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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oh dear!


Today and yesterday were just "one of those days". A lack of sleep, a cranky baby, a husband away for training makes for one very "I feel sorry for myself" and tired mama.
It's so strange how I can go from being extremely happy and positive to plain old down in the dumps just within a few days.
I blame it all on the lack of sleep. We had been doing very well with our sleep training until Noah started to teeth just a week or so ago. At that point we abandoned all of our rules and gave in to the little monster, essentially throwing all of our hard work out the window. And now with my husband away for work, I am left with one very clingy and whiney little guy.
I find myself in a dilemma. On one hand I want to be there to comfort my babe, to pick him up when he cries, to be that soft place to fall when he is upset but on the other hand I feel like he is quickly learning that by crying all the time, he gets what he wants-ME!
Any advice would be great....even if it's just a "chin up"...
thanks
xox

9 comments:

  1. Awe, chin up indeed ^_^
    Teething always throws everything out the window -- we're doing molars right now and it's all just a fiasco at times.
    Roll with the punches -- it's all you can do!

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  2. what a cozy picture of the two of you.

    the teething will pass.

    sometimes its ok to go back on something you worked so hard at. when your baby is involved, a mother always knows best. If you think comforting him is what he needs, then he probably does. someday, he'll sleep through the night on his own. thats how I always look at it. the sleepless nights won't last forever :)

    hang in there mama. don't you get to go play with the fawn girls tomorrow??

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  3. Don't worry. I find that they just bounce back so easy. I never thought cute kid would be out of our bed. Now I can't get him in it. I never thought he'd let go of his soother...it was super easy. Never thought I could put him in a big kid bed because I thought he'd hit the ground running. He doesn't leave it unless someone comes in to get him. What I'm saying is. These days happen and kids are so easy to re-set and are VERY teachable. Don't be hard on yourself. When you're ready...you'll get him in his own bed...and it'll be just perfect. For now. Get some sleep. I'm a basket case when I don't get enough sleep and I just have to say to myself...choose your battles and take a nap. Especially when those husbands take off for training or other work related junk. That's when you do what you gotta do to survive.

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  4. Oh, I feel for you Johanna. Sleep when he sleeps and just do the minimum you need to do around the house. Won't be long until your husband returns and your Mum is with you. You're doing a great job!

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  5. Hi Johanna, I have written on this subject much and much--but maybe this post will help? Sleeping is such a toughy and there are no real right answers--just those that your heart deems as fitting: http://mamamilieu.blogspot.com/2009/10/doing-right-thing-is-never-easy.html

    Good luck and hang in there.

    xoxo

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  6. Big hugs! I don't really have any advice, but just do whatever you feel is right. I don't see anything wrong with going back to trying the sleep training (if that is what you want to do) There will be bumps on the road, and it's ok to fall off sometimes, but keep on persevering with whatever you feel is the right thing too do.

    If you are too tired all the time, that it is making you unahappy I think it would be a good idea to try again. You have to take care of you too.

    Whatever you decide it will be what is best for you and your family. *Hugs*

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  7. argh. So sorry. Bill reminded me of something last night. When I went to the doctor with my middle babe when she was 6 months I asked, "Are you sure she'll be okay if I let her cry?!?!" The doctor (who I love and respect) said, "It's like this. If you woke up in the middle of the night and someone offered you cheesecake you wouldn't turn it down, would you?" Food- ha- for thought. Anyway, thinking of you.

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  8. Thanks for the encouragement dear friends. It's getting better.

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