I cannot be happier that February is now here. I type this out looking at Ethan’s video monitor and I see him squirming around, waking up from his nap. Know what the problem is? He’s been asleep for a mere 25 minutes. That’s it. It’s his new thing. The baby will.not.nap longer than 25 minutes unless we’re on a long road trip in the car seat. Okay, that’s exaggerating a bit…most of his naps are 25 mins. When we were at my sister-in-law’s house earlier this week he took five 25 minute naps all day. It takes me at least 1/2 hour to get him down for a nap to try to decrease his chances of puking himself awake, for him to wake up 25 minutes later….and puke. I want…to pull…..out……all.my.hair! What’s the friggin’ point of even putting this baby down for a “nap” if all he does is blink and is awake? I spend more time prepping for the nap than the actual nap itself! Then he wants to eat more…then he pukes more and it’s a vicious cycle that we cannot escape.
It’s the light at the end of my tunnel. February is here and in 15 days my son will be 4 months old and then I can sleep train. Normally I don’t want to will these precious weeks away, but in this case, 4 months cannot come fast enough! Braden was the exact same way at this age and it is SO tiring! If you’ve been around reading this blog for awhile, you know that I am 100% pro-sleep training. With my method using SleepEasy (not affiliated with, but will sing their praises until the proverbial cows come home), training can begin at 4 months if they weigh 14 lbs. Ethan was 13 lbs 7.5 oz at his 3 month mark, so I’m thinking he’ll have gained at least 8 oz in the last month to get him to 14 lbs.
Ethan has his 4 month appointment on Valentine’s Day, so I’ll see how much he weighs then, talk to our doctor about possibly putting him on reflux meds to see if they will at all slow down his puking, and see if he has any concerns which I can guarantee you he won’t. Ethan has his 4 month vaccinations on the 21st and a chiropractic reassessment on the 20th so I will likely wait to full on sleep train him until the end of the month. But if these naps don’t improve much in the next while, I might start training him for his naps because if he cries or fusses, at least it won’t bother Braden. Then maybe he’ll have an easier time training for night sleep.
I have started to dreamfeed Ethan before I go to bed. I haven’t seen a huge improvement yet, but I’m hoping that it will come. It always baffles me how he can sleep up to 10 hours one night and be up every 2-3 hours the next. These babies sure march to the beat of their own drum! If you’re struggling with sleep issues with your babe too…let’s hang in there! “This too shall pass”….it’s been said a zillion times, but I cling to that – it’s SO true!
As I said earlier, I think Ethan will take really well to sleep training. He still is a thumb-sucker and is getting more and more coordinated at it. He doesn’t rely on a soother for sleep which is awesome, because I hated taking Braden’s away when he turned 2! Ethan can still put himself to sleep, though this hasn’t happened near as often as it did when he was younger. He’s more aware of everything now, so him putting himself to sleep doesn’t happen as often, BUT the good thing is I know he’s capable of it.
So in summary…hooray I can sleep train soon!