Why won't my babies sleep?
I ask this every morning, it seems. Sacha has been a bad sleeper since birth. He used to have to sleep on our chests until he was almost 3 months, then he just decided that sleep was optional and started waking up every hour or so wanting nothing but to be nursed. Even now, at 2 years of age, he still wakes up at night, sometimes too often to keep track.
Kees started out as a miracle sleeper. He slept a solid 8 hours at night until he was 3 months old. Then it all went to crap. It started with one night waking. Then 2. Now, over a month later, he wakes up every 2 hours, sometimes more often. He doesn't always require nursing to go back down, but the sleep disturbance is really getting to me.
We have every sleep book there is. They are in a leaning tower of ass-vice on my night stand.
The thing is, my kids are very happy. They are not cranky. They are not fussy. They are good nappers. I know that the night wakings are not affecting their state of being.
It's mine (and my dear partner in crime's) that I worry about.
I know many of you are thinking "Just let him cry it out! In 3 days, it will be all over and things will be right as reign." I think the same thing.
It sure as hell did NOT work for Sacha. We tried. God KNOWS how we tried. But Kees is a different little person, so maybe it could work.
And then when I hear him cry, I just cannot do it. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get angry.
I don't think letting him cry-it-out is for me.
Should I just resign myself to the fact that my babies don't sleep?