I really need ideas. I've been working with the NCSS a bit over the last month and we're not progressing. If anything, she's gotten WORSE.
Stats: healthy almost 5 month old LO. Nursing and co-sleeping. We are in bed by 8 and I need to get up at 4:45 to pump.
I have to go down with her or she won't even lay down. If I get up, she wakes up 100% of the time. I have NEVER been able to slip out of bed after she falls asleep the first time.
She sleeps for about 30 min and then is up and wants to eat again (althrough she just drained both boobs for about 10 min each side) and won't settle back to sleep till about 9:30.
At 9:30, she's down till 12:30 almost like clockwork. Then we start the every hour thing to eat for 10-15 min - which has culminated in a WIDE AWAKE BABY at 3AM for the last 6 nights. I have been feeding her and trying to put her back to sleep. If I keep her in bed, she won't fall back asleep. If I take her and put her in the swing, she sleeps till we have to leave for daycare at 6:40.
At daycare she's pretty consistent with naps - one for about 2 hrs in the morning and one for about 1.5 hrs in the early afternoon.
So, if you add that all up, we're talking about very little sleep for a 5 month old! (6.5 or so interrupted hours at night and 3.5 hrs naps)
I know she's got to be tired! I am exhausted and just can't keep up much longer.
If we go to bed earlier, that really means I am coming home from work, feeding her, doing dinner, bath and then bed. There will be no time to sit down and play at ALL.
I was feeding her right after dinner and then I would go take a nap till about 8:30. Daddy was watching her for my nap.... but then she'd be so tired/wired by the time I got up that she wouldn't sleep till 10.
On one hand I don't want to push her out of our bed - I tried the bassinet around 10 weeks and she'd have nothing to do with it. She screamed like she was being pinched. The idea of moving her down the hall to her crib is really starting to look like the impossible - as much as Mom getting some actual sleep at night.
ANYONE HAVE IDEAS FOR ME?
I want to continue to nurse and co-sleep at night but I think I may NEED to find a way to sleep before I can't function any more.