Tom is not the best baby sleeper in the world.
I believe I’ve mentioned this two, maybe a gazillion, times.
He was almost 10 months old before we got him to drop waking up at 3 a.m. and then only because we used the Ferber “cry it out” method. Which took three days. Twice.
For about a month he was going to sleep between 8:30 and 9 and waking up at 5:30 on the dot.
So then I asked God to please let Tom sleep until 6. Just 6 a.m.
And it happened!
For the past two weeks, Tom has slept until 6.
Then Tom got sick.
He woke up at 4 a.m. with a fever on Saturday.
I thought I would give him Tylenol and he’d go right back to sleep.
He was up.
For the day.
When I put him back down at 6:30 a.m. and he slept until 8, he thought that was a nap. I thought it was just more sleep.
So…our day was way off for the rest of the day. And he was a grump. Which I assumed was because the poor little guy was sick.
But now, he’s woken up at 4:30 a.m. the past two days.
He’s not sick anymore.
He doesn’t have a fever.
He’s just a crazy baby.
So I put him down for his “afternoon” nap on Monday at 1 p.m. The one he normally takes at 3.
And he was way exhausted.
And he cried and cried when I put him down. He hasn’t done that in months.
So I had to Ferber him again. Which means I had to go back in there after he cried for 5 minutes and “soothe” him before walking out again.
He wasn’t soothed. He was pissed.
And when I walked out, I cried.
Not because I think letting him cry for 5 minutes is terrible. I don’t.
But because, I thought I was done with this part.
It was so hard the first time and I was so proud we stuck to our guns and did it and he was getting good sleep, he was happier, had more energy and it was great.
And I just thought that was it. We were done with the midnight wake-ups. We were done having to use the Ferber method.
But no. We’re here again.
I’m really, really hoping it won’t take a month to get him back to it this time.
It won’t, will it?
You should probably lie to me.
I’m suffering from lack of sleep and I’ve been known to cry.
(Dear God, please just let him sleep until 5:30 a.m. Just 5:30!)