After a good four weeks of a sleepless child, I figured it was time to drag him to the doctor’s office. I mean, this can’t be normal, right? Waking up five or six times PER NIGHT? Usually I can pull him in bed with us and he chills out. Last night? He started clapping. I guess he was all “Woo hoo! Play time with the ‘rents! Yay!” Oy. I am so tired. Anyway, today’s visit reiterated how much I love our pediatrician. He used to be my pediatrician, and I may or may not have seen him until I was 21. Maybe. He chatted with me for a good half an hour about this sleep problem.
His opinion is that this is purely behavioral, Knox doesn’t have any underlying ear infection, sickness or anything that could be causing this (which is what I was wondering about). He said teething could play a part in things, but not for this length of time and certainly doesn’t warrant waking up that many times a night (especially since I give him Tylenol for teething pain). We talked about his routine, what he does when he wakes up, what and who he wants when he wakes up, etc. Basically, the problem is that Knox likes me too much. What a problem to have, right? While I am quite flattered that he wants to spend every second with me, I am also a very tired person.
I tried to let him cry some again last night, and yet again, vomiting ensued. Dr. T said that this overly-sensitive gag reflex certainly complicates letting him cry and definitely understood why I was not comfortable with it.
He said that at this age, especially with him still nursing, babies love their mamas. Knox wakes up and has separation anxiety, so he wants me and he wants to nurse. Dr. T asked how long I planned to breast feed, commended me for sticking with it for so long. That being said, he told me he wasn’t suggesting that I stop breast feeding, rather making sure that I am aware that if I chose to stop, it wouldn’t make me a bad mother- just a tired one. I know that, but I have to say, I am determined to make it a year. What’s another six weeks in the long run? I really want to go a little longer than a year, but I don’t think I can keep up this sleep schedule much longer. He did suggest giving him a cup of milk, and I do think I am going to start pumping again and start replacing some of Knox’s nursing sessions with a sippy cup of breast milk in hopes that this helps with the night time situation and weaning totally in January. My guess is that this will tick him off beyond belief, but we’re doing it anyway.
The doctor’s main suggestion was that I have a night away every once in a while for 1) health reasons( ie: sleep) and 2) sanity reasons. He said to make sure to say goodbye to Knox and let him see us leave the house so he doesn’t expect me to come pick him up when he wakes up. So, I think my mom and sister may come over Friday while Trevor and I do whatever elsewhere. I like the idea of keeping him at home so he relates waking up in his own room with the fact that I don’t have to be the one to pick him up. The doc thinks this will help start the process and let him know that there’s a new situation starting in our house, and it does not include getting up 45 times in one evening.
Wish me luck, and keep my poor babysitters in your prayers because they’re going to have a hard time!