Well…At 3:00 a.m. I finally went to wake up dh and told him he had to take over b/c I was afraid I was getting too sleepy! I wish I could just lay him down and let him look around but he isn’t just awake–if he isn’t being held or nursed he is screaming. We have noticed that he falls asleep quicker if dh has him and I think it’s b/c when I hold him, he smells breastmilk and thinks he is supposed to be eating. It could also be that I take “first shift” a lot of times so he’s just finally tired enough to go to sleep when dh gets him. dh said he fell asleep in his arms about 30 minutes after we did our shift change and so he and dh slept together on the sofa for about 2.5 hours before he woke up again. So I did eventually get a couple hours of sleep.
dd was like this and it prompted me to start letting her sleep w/ us when she was about 5 months old when I went back to work b/c I could get her to sleep if she was snuggled against me in the bed. I’m trying to avoid that this time b/c dh is home at night (before it was just me in the bed) so it’s an uncomfortable fit for all three of us. We’ve looked into a co-sleeper but I think it’d be no different than using a pack n play. The problem w/ both of my babies is that I can get them to sleep by nursing or “bouncing and walking” but it’s when I lay them down that their eyes pop open! I’ve read up on how to determine that they are in a deep sleep and I’ve put down a warmed blanket and a shirt that smells like me. Right now he sleeps in the pack n play in our room.
I bought a sling (I ordered it from mammasmilk.com) and have heard wonderful things about them but the ones w/ that company are only slightly adjustable in size and I apparently got one that is too small for me. They have a sizing guide and I used it but I didn’t add in for how much larger my bust would be and when you do the size tutorial it tells you are either a small, medium or large–when you go to select a size when you order, you select small-medium, medium-large, large-xtra large. I got a small-medium and I think I should have gotten a medium-large. I’ve emailed the company to ask them to exchange it for a larger size (I’ve never used this one other than to try to put him in it and I have all of the original packaging) but I’ve gotten no response. I may call them today and see if I can get a response by phone. Their policy says “no” after 30 days and it’s been about 60 but it would be at no cost to them to exchange it.
Anyway–hopefully it’ll get better soon. It’s got to–I do have to go back to work in a couple of weeks!