Oh goodness, I love this baby. When she's awake and happy, she is just so fun. She laughs and smiles and wiggles and does all this fun baby stuff. But good god, when it comes to nap time, I am pulling my hair out. I am frustrated beyond belief!
Brandon isn't here for me to vent to, so after turning to my sisters and trusty FB, I'm turning to my lovely blog. So far I've been keeping super busy so the time without him is flying by (yeah, yeah, it's only been two days!) but I've been struggling with Penny. I knew I rely on him a lot, but wow, I must've used him much more than I imagined! Because now when I'm frustrated with the baby, no one is here to jump in and take her while I cool down.
Anyway, back to naps. Remember a few weeks ago when I figured her out? I think she's changing again. Unfortunately, I can't figure out what she wants. Does she want to be awake longer? Does she want to be put down without being rocked? Does she want to nurse to sleep or not?
Here's my biggest issue. Lately she's been wanting to nurse to sleep. Fine, I'll feed her then if that's what she wants. But when I'm nursing her she struggles and wiggles and can't stay still. Sometimes she falls asleep nursing, and those times are awesome. Other times, I need to rock her a bit more to get her to sleep. However, she starts struggling again. She arches her back, cries out, and turns her head to suck on my arm. Over and over. So after fighting for a bit, I either get her to settle down (by holding the pacifier in her mouth and shh-ing) or I get frustrated and put her down in her crib, where she just cries and cries.
Has anyone ever had this problem? I used to be able to see she's sleepy, go rock her, and she would fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. Now it's fight fight fight! I'm hoping soon I can just put her in her bed awake and she falls asleep on her own, but another problem - she likes sleeping on her belly, but if she's awake, she won't settle herself down. If I put her on her back, she stays awake. AHHH.
She's asleep for the night now and I'm going to go relax with a book, after doing some research. Who would've thought that the hardest part of having a baby for me is the sleep thing?