Oh this kid...not a good sleeper. I was hoping since DAHLIA was also not a good sleeper that kiddo #2 would be! I was wrong. It's an ongoing process...somedays he'll sleep 7-8 hours at night (whohooo!), granted that's been usually from about 6:30 til 2:30 - which still sucks for me, but at least I KNOW he can sleep a good chunk of time. Mostly though he sleeps for about 3 hours, then for another 3-4 hours & again. I'm trying to wean him (see future post) so I end up falling asleep in the chair with him for 2+ hours around midnight. I wake up with a terrible crick in my neck. At least usually I can just lay him down & go to bed...but sometimes I just give in & sleep with him. I definitely get the best sleep while sleeping with him. Even though he virtually 'nurses' the whole time. Hmph.
I know it needs to end. He needs to learn how to sleep. I need to get decent sleep. I fight myself with knowing that he's the last baby & wanting to cuddle him every possible minute that I can. I also wake up crabby & sore from sleeping in a chair. *sigh* It's a no-win situation. I'm hoping one of these days he'll start sleeping a good 12 hours (hahahahahaha!) I'm still reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" or whatever it's called & some of it is very helpful indeed...but mostly I'm just frustrated that he won't sleep all night. I mean...he's 9 months old for crying out loud! (Mindy - I know I'm preaching to the choir with you on this one!).
Ah well...I shall take the sleeping when I can get it. He goes down for 2 naps a day (at least) whether he likes it or not. On the advice of the book (& others) he stays in his crib for at least 1 hour - sleeping or crying...I think at least he's getting used to his crib....hopefully hopefully hopefully one of these days he'll love sleeping!