Hi. Have you met my baby? She's really cute:
She's also really smart. Her most recent words are 'credit card' and 'octopus'.
She's also really sweet. This is her giving Cookie Monster kissies at bathtime:
SHE ALSO WILL NOT SLEEP AT NIGHT AND THIS WOMAN IN HER THIRTIES IS LOSING HER MARBLES SO SOMEONE OUT THERE IN BLOGLAND PLEASE HELP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
In fairness, a few things have happened in the last six weeks. We've weaned off the bottle completely, gotten molars, wrestled with bronchitis, and are currently at the tail end of an ear infection. Things for Bubbie Bubberooni have not been easy. But this is getting ridiculous.
Let me give you a glimpse into what last night was like. Keep in mind this is not the worst it's been in the last few weeks-- this is just a typical night in the C house nowadays:
7:00-Get ready for bed and try to rock to sleep-- all while AB screams her face off
7:30-Mom, exhausted, passes AB to Daddy
7:30-8:00 Daddy calms AB down while Mom consults sleep book for some sort of magical formula
8:00- Mom tries bedtime again-- more screaming
8:30- Mom puts AB in her crib to 'cry it out' (aka torture herself)
9:00- AB grows tired of crying, so SHE FALLS ASLEEP WHILE STANDING UP IN HER CRIB
9:05- Mom goes to lay AB down, then strokes her face as she falls back asleep
9:10- Mom sneaks out of the room, knowing by now which areas of the room creak and avoids stepping on them and waking AB up
1:00am- AB is awake, screaming
1:15-1:45am- Mom goes in to try to lay her down, tries the 'stroke and sneak out' approach that worked earlier-- not this time
2:00am- Mom brings AB to bed with her and Daddy, exhausted
3:00am- Mom moves AB back to her crib
4:00am- AB is awake again, Mom is too exhausted to do anything other than bring her back to bed with her
6:30am- AB is awake, happy as can be. Mom mumbles to herself while making breakfast and thinks a straightjacket may be in order
Weissbluth says to let her cry it out, but for no longer than an hour (AB can go for an hour, easy). Ferber suggests the 'progressive wait' approach, which I tried last week and resulted in FOUR HOURS of pure hell. I've googled, and I don't see anything about what to do when your child falls asleep standing up. Or how the hell you're supposed to know when your child is sick versus teething versus in a bad sleep habit.
A woman in her thirties uses her resources, and you, blogverse, are my resources. I'm ready for you all to help solve my problems. Ready... go: