Rockabye Baby

One month ago. Yep, that’s the last time, with the exception of my NYC trip, I think I had a good night’s sleep.  RJ has not slept through the night in a month!   I’m tired and just about at my wits end.

First, let me confess, we still rock him to sleep… I’ve tried to break this a few times.  However, it’s never gotten to the point where we can read him bedtime stories, tuck him in and just walk off into the night.  We have to sit on his bed and pat his back or sit in the rocker in his room and watch him until he falls asleep.

With that being said, rocking and down for the count had been a plan that worked until a month ago.  Then, something, I’m not sure what, happened and my life hasn’t been the same.  We still read stories, rock and go to dreamland, but now he wakes up a couple of hours later.  We go in rock him and he appears to be peacefully sleeping… until we put him down.  Then, his head pops up and he’s acts as if he drank 10 cups of coffee.  This continues until we realize it’s 5am and we want to get a little sleep.  So, we cave and bring him to our room, he is asleep as soon as his head hits our mattress!  We wake up cranky and sleep deprived and he wakes up happy because he knows he will take a 2 hour nap at daycare!

Yes, I’ve tried CIO method.  I must have the one child that doesn’t get that method.  He cries for 10-15 mins, I go in put him back in bed and calm him down, I leave, he cries for 10-15.  He can keep this cycle going FOREVER FOREVER EVER FOREVER EVER! We either have to hold him all night, take him to our bed or continue our CIO, up and down, cycle.

For the last two nights, I have been able to get him to go back to sleep in his own bed.  However, he still wakes up no fewer than 3x during the night.

Another confession, last night I think CIO method may have worked.  I was so tired, I think I slept through his crying and calling my name. When I woke up, it was quiet but I didn’t see him in his bed on the monitor. I went into his room and found him curled up and knocked out on the rocker.  I know he didn’t end up in that chair quietly.  Fearful that he would toss and turn and fall on the floor,*he is a ROUGH sleeper* I put him in his bed.  Sure enough, not long after he was up again.  So, maybe the CIO method does work if I let it?! He just sounds so sad when he’s crying and calling my name…

Tonight, I’ve resolved to, conscientiously, let the CIO method play itself out.  Our house is in desperate need of sleep! I hope things start to change soon.  He currently has a cold. Yesterday, the doctor said I could give him benadryl in the morning and at night.  I hate that he’s not 100%, but was hopeful that the medicine would make him sleep through the night.  I was dead wrong!  I know I’m in need of a good night’s sleep when I start hoping my child’s cold will equal rest for me.

Once we’re back to sleeping through the night, we’ll begin work on getting to sleep without rocking.  Just when I think I’ve figured this parenting thing out, I feel like I have to take 3 steps back. *sigh*

Anyone else experiencing toddler sleep issues? Any helpful advice?


  • Reply Say Something Kita (@Kreative10) August 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    None it get’s better around age 4 but occasionally they will be off some nights. I normally have to tire them out in order to sleep through the night peacefully and when you start potty training you have to get them up some nights to use the bathroom so that’s even worse *sigh* the joys of motherhood.

  • Reply RosesDaughter (@RosesDaughter) August 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We stopped rocking Pookah to sleep earlier this year. But we’re still stuck laying by the side of the bed while he goes to sleep. BUT he does sleep through the night unless he is sick. It gets better!!!!!

  • Reply Amber Wright (@mrswrightsays) August 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    We’ve been going through something similar. She’ll wake up crying within an hour or two of her going to bed for the night. One of us will go in the room, lay her back down, give her her binky, and she’d go right back to sleep. Weird! When it seemed to be becoming a pattern (I just felt like she couldn’t possibly be having the same bad dream every night! lol) we started with the CIO…slowly taking less and less time to go in the room and settle her down. She was also drooling out of the blue, too, so I think one last tooth was making it’s way in somewhere in the back.

    She’s doing okay for now. If she’s hyped up before bed time, I rub a little peppermint oil on her temples to help soothe and calm her down. I’m not sure if it works, but I think it does help a little.

    Hang in there, girl!

  • Reply Mrs. Pancakes August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    oh wow..i am not even there yet and i may be panicked…thanks for introducing me to the CIO method..never heard of it!

    • Reply Jenni August 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement ladies. We’re still struggling, but I just know this phase can’t possibly last forever. Can it?! LOL I’ve realized that he’s not even crying when he wakes up. He just stands at the door to his room, and says, “Where’s mommy?”, repeatedly, while constantly twisting the door knob! *sigh*

      @Mrs. Pancakes-First thanks for stopping by! Second, don’t panic every child is different, you may end up bypassing this entire stage!

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