Hey girls, sorry I've been so MIA lately. I tend to post here in spurts.
We've been doing pretty good here. Judah is a relatively happy baby with bright eyes and an easy smile. He's still little (about 14lbs) but gaining and is content most of the time.
However we are having some major issues with sleeping. And please don't judge me when I say this but because DH approached me about it and we talked through it, we've been doing CIO.
Originally he was sleeping until about 4, I would feed him and he would sleep until 6-6:30 which is when I have to get up with my son anyway so it worked out fine. However, he would always wake up at least once between the time I put him to bed and when I fed him and I would have to get up and give him his paci.
Then it got worse. J was waking up every hour from about 1am - 3am and I would finally feed him at 3 but then he would be up again at 5 and then at 6:30. To me, at 5 months old he shouldn't be waking up more than once to eat at night, especially if he was waking up at 6 for the day. And it was so rough on my sleep and on DH's sleep because he would often hear me getting up out of bed and hear me being frustrated that I had to keep getting up over and over.
So last Monday after a really rough night we decided to try letting him CIO. DH let me go in to soothe him but he probably cried for ... a couple hours. He ended up going to sleep though and then waking at about 4:30 to eat, then not until 7ish. The next night was a lot better and we had mostly good nights for the rest of the week.
Enter this week. For the past two nights he has woken up at about 2am and he cries and cries. My alarm goes off at 4am to feed him but the past two nights I haven't even remembered turning it off and then at about 5:30 I wake up and hear him crying (still?) and finally feed him, then he sleeps until 8 after that.
Also, coincidentally, he just changed his feeding schedule during the day from eating 7 times to eating 6 times. Clearly, he's hungry when he wakes up at night because soothing him doesn't work. Once DH went in and held him and he was just wide awake and rooting around. But shouldn't he be able to make up for it during the day if he doesn't get it at night? I let him eat as often as he wants during the day. Today I had to wake him up from his nap because it had been over four hours since he had eaten.
At this point, I really really hate letting him cry for hours and hours at night. It breaks me apart. But what is my alternative? It's been a LONG time since he ate more than once at night so he's not used to doing that at all but why does he keep waking up anyway?