Like most of you, I'm an exhausted mum to a beautiful 4 month old boy. He's never been a good sleeper, and usually would wake between 5-10 times during the night (from 9pm-7am). But, would take about 5 hours worth of naps during the day (also waking during the nap for a little feed). We cosleep, so it was fine with me and I could handle all the frequent wakings. But, over the past five weeks he won't even go to sleep even when exhausted. He'll stay awake for 8-9 hours or sometimes 12. My DH and I will both be exhausted by the time he'll finally sleep as we'll have been rocking, walking, swinging, nursing quite a lot during that time trying to help him sleep. He won't take naps anymore and won't sleep until about 10pm and awakes frequently during the night, and fully awakes by 6am. One time, after 3 hours of trying to get him to sleep off and on-I laid down on the bed with him, offered by breast (didn't want) and then just held him. He cried hard for one minute, and then finally fell asleep for three hours.
He may be teething. So, I've tried giving him Tylenol before bed, but it doesn't make any difference. I've also just bought Orojel for his gums in case he's in lots of pain-but also no difference.
Anyhow, after weeks of so little sleep I feel like I am mentally going crazy. My DH is a huge help when he is home, but works 12 hours or so a day and is on call lots of weekends. Does anyone have any ideas for me how to get him to sleep and/or have any helpful hints on why he may be waking so often and sleeping so little?
Thanks so much,