Three hours , three hours. Thats hiw long it took me nursing and fighting Ronin to go to sleep last night. I'm pretty sure he didn't even stay asleep that long before he woke uo screaming. I am starting to reach my limit and starting to doubt my abilities and wondering what I should do. I have considered calling child health to make an appointment but i know they will just tell me put him in his room, close the door and leave him scream until he passes out from tiredness. I have no idea if there is a sleeo school anywhere nearby, or if it is through public health system or how much they cost. I know there is one in Brisbane burt then we have to fly down there and that gets expensive plus me getting the time off work is probably impossible, it would have to be done in the next couple of weeks because i have too much on at work and another management person is on leave for four or five weeks after the end of this month
Oh my goodness, Wendy. I'd be at my wits' end too I don't know all the details of what he's doing but is it possible there's something going on, like a silent ear infection that hurts more when he lies down or something? Would be nice if there was an easy answer like that, anyway...
If it's a silent ear infection it's been going on since birth and he has had his ears chexked a few times when sick in that time. He just fights sleep or he will nurse and get himself nice and drowsy and almost asleep but if i try and pop him of he fights it and pushes my hand away then will nurse more until has his fill and has relaxed enough to recharge his batteries and is off again for hours
Ugh. That does sound like it's a sleep issue and not a physical issue. I'm so sorry. I think I would have lost it a long time ago...you're doing amazingly well if you've been putting up with that for nearly two years!
Not had much choice i have tried nearly everything, bar leaving him in his room with the door closed and walking away. Thats all the advice i get from medical people as well. He isn't due to see child health until between 2.5 and 3.5 though they recommended coming in on the earlier side of that range as they do alot of checks in development in that appointment including speech and like to get supports in as early as possible if there is an issue. I did a quick google search of sleep schools and they are all in the south east corner or bigger towns and don't travel.
It's nearly eight am and he is still asleep, lucky him
That's a good question, Mel. Or, if it's really not anything physical, maybe letting him cry but with you IN the room? I wouldn't let an infant cry at ALL without trying to intervene, but at this age, if you're right there, he can understand that he's not abandoned, you mean it when you say bedtime, and you're just not giving in. I am very anti-CIO, but I think dealing with infants and dealing with toddlers are two separate adventures...sorry, wasn't really ready to post this but: TODDLER HIT THE POST BUTTON.
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