Im sure I've mentioned it before, But Blake hasn't always had the best sleeping habits. When he was born he was the most colicky little booger. I swear we had several bottles of Gripe Water in the fridge ready to go. We honestly should of bought it by the case. Anyway, after a couple months of age Blake started sleeping longer. I've never appreciated sleep so much in my life! Then the teeth started coming in, The "growth spurts". Then bad dreams started to occur. Is what I assume is happening. He tosses and turns and cries himself awake. Sometimes if I am lucky he just falls right back to sleep, But it still makes me jump out of bed. Other and most times it wakes him up completely then of course he cries for me and I cave and feel guilty and just put him in bed with me.
The Struggle is REAL.. Since the night we brought him home, I never sleep more than a couple hours at a time. We ended up putting his crib in our room a couple months ago. Because he was outgrowing the playpen he was sleeping in, By our bed.. My original plan was for him to get used to his crib so that when we move it back into his room it will be an easier transition. So during all of this shenanigans, Ive decided I want to stop breast feeding. Because well I am tired of my nipples being snapped on by my now 6 toothed minion. I want him to learn he can't just soothe on my nipples anymore and not look at me as walking "Lunch Buckets".. It his SO HARD. I cave. Like all of the time. On top of him being nearly a sheltered child, Only hanging out with mostly mom. Blake needs me in his sight, almost AT ALL TIMES. He needs me to nap with him or NO naps at all. Because if I set him down he will just cry and cry. His cry isn't total being a jerk tantrum cry but a cry like "Oh my god you hurt my heart" Kinda cry. And again I cave. I just love him so much. It hurts my heart. So oh more sprinkles on top. While trying to establish a schedule. Self soothing etc. Dads schedule is always different. So this obviously doesn't help the situation. But I did notice when dad is home, Blake sleeps better. Meaning we all sleep better. I suppose he can sense or pick up on the vibes. I guess we are just cheesy and complete when the family is all together.
So I bought this thing called The Lully Sleep Guardian, Thinking it was night terrors ruining Blake's sleep every night. So I gave it a chance. But honestly, It's just me being dramatic. ( Shocking ) I suppose I just need to be a little more patient. I'm thinking he is just going through a faze of bad dreams. But the product was pretty neat. Its a device that sends off vibrations while they sleep. To stir the child around to prevent bad dreams in their next sleep cycle. It keeps record and helps you prepare on times you should set the device off. You download the app on your phone. That makes it more convenient. It also sets a reminder so you know when and don't forget what time to set the device etc. They do a 30 money back guarantee. It was worth the try.
I decided the week after our trip. Back home, It is time to work a little harder on nap time and sleep training alone. After a week it's started to go very well! I mean holy shit!, I am feeling accomplished as fuck this week! Seriously go me. I am always on top of keeping house tidy. But I've been spring cleaning this summer in this household. Today Blake took a 2 1/2 hour nap! What!? Is this the same kid. lol. I even got to shower and wash my hair. I am finally using the baby monitor again. ( I haven't seen any ghosts or monsters yet. ) Naps went from me nursing him and having to nap or lay with him during. To randomly getting lucky and sneaking away after I nursed him to sleep, To being able to lay with him and give him a bottle of water not milk and soothe him to sleep. And finally laying him in the crib and rubbing his back till he falls asleep. Then I dance my happy butt out of the room and rush to get things done.
Next stop... Moving his crib back into his bedroom.. I don't know though. I kinda like his crib next to my bed.