I never really liked the thought of just leaving a baby in his crib to cry. And cry. AND CRY. I mean hysterically crying. But my baby is being so difficult with naps that it has come to that officially today.
Rocking to sleep? No. He hates rocking chairs. Nursing to sleep? That won't even work anymore. He practically just tears my boob off. Ouch; cant wait until he's got teeth. Carrier? Hates it when tired.
I've been reading sooooooooooooo much about this subject. The biggest thing is to not let the little baby get overly tired. No problem. I know Blaine can only handle 1 hr 20 minutes of awake time so at 1 hour 10 minutes exactly I started the "winding down into nap" time. You know, play soothing music, rub his back, walk him around the room swaying (again don't even think about rocking chair or sitting down, he'd freak). But the minute you put him in his crib? HYSTERICAL CRYING. I mean so hard he coughs. So I pick him up (stops crying INSTANTLY), reassure him, and put him down again. Repeat. FOR 5 STRAIGHT HOURS!
I mean he got up at 8:30 and it is now 1:30 and he has slept 15 minutes all day.
He started crying in his bed at 1:19 and it is 1:38 and he is still hysterical. Will I cave and go in? Probably. I'm at the end of my rope as far as ideas.
Oh and even better? He cries hysterically EVERY TIME WE GO IN THE CAR. 5 minute drive? 40 minute drive? Doesn't matter, hysterical. But the minute you get where you are going and take him out? Stops crying INSTANTLY. This is how I know he is not in pain; his ability to "turn it off" and then "turn it on" so quickly.
Ok it is now 1:41 and he's quiet. Let's pray he's asleep and this nap issue starts fading SOON.
And some good news in a post full of gloom: He went 9 hours between feedings last night!!! YEEHAWWWWWWW!!! 7:30 pm - 4:30 am. With a dry diaper :). Then he peed in the potty. That's my boy! And at night? No troubles putting him in his crib wide awake and him going to sleep without even the littlest fuss. Sooooooo weird.