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Acorns to Oaktrees

July 20th, 2001 at 11:29 am

More Sleeping

I think sleeping is like singing. Some are operatic wonders, many can carry a tune, most can sing along, and some are totally tone deaf.

Chunguita is not going to wean any time soon. If it were up to me or I really wanted a war with my daughter, I’d wean her now. When the day comes and her reaction to nursing is more along the lines of “Okay, sure, whatever” instead of “YEAH, I’M GOING TO NURSE!!! NURSING IS GOOD!!! HURRY!!! HURRY!!! HHHUUUURRRRRRYYYY!!!”, I’ll wean her.

I would love it if DH were able to put her to sleep or back to sleep, but he can’t. I think part of the problem is that DH used to think that if he lay in his recliner with Chunguita on his chest, she’d go to sleep. And she did when she was a really little baby, but once she was more mobile, he would pin her to him, not allowing her to move and insisting, rather forcibly, that she go to sleep right now. She would scream. They spent hours like that. And, sure, most times she would eventually go to sleep; exhausted, no doubt, from screaming for an hour. I had to leave the house, and DH’s mood was terrible after that.

Now, whenever she thinks DH is going to put her to sleep, she becomes very agitated, leading quickly to frantic screaming. She is old enough that she won’t fall asleep, exhausted from screaming. She can keep herself awake. It’s extremely unpleasant to listen to her from 3 am to 6:30 am when DH has tried to get her to go back to sleep. And the cycle quickly leads to a migraine for me, an extremely unpleasant DH, and a very tired, very cranky Chunguita. If you’re wondering, it’s even worse to listen to her scream from 3 am to 6:30 am when I am in so much pain that I can’t bear to move, but I have to move because I vomit every hour.

Some people tell me that it would be better to fight this sleep battle, now, but I just can’t imagine that Chunguita is going to be 15 years old and still needing me to nurse her to sleep. I can imagine that she will be 10 and still need me to help her to sleep. And, call me crazy, but that seems better than a perpetual state of migraines, unpleasant DH, and cranky beyond belief Chunguita, now.

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