I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this but I don't know where else it belongs.
I've just about got to the point where I can't take any more. I've posted before about problems with DS2's sleeping and some issues with slow weight gain. Sleeping is still a disaster. Last night I got 3-4 hours sleep and then spent all day running around after two kids completely exhausted. It's now almost 2am and I've given up trying to sleep for tonight after getting 2 hours of sleep. I can't keep going on like this.
DS2 is currently feeding every hour during the day, except when he naps for 2 hours. This is great, I feel he is eating more and gaining more weight. He has more dirty diapers each day so I am confident that allowing him access to nurse all day has been a good thing. But how is it possible that he needs to eat every hour at night too?? I don't think he wants to eat, just to suckle, but if I don't feed him he will scream the house down for hours. He is such a sweet happy little baby when he is being held, fed, played with, etc. But when I go out in the car, go shopping, cook the dinner, or do anything that requires he be left down he screams and screams and screams. I am getting so exhausted from listening to his screaming and I feel that it is traumatising DS1. I don't even think I can go to the local grocery store again because people have started to recognise me as the woman who comes with the screaming baby.
There is no reason (like reflux) for the screaming because as soon as he sees my face or I pick him up he gets all happy and excited.
I've started trying to put him in his crib for naps as he is getting too big for his pram (where he has been napping until now) but he refuses. Nothing will calm him down, this child could scream non-stop for 2 hours! He falls asleep in my arms but I can't let him nap there because I also need to spend time with DS1. I put him in a carrier, and guess what, he screams. He is only happy in it when I am paying attention to him, talking to him, rubbing his head etc.
I feel like I could happily leave for a week to get a break from it all. I never remember feeling that way with DS1. How can I get DS2 to sleep in his crib? Sleep longer than 1 hours intervals at night? I'm not even sure if he is getting enough sleep at night. He goes to bed at about 9pm and gets up at 6-6:30am. But with the frequent wakings he must only be getting about 7 hours of sleep overnight. I'm afraid to put him to bed earlier in case he is up at 4am! During the day he typically naps twice, 1hr + 2hr. But with the move to his crib during the day I'm not sure if this will continue or just be replace with hours of screaming. What would be a typical sleeping schedule for a 5 month old, e.g bedtime, time to get up in the morning, naps etc. I know people on here are not a fan of CIO but I'm getting to the point where I want to let him in his room until he falls asleep because I don't know what else to do with him