Firstly i would just like to say that I love it here and although I don't post often as i have 3 kiddies in 4 and under and to post is a luxury.
I just a couple of questions. I am not overly worried but am concerned so what, and comepletly wiped out with tiredness.
My little man is now 8.5 months. he has NEVER slept through the night EVER. the least amount of time that he woke up is once at 2am and then again at 5.50am.
I have returned to work and he has regressed to up to 6 times a night wanting to feed or just get comfort from me. which is fine BUT when he is latched on he is constantly kicking me or slapping me. so i am not even able to rest while he is get comfort.
while i am at work he refuses to drink (a formula bottle, no time to pump or watered down juice/water) or eat while my husband, his daddy, is minding him. but yet they have a wonderful relationship, full of laughter. my children are not in childcare. they are with me for half of their day then with their daddy the other half in our home.
the health nurse said at his well baby check up that he has dropped from the 25% to the 9% and to drop my milk feeds by one or two and replace it with more solid food. but i just nodded and said yes. i don't want to drop any feeds. he is on 3 solid meals a day,(where sometimes he will finish it and other times he is not that interested) while i am with him. but he may miss a meal while i am in work because he is fretting for me. That is why I feel while i am at home with him i should still give him my milk on demand as it is the most balanced meal he can get.
my questions are
1) do you think that he will catch up with his weight eventually when he finally gets used to me being away for part of the day.
2) and do you think i might be able to gently sleep train him. having to work full time in various shifts that range from 6am starts to finishing at 11pm within in 1 week. tbh i am amazed that i still have milk as with my other 2 girls i dryed up. although that were sleeping through the night by the time i returned at six months.
3)also so you think that he is fretting even more because he is a boy AND because i didn't go back to work when he turned 8 months?
please help, i am at my wits end with complete and utter exhaustion.