6:30 Feed, 10-15 min nap
9:30 Feed, Nap 20 min
2:30 Feed Nap 20 min
5:00 - 5:30 Feed, Bed
2:00 - 4:30 Feed - CONSTANTLY
He is pretty much asleep all night.... if I feed him. If either DH or I try and get him back to sleep with cuddles, rocking or the sling he just wakes up fully and then its hours before he will go back to sleep, however if I feed him when he starts to wind up then he will go straight back to sleep, that is of course what got us into this mess! I really don't mind feeding him a few times a night but it has been eight months of this now.... worse when he is teething! He co-sleeps which is lovely, we have tried him in a bassinet but he wont sleep unless we are there.
He has an early bedtime only because he cannot seem to stay awake past 5. I have tried a later nap time but if he is put down any time after 3 he just takes it as bed and then wakes up earlier! Dont mind the early start so much, but really need more sleep to handle it! As far as the short naps go, he wakes up smiling and fully refreshed.... no problems with that.
We have tried to get him to go to sleep without the breast but he can and will scream forever.... no exaggeration. We have tried but we have never persisted past fifteen min of full on screaming and sweating (all in arms of course) before giving him the breast. We REALLY are not interested in CIO (although I assume you are all the same).
He has never slept for longer than four hours at a time and that was when he first came home from the hospital... from four months he has not slept longer than two hours.
I am pretty sure he does not have GER as we have tried infant gaviscol and made no difference. Oh and yes he is on solids (I was hoping that might help). He is a great eater and has three meals a day now plus snacks..... hasnt dropped any milk feeds though - as you can see!
Any ideas? I am really at the end of my tether, I simply cannot keep this up! I do try and sleep through some of the feeds but am a very light sleeper and its really impossible. I need help. I am falling apart and feel like I am not being as good a Mum as I could be because I just have no energy during the day. I feel like maybe MIL was right and we have created a monster with the AP style parenting.... ok so I know thats not true but I am starting to second guess myself. I am up to try anything.