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Monday, March 5, 2012

I give up.

It's back.  The evil no-sleep curse that has taken over my Beckett.  I blame myself.  I never should have written about it and proclaimed it gone.

I give up.  I have no idea what to do anymore.  I've tried EVERYTHING.  I've read every book.

Nurse to sleep, bottle to sleep, no food before sleep.
Rock to sleep, put down awake.
Light room, dark room.
Bumper pad, no bumper pad.
White noise, no noise.
Mobile, no mobile.
Music and white noise, silence.
Swaddle, no swaddle.
Dark room, light room.
Back to sleep, belly to sleep.
Elevated head.
Put him down 1.5 hours after waking, 2 hours, 2.5 hours, 3 hours....
Stand by the crib and rub/pat/shush/soothe.
Cry it out ... for hours.

It doesn't work.  Any of it.  The only thing that seems to work is to hold him.  And people?  I can't hold him for his naps.  I have another infant and a toddler that need to be attended to.  It's just.not.possible!!!!!

I'm so frustrated I could cry.  Eventually at night he gives in and sleeps.  But it's usually after we've either let him cry off and on for a few hours or gone in and soothed him a million ways, a million times.  Luckily, he wakes up briefly at night and goes back to sleep easily.  So it's not sleepless nights that are the problem.  It's sleepless days.  On Sunday he slept for a total of 15 minutes from the time he woke up at 7:30 am until we finally got him to sleep at 10:00 pm.  People, he's so overtired it hurts.  I just don't know what to do anymore.  Suggestions/encouragement/hugs/alcohol welcome.  Cuz friends?  I'm going to lose my mind.

This is what it looks like when the elusive sleep actually occurs.  So peaceful.

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