Today was my mom’s birthday. She celebrated by working all night long doing inventory at Dillard’s. I celebrated by grocery shopping.
Bedtimes are killing me. Merrick is relentless–he wakes up every hour on the hour and that’s a conservative estimate. If I don’t go to him right away he gets more and more upset until he’s wide-a-freakin’-wake–and so is Mia. Most nights I send her off to my bed so that she can get some sleep. I feed him, I rock him, I try anything and everything. It doesn’t matter if I lay him right beside me or back in his own crib; as soon as he’s out of my arms, he’s crying his little head off. Sometimes he cries even when he’s still in my arms.
I’m not totally sold on the crying-it-out approach, mainly because I. Can’t. Stand. To. Hear. Him. Cry. I haven’t been able to fully commit to this technique because it’s absolutely excruiciating to listen to Merrick scream for 5 minutes, much less an hour. But tonight, I’m tempted, even though it’s going to involve closed doors, blaring TVs, earplugs…and maybe even a little bit of Nyquil. I am tempted.
This is kid #3 for me–how have I not gotten this sleeping thing right by now? Mia still won’t sleep in her own bed all night; I must admit the current situation is not helping her with that.
I put Merrick down at 8:20 and he’s starting to fuss a little right now at 9:00. I give him 10 minutes before he’s throwing a full-fledged tantrum. The nightmare begins. I’m so tired I want to die.
And with that, being as how it is now 9:12, I’m off to bed to get what little sleep I can.
Right after I overdose on Nyquil.
It is now 1:55. Merrick has gotten up 4 or 5 times since I first put him to bed, but so far I’ve been able to soothe him back to sleep fairly quickly by rubbing his tummy or picking him up and rocking him for a second–until now. Yes, he is back there screaming, but I think it’s starting to taper off after only two 5 to 10 minute intervals. I’m distracting myself with the computer while he wails. Hopefully he can’t last much longer. He’s eventually got to sleep, right? Right?