In a nice dovetail to the "happy or miserable" thread, I am dying over here.
Reid. Love him to peices with all of my heart, but he is going to be the death of me.
He's 4 months old, and he has learned to roll from his back to his tummy. He can also sometimes roll from him tummy to his back, but that is less consistent. I bet some of you know where this is going already.
So he hates tummy time. Always has. No matter how long it's been since he last ate, he ALWAYS throws up when he's on his tummy. It's just inevitable, like death and taxes. Tummy Time = Throw Up Time. Still, we've dutifully done it every day, even though neither of us get any joy out of the experience. Lately though, he has been rolling on his tummy and then getting stuck there, and then he starts crying because he hates being on his tummy. I let him stay stuck for a few minutes hoping that the injustice of it all will give him Hulk Strength and he'll learn to roll back onto his back again. Sometimes it works. Most of the time he stays on his tummy crying and puking until I give up and roll him back over. Then he promptly rolls onto his tummy again, and we start the whole thing over again. I don't mind that so much during the day. We've been going through a ton of blankets every day because of all of the spitting up, and I wish it was more fun for us, but other than that, whatever. This too shall pass.
The problem is, he does it at night too. On one hand, I don't really want him sleeping on his tummy anyway because I'm still scared of SIDS, so I suppose I should be grateful that he wakes up and alerts me so I can come roll him back over onto his back. On the other hand, ZOMG. We have been getting up every hour on the hour for nights and nights now because every hour he rolls over onto his tummy and wakes up screaming to be rescued. Also, he's always been really tough to get to sleep. I have tried the whole "putting him down drowsy but awake" thing about half a zillion times, and still the only way I've ever found to get him to sleep involves rocking and nursing. Occassionally now he will fall asleep sucking his thumb instead of nursing, but there still needs to be rocking. So I'm up every hour, rocking him back to sleep, laying him back down, spending a few minutes going back to sleep myself, only to be woken up again in about 40 minutes. I. am. DYING. I woke up for work this morning feeling like I had been on an all night tequila bender or something - pounding headache, upset stomach, the works.
I asked his ped about it at his four month appt on Friday, and he suggested rolled up receiving blankets on either side of him to keep him from rolling, but I don't want to do that because I'm worried he will smother himself. He doesn't just roll in his sleep, he also moves all over the crib; he's usually flipped around 180 degrees and all the way in one of the corners of crib by the time I go get him, even though I always leave him in the center of the thing. So adding blankets or a sleep positioner to that whole mix just sounds like a bad idea to me.
I do NOT remember this with T. Maybe I blocked it out in some sort of sleep deprived last bid to hold on to my sanity?
I'm losing it over here. Please, no one tell me to be grateful as I rock my sweet baby back to sleep for the 6th time tonight, because I will fashion a voodoo doll out of crumpled burp clothes and tears and name it after you.