I am not sure what to do with my needy baby at night. Since he was sick last week, he has woken up basically every hour to either have me put his pacifier back in, hold him for a second, or to put him in bed with me. I try the pacifier first and sometimes that is all he needs... then if that doesn't work, I try picking him up for a minute then laying him back down. If that doesn't work I finally give up and put him in bed with me and he immediately conks out. Sneaky little thing... I now understand how parents get manipulated so easily by their very cute children.
I need my space. I do not like sleeping with a baby in my arms (well I do, but only when it's my idea). And why does he have such a complex about being alone that he has to wake up and check to see if we care enough to help him? Are we such bad parents by day that he has to check on the love-level during the night? I mean, really.
My only guess is that my milk supply is lower since he was sick and missed so many feedings those 3 days last week. OR he is finally using feedings for a comfort measure, which he has never done before. I really don't know what the dealio is. I want to fix it, but with a set work schedule each day I don't want to spend the few nights it takes to let him cry it out. I am tired enough with the constant interupted sleep as it is. I know I need to buck up and do it, but you've never ran into me in the middle of the night. I am a monster without at least 2-3 hours of good rest. (Well I guess I can be a monster in the morning too when I haven't slept well.) Granted once I get my butt out of bed in the morning, my body has become accustom to the lack of sleep that I actually can function on a daily basis... BUT I do long for a real night's rest.
Does anybody want to adopt my baby for a few nights and teach him how to sleep?