I am Willing to try anything - Sleeping Like a Baby

well maybe not "Anything" but almost ...

why oh why do i make babies that dislike sleeping. My Daughter was difficult from the beginning but Hugo started off amazing sleeping 6-7 hours straight hes slept from 10pm-6am three times, so i was put under false pretences thinking wow I've got a baby that likes sleep! well it didn't last long.
As you will know if you have read previous blog posts Hugo is now over 5 months old since he broke his Crib (with all his kicking in his BnB *Boots and Bars*) he had no other option than to sleep in his lovely new Cot. i first had it right against the bed but i found it difficult getting him in & out up to 6 or 7 times a night! so now he has his own corner in my bedroom, I am literally like a walking talking zombie, you know the whole putting milk in the washing machine instead of the fridge scenario yes that is me! i repeat myself several times a day as i have literally forgotten i have already said it.
so after a busy Jubilee Weekend still with no sleep at night times & then rocking the worst headache/migraine Wednesday/Thursday/Friday last week i had no option than to rest. well as much as i can with a Toddler & baby.
Lack of sleep makes my emotions so much worse too. i get a over powering hatred for His Boots & Bar, the whole "Why me Why my baby" gosh people do not realise how lucky they are. I do realise how lucky i am, I have my Hugo I may not of had him if the worst had happened. so for that i feel the luckiest mummy in the world!
as the days past & the nights went by very very slowly waking hourly watching the sun rise around 4am each day. i really am unsure how much more i can take. i still get up get dressed, do hair make up shower ect ect it does make me feel better but only for so long then i need to chill out or go to bed.
These are the top things i try to check when he wakes up:

1.Hunger - try & feed him now he latches on but then stops feeding & asleep again within minutes - this then makes me think- Comfort!
2.His feet are they in pain? the other morning Hubby took his BnB off at 6am two hours early & he went back to sleep perfectly fine!
3.Teething- are his poor little gums in pain? Calpol & teething gel before bed.
4.Not getting enough food in the day?Ready to wean?
5.Comfort the Cot is huge compared to the Crib.
6.Dirty Nappy.
7.Trapped wind?

As i previously said when I'm tired i get upset much easier, well the thought of not having my cuddle to cuddle at night time without his Boots & Bar on had been really getting me down, i mean how would you really honestly feel if you for the next 5 years had to share your cuddly baby with boots & a huge metal bar. so what i am about to say could be called irresponsible to some but in my eyes, i am missing a huge part of my baby the part where i can feed him wrapped around me all snuggly & not kicking my Husband in the head with his metal bar, this was only something i could dream of. Hugo spends more time asleep in the day than he does at night time, hes making no attempt to crawl so i thought lets give it a try.
OK so this is where i whisper as I'm willing to just about try anything i had Hugo in his BnB all day yesterday & then had them off last night. please don't shout at me, his feet are so sore with blisters & pressure marks i wanted to make sure this had nothing to do with our bad nights. it made no difference at all which in fact i am quite glad about, could you imagine if he slept all night i wouldn't want to put his boots back on, at least i know its nothing to do with his BnBs.
Next on the list is to try weaning I'm so intrigued by BLW - Baby Lead Weaning i need a good book on it as it also scares the hell out of me! any recommendations would be fab!

This morning i gave him baby porridge & for the first time he actually did open his mouth for it & seemed to enjoy it.
 If it carries on i will have to switch to Formula it will still be hard work but once Emilyn was on formula she only woke once a night so I'm so tempted but feel torn with guilt (This is just how i am)
& how expensive Formula is & the faffing with bottles i would need to buy new ones & a steriliser ect ect.

Asleep this is how i had his crib hoping it will improve our night times
He is however fast asleep in his cot right now as I'm typing. I would normally feed him to sleep but i let him self settle & I've made his cot a little bit cosier.
I'm hoping this will help tonight.
Hugo fast asleepbeen asleep for an hour & 20 mins so far
I'm thinking Tough Love is needed- his wake up calls must be for Comfort lets see how tonight goes with self settling.


  1. I can sympathise entirely. I had a son who slept right through from six weeks. My second was an absolute nightmare. A real light sleeper, we had to tip toe past her room for fear of waking her and would dread when we heard the cry only an hour after putting her down.

    I tried everything but realised I was trying to replicate things I had done with my son and forgot that actually she was a differentperson with different needs. I went back tithe basics and realised that by trying to get my evening snuggle with her I was making her agitated and then she couldn't sleep (my son loved to be cuddled to sleep). I looked at her bedtime routine and changed it so she sat with me rather than got smothered whilst she drank her bottle and then found her favourite teddy and put a lullaby on. This alone created a routine that was hers and so far so good.

    I hope you can find something that helps! x

    1. thank you so much it is so tough at times, im hoping i wont jinx myself but he was only up once last night & fora "proper" feed then up at 6am big smiles, im hoping it lasts, he self settled, he had food in the morning & then i also made his cot cosier fingers crossed! x

  2. We had to leave Jayden to self settle and tried controlled crying. It worked amazingly. he used to wake up every hour too and just wanted attention. its horrible and so tiring but once uv worked out a routine and that u will both feel better with all the sleep :) hope you work it all out babe xx

    1. ah the controlled crying! one word "Horrendous"... i done it with Emilyn from 7 months i think the 'guidlines' say from 6 or 7 months H is almost 6 months but he seemed to self settle quite well. i feel much better today. helps i wrote everything down & his Boots where back on last night too thank you sweet xxx



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