner, pack our lunches for next day, feed/play with Robbie and go to bed and that is pretty much it!

Second and most importantly, I am seeking advice from my Mommy friends. I hate to admit it, but Robbie has been sleeping in the swing (in motion) for at least a month or longer. From the day we brought him home up until then he had slept just fine in the pack and play and Kevin and I were getting ready to make the transition to the crib, but then all of a sudden he kept waking up every 20 minutes to every hour during the night. I was already back to work and in desperation for sleep we turned to the swing. Shame on us that he is still sleeping in the swing, but we just can't get him out of it! We really want to make the transition to the crib, but we are not sure how to do it without sacrificing our much needed rest. Also, over the last couple of weeks he has started to wake during the night again. Usually he goes down around 8pm (trust me, there is NO WAY to move that later, we have tried) and wakes around 2am. I feed him and he will then sleep until we get up for work. Some nights he will wake at midnight and two or two and four, but for the most part it is mostly just once at two. Anyway, I am desperately seeking any advice to help us trasition to the crib. We have attempted it but he wakes up after about twenty minutes and screams (and I mean screams!) until we finally come in to get him. We tried the comfort and then leave again thing, but he has that figured out and will continue to scream until we pick him up. My step mom suggested getting a sleep positioner because he likes to be cuddled so much and seems to startle himself awake in the crib, but we are not sure if we should just get a plain one or one that vibrates . . . anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

6 comments:

Katie said...

Do you have a "Swaddle Me"? It's like a little pouch that velcros so it keeps babies swaddled. I wonder if a sleep positioner AND a swaddle me would work a little bit. (You can keep his arms out if he likes it that way, or put only one in the swaddler.) Just anything to keep him cozy so he's super comfortable... What a dilema! And no one would blame you for having him sleep in his swing. You do what you've gotta do!!

Brooke said...

Ahhhh, dont worry!!! Carter slept in his car seat for the first 5 months of his life!!! For the first 2-3 months he was swaddled AND in the car seat!! Talk about snug! Who could blame him..he did spend 9 months all balled up inside me! His pediatrician didnt care so neither did we. We knew he was safe...the idea that they have to sleep in a crib is silly if you think about it. There is plenty of time to change. Carter just decided one day that he was uncomfortable in it and boom, he was done.

The waking thing seems to go in spurts. Carter has gone from sleeping through the night to waking, to sleeping through the night and now, thanks to teething he's up again. Its just part of it I think!! I bet Robbie is going thru a little growth spurt. So, dont worry there--remember "this too shall pass"!

Love to all...and give little "R" a kiss!

Meghann Whitmer said...

Lillian did not really sleep through the night until she was almost one! I do not know what to tell you....so just let him sleep in the swing. Can you blame him it does sound kinda of cozy! Good luck on your work trip. You will make it!

MoCos said...

I have never had a baby so I say do what you need to do to sleep mama!! Get that computer fixed so we can see new pictures.. Robby has probably changed so much!

Liz said...

I'm a rough and tough one! I say on the weekend start letting him cry it out for 15 min. Then go in and rub his back, but don't pick him up, give him a few comforting words and walk out again. If its really bad then you can give him a little milk.

KelseyB said...

The swing won't kill him. Our boys slept in their bouncy seats for almost 4 months, I think. We finally just moved them (the chairs) into their room and then eventually into the cribs. THEN transitioned out of the chairs onto the mattress. It took awhile, and, like Meghann said, our boys (also) didn't sleep through the night until they were almost one. I actually think it was past that. Good luck! Do what you have to do...like I said, the swing won't kill him.