I am back for more encouragement and solace from a wonderful group of moms and ladies. (Sniffle). I am the mother of a baby boy, seven months old on January 1st. He was exclusively breastfed until his six-month birthday, at which time we started the baby-led weaning/feeding. When he was five months old he began teething his bottom incisors, and that is when the trouble began! He was waking up twice in the night for feedings up until that point. When he started teething, he was waking almost every hour for a couple of weeks, then dropped to three or four times a night. Everyone kept telling me it would get better when we started solid foods. I waited...and waited....and waited...
At six months, we started solids- nothing too serious, avocado, sweet potato, pear.. He really liked it and took to it with gusto. He has eaten like a champ. I had to take a week off about sixteen days into it because he wasn't pooping, and was waking up at night gassy and cranky and uncomfortable. He has eaten again the last few days and seems to be more regular. He eats once with me in the morning and then all breast milk for the rest of the day/night. He nurses right before eating, but still eats a decent amount. His sleep has gotten HORRIBLE. He not only still wakes up at least three times to nurse, but either wakes an hour after going to bed and won't go back to sleep without screaming (in my arms or not), or he won't let me lay him down without waking up and screaming until I pick him up again. He will be sound asleep and as soon as I lay him down, he looks up at me and smiles, then starts screaming if I don't pick him up again. So for the last few night I have picked him up, gotten him to sleep again, and then fed him when he wakes every 2-3 hours for feedings. The problem is that I am working and I am tired, and I am cranky, and I really do not know how much longer I can do this without falling apart. I don't want to let him "cry it out" but I need to sleep so much! This is the hardest thing I have ever done, and I do not know what to do! I want to hug him and love him until he sleeps. I want to feed him if he is hungry, but I am becoming a shell of my former self for lack of proper sleep! Any thoughts would be SO appreciated!
Hugs to you all for having survived this craziness!