I'm a little late getting this post up. BAM has been on a nap strike these few days I've been home. He's been awake since 7, and has slept a grand total of maybe 2 hours, in 30 minute increments. He is sleepy, I know that, but he refuses to sleep in his crib. I think he doesn't like the sheets-the mattress is firm and the sheets are smooth. Not soft and squishy like mommy or daddy. His soft blanket is in the wash, it's gotten crusty from his frequent spitting up on it. I think he sleeps better with it. It's a little after 2pm, and I just put him down for another try at another nap. I hope with everything from my falling out hair to my possibly broken toes that he sleeps a LONG, LONG time. I know he's not going to sleep well in the nursery tonight at church. He'll get maybe 10 minutes, usually right before it's time to go. So, this post isn't at all wordless, but I was intending it to be. Maybe I'll split it up into two of them. Hey, that's a great idea!
*sigh* he's not making sleeping noises up there. He's learned a new trick. He'll roll himself over, trying NOT to fall asleep. Then he'll wake up cause he's cold and on his back like a turtle. I've gone in there a few times because he's been fussing for awhile, just to make sure he's not stuck in between the bars, and he's on his back playing with the blanket, kicking his feet. Then he grabs you with that adorable smile of his. "Hi, Mom! I'm done napping! Let's play!"
He used to be such a good sleeper. I had his signals all decoded. I'd lay him down, and he'd be asleep in a minute. He'd sleep for an hour and a half or so, be all smiles when he woke up. Now? I do a dance if he's asleep within 30 minutes after I lay him down. Don't even think about telling me to let him cry and he'll fall asleep when he's tired. That does not work for me. It gets me all frazzled and upset at him. I hate it. I do let him fuss, like he's doing now. But I go in and calm him down before he gets screaming.
Now, it's been 10 minutes since I laid him down (yes, it took me that long to type all that, I'm easily distracted). I went to calm him down. He's so tired, he didn't even open his eyes once, yet he was fussing the whole time. Someone, anyone, come be my salvation, I don't know what to do.
He started screaming, so I went again to check on him. Poor guy had scooted over and had his arm stuck through the bars with his face mashed up against them :( But I think he's out for the count, in just 20 minutes! *does the snoopy dance*
On the days he does nap well, I think three naps a day are too much for him. He usually takes a nap about 1030 until 1230, then at 2/230-4, then I try to get one more in from 6-7. Bed time is around 830 or 9. I feed him at 530 am (he goes right back to sleep), and he wakes up about 9 am to start his day. I'm thinking the morning nap is too much for him, cause it's a fight to get him to nap in the afternoon. And that evening nap? Just forget it, it almost NEVER happens. I don't put him to bed earlier, cause I don't get off of work until 730pm, three days a week. So I try to keep the days I don't work on the same schedule as the days I don't work. Easier on all of us, Tita Christina included.
I just got done talking, well, facebooking, with a mom with a similar baby situation, a nap striker. She's actually given me something to think about. I don't have a mobile, but I can attach some toys to his crib, so that if he's against sleeping, he can be in his crib and doesn't have to cry. I like it! I'll just have to remember to pass it on Tita Christina on my work days.
I'll leave you with some lines of my favorite Christmas songs. (just in case all my frustration has left you frustrated)
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, toys in every store."
"Christmas is coming and we are getting fat, 'cause we're eating too much of this and that."
"The cold wind is blowing and the streets are getting dark. I'm writing you a letter and I don't know where to start...Nobody ought to be all alone on Christmas."
"Hear the angels as they're singing, on the morning of his birth. But how much greater will their songs be when he comes again to earth?"