I have a chock full of ranting to do this morning.. so please bear with me...I'm exhausted , and at my wits end! I don't know what else to do about Goobie's, middle of the night wakings, she is now 17 months and she still does not sleep through the night! I thought this stage would be over with when she turned 1, but I've yet to see any relief. I've tried just about everything, from establishing a night time routine, giving her a bath before bed, setting a quiet, dimmed light environment, but nothing works...the problem isn't so much getting her to sleep, but her waking up at least twice a night for feedings! She wakes up like clockwork, at 2am and at 4:30am because she wants her bottle.
Her pediatrician keeps telling me that she does this out of habit, and that I just need to ignore her requests when she wakes up, because she needs to figure out another way to soothe herself to sleep...OK advice taken and put into practice many a times, but it still doesn't work! I mean how long should I let her cry her little heart out until she finally gives up (although she doesn't after an hour of crying, and me crying silently)?! Now, I know what you're thinking... she's working her! and perhaps she is but what else am I to do?!!
I am aware that sleeping with a bottle can be detrimental for her... and so I figured that if she's thirsty, she'll drink anything right? Wrong...I've tried to trick her by giving her a few ounces of water with a tinge of juice (I'm really big on the no sugar or very minimal sugar thing) but she actually looks at the bottle and grunts and gives it back to me! as in saying, this is not MILK!! so off I go, in my sleepwalking, zombie mode to the fridge for milk... knowing that that is the only thing that will appease her and we will all be able to catch a few more hours of sleep until her next waking
So that in a nutshell is the end of my ranting ::sighing:: and now I'm sending out an S.O.S to see if any of you whether you're a parent or not, have a suggestion, idea, anything that may help me fix this problem...Thanks a bunch darlings...::yawning and putting head down on desk::