Hey! Maybe instead of avoiding writing on my blog every day except for Monday, I will actually manage to get back to writing. I’ve been enjoying Microblog Monday’s, but maybe it has turned into an excuse not to write, something along the lines of “well, at least I wrote on Monday…”
So, onto the topic of today’s post.
I need to night wean. Wallace needs to night wean. We both need better sleep and I need a respite from constantly burning calories nursing. He can fall asleep without nursing and we both know it. He can fall asleep in a back carry, in a car seat or stroller, while I’m rubbing his back, while I hold him in my arms, or just lying on the bed next to me. He has even fallen asleep drinking from or clutching his water bottle. He just would prefer to be on the boob!
The sleep problem has been compounded by these 8 teeth he is getting in, a nasty cough, an ear infection, and of course our trip to Michigan. He will fall asleep nursing but doesn’t want to unlatch. Or he will unlatch but will wake up begging for tata as soon as I try to set him down. He did have one amazing 7 hour stretch of sleep the night before he got sick, so I know it can happen.
I have been nursing him to sleep, getting him into his pack n play, and going to bed directly after. If he wakes up, I nurse him back to sleep and try to get him back in his bed at least once. If he nurses and nurses and won’t unlatch or wakes up after getting him onto a bed, then I tell him tatas are sleeping now and offer him water and a cuddle. If it is after 2am and I cannot manage sitting up and nursing, then I tell him tatas are sleeping and offer him water and a cuddle.
He doesn’t really like this but it is working for the most part. He is allowed to be upset about not getting to nurse but I just keep trying to get him to go back to sleep. It is reducing his need to constantly nurse at night. I’m hoping we can get some more amazing nights of sleep and he can end his habit of nursing all night. I want to be able to not offer him to nurse at all from 11 to 6. That is the big goal!
Also, if he wakes up before 6, we stay in bed and I let him nurse if he needs. Otherwise, he will get up and want breakfast. I just keep telling him that we are still sleeping and how long until we get up.
Currently, he has nursed the last 40 minutes and is being goofy. He won’t fall asleep and I’m quite irritated. I’m about to attempt us falling asleep next to each other but I’m not holding my breath.