When I first started blogging, I often whined and complained about Porgie's horrible sleeping habits. I was desperate for answers. I just wanted someone to tell me how to get her to stay asleep. Although my readers did offer suggestions, the only thing that really produced results was not responding to her every whimper (AKA - letting her cry). Please do not leave a comment telling me that you could never let your child cry at night, because you have never walked in my shoes. And please do not discuss Attachment Parenting in the comments, because my children are constantly in my arms during the day. I have devoted my entire life to ensuring that they are happy and healthy little people.
When I was pregnant with Izzy, I was optimistic that he would be a "sleeper." You know, the baby who naturally starts sleeping through the night at 6 weeks of age. The baby who can sleep in the car, in the stroller, or even in a busy restaurant. The baby who puts himself to sleep without mommy's participation. I did NOT get that baby. Instead, I got a perfect little boy who liked to wake every hour or two all night long. I got a little boy who only napped for 20 minutes at a stretch. I got a little boy who would only fall asleep in his dark, quiet bedroom.
It has been difficult, but I have tried to refrain from discussing Izzy's sleeping issues excessively on my blog. No-one wants to hear me bitch and moan about sleep deprivation for an entire year. But I have had lots to bitch about, because Izzy has been an extremely wakeful baby. At one year of age, he still wakes 3 to 4 times per night. On a really good night, he'll only wake twice. But lately, we have been having 4 nursing sessions per night. And I am tired. Actually, I am exhausted.
I have re-read all of my sleep books. I have read countless message boards on sleep. I have questioned family members and friends. But despite my efforts, Izzy is still not sleeping. So, I have decided that it is time to stop responding to every whimper. It is time to teach Izzy an important life skill. It is time for mommy to get some sleep.