Monday, August 30, 2010

Stressed over naps and routine!!!!!

I am having a hard day today!!! Noah got up at 2:30 lastnight and then at 6:30 and has only taken one nap today. I have tried numerous times to get him down for a nap and as soon as I put him in his cribs his eyes pop I put my hand on his belly and cheek and rock him a little....he goes back to sleep...then jumps and wakes himself up!!!!!!!!! I tried the bouncy seat...letting him sleep on me...NADA!!!! So b/c Mr. Noah hasn't slept much today his momma is a little bent out of shape :D And he is not a happy camper either. I guess you are wondering how the heck I am writing this post, well I put him in his carseat and turned on the "fluff" (that is what we call toots in our family) fan and rocked him to sleep. My child is in the powder room with the fluff fan on in his carseat napping!!! Yep, you do what works!!! So I am desperately wanting some advice. I may not take it, but it would be nice to know what worked for other ppl. How do I get my almost 4 month old on a schedule???

Just to clarify...he usually gets up for the day around 7 am....eats, plays, then naps!! However, he only naps for like 45 minutes and then the rest of the day consists of eating/playing and me trying to get him to nap again! It is frustrating b/c he is grumpy and I am tired!!!! And I just don't think I can do the whole let him cry thing!! I still feel he is too young for that!!! The only soothers he likes is my shoulder and the bottle!!!! Oh and rocking, but he does NOT like his swing....go figure! Maybe I should get a new swing???? So any suggestions would help this tired momma alot...b/c I still need to make my meal list for the week, finish all the laundry, get groceries and cook dinner....and it is already 4 pm. Not too mention all the in betweens like feed noah, bathe noah, change noah, take maggie out to potty, play with maggie, wash bottles, wash dishes, put up said clean clothes and towels........a woman's work is NEVER done! However, I know it is all soooooooo soooooooo soooooooo worth it! I do love my sweet boy and my life, but I just need a nap!!!! So maybe I should stop typing and take a nap...night night!!!


Jessica said...

Hey Dana! I've never posted before but I've been reading your blog for a while. Your little boy is so cute!

I have a 6 1/2 month old daughter and I know the joys and hardships of raising a little baby.

My advice when it comes to creating a schedule is just to pay attention to your little guy. Try to figure out when his alert times are. I know it's so hard when they don't nap. Or maybe try putting him down for a nap a little bit earlier than you normally do. I've read that sometimes the babies may get so tired that they can't sleep.

My little one usually only takes two naps during the day (morning and afternoon) and they range from 45 minutes to 2 hours. I never know which it's going to be. So trying to get things done around the house are h.a.r.d.

Hope this helps a little. I'm a first time mom also so I'm right alongside you on this crazy journey!

Ashley said...

I had to stop worrying about her taking "long" naps and just understand that she only naps for 45 minutes. I also had to start putting her down for a nap every 2 hours when she was 4 months old even if she didn't seem tired. I also said screw it on not feeding her before a nap because she sleeps much better when she has a bottle before! I also started putting her on her belly around that time you have an angel monitor? That made me feel better! She slept sooo much better!!! Good luck! They start sleeping better as they get older! She sleeps the best at the babysitter. Sometimes 2-3 hours...drives me crazy. I figure that she thinks I'm more fun so that's why she wakes up with me..ha! GOOOD LUCK!! DON"T GIVE UP!

Melissa said...

Our daughter always slept on her tummy for medical reasons but because she was on her belly she would never "jump" and wake her self up. Does he like being swaddled?

momof5girls said...

Both of these ladies and I are on the same page. With all 5 of my girls, "medical experts" expressed diff. opinions about sleeping positions for various reasons. I always put them on their tummies because they are strong enough to turn their heads if they spit up and gravity pulls it to the sheets where if they spit up while on their backs they may very well choke on it. The girls always seemed to be much more secure and didn't jump and startle awake. I'm sure praying for you girl. I do remember those days when you just couldn't figure them out. I always fed them before their naps too. Nothin like a full tummy and snuggling into your comfy bed. Love ya and praying!

Jenn said...

I just found your blog, mine has the same name!

I went through this a few weeks ago too. She wouldn't sleep no matter what I did. I finally just had to put her in the car and drive around for about 20 minutes.

As for doing all the other stuff like dishes, laundry, etc. you should let it go on days like this and cuddle with your son! There are days that my husband comes home and nothing got done all day because I was taking care of our daughter.

Also yes do what ever works! I have had too many people try and tell me what I need to do and what I shouldn't do. I have followed her cues for the past 5 months and slowly figured out what works for her and what does not. He knows what he likes and doesn't.

Good luck and hope you got a nap!