|Sleep? Pshaw! Who needs sleep?!|
I try to nurse him lying down, pulling away once he was fully asleep, mouth relaxed. Each time as soon as I pulled away, he'd start rooting again and wake up. He sometimes will sleep for an hour or more while I hold him, but stay latched on the entire time. He's way more sensitive to noise and disruption now, so if D is around he can't really fall asleep. What I've been doing is putting on a video for D, then taking Q up to his room, closing the blinds, bundling him, sometimes using white noise, and nurse/rock him to sleep. Sometimes he gets a decent nap this way. Other times D will get bored of his video and come up to see us, which effectively means the end of nap time. Explaining to him that I need his help to help Q sleep doesn't seem to do anything. The hardest part about this is that I'll start feeling angry at D for waking his brother up, but I also can't fault him for wanting to be around us.
Babywearing naps work ok, though it can take a good bit of walking & dancing around to get him asleep. These work best when we're out somewhere.
D still takes a good 1-1.5hr nap most days, which I tend to spend rocking Q to get him a decent nap, too, so he's not as grumpy the rest of the day (or for the next hour or 2 before he gets tired again).
|Tired baby is tired.|
So, yeah. As you can imagine, this makes for pretty long days, even on the days when I have the nanny to help with D. Honestly, I don't think I'd even mind the no-breaks-all-day-long thing (as much) if it seemed like Q was happy with the sleep he gets. Instead he seems tired and cranky a lot of the time, which makes everything that much more frustrating.
To top it all off? Zach's about to start a bunch of long days at work and then go to Ohio for a week. So starting tomorrow and through the next 2 weeks, I'll be on my own through the kids' bedtimes. This should be... interesting.