- I still nurse her if she gets up. Not every time, but sometimes. Especially if I have already been up twice with her and all I want to do is get in and out of there as fast as I can. The best way to do that is to nurse her. She is only nursing two or three times in a 24 hour time span and I know- I just need to stop. Gotta cut the cord. I think the reason I still do it is because when she wakes up at 3am that is what quickly gets her back down. But I'm sure when I stop she will stop waking up as much.
-I feel bad sleep training her with our current situation. I feel bad for our downstairs neighbor who I'm positive can hear our daughter scream at the top of her lungs at 2:21am. Maybe I should buy some earplugs for Zack and I as well as the two boys that live below us. I say positive that they can hear us because I can hear them open their closet door...so they must be able to hear us!
-Another situation is Zack studying. Sometimes Elise will be having good sleeping nights, but more often than not she will be having a bad week when Zack is studying for finals. When he has already been up all hours of the night studying I feel bad letting my daughter cry it out for an hour- which she will cry for at least an hour if we do let her CIO.
-I think she has learned that we are the only ones who can soothe her back to sleep when she wakes up from tossing and turning. As soon as we hear her and walk in she is always standing up in her crib ready to be picked up. It doesn't matter if we give her a dolly, put her binky back in- those do nothing. She screams more if she sees us and we don't pick her up. Her pediatrician told me to just go in and give her a binky and rub her back, and I laughed. That would NOT fly with Elise. That would only add to her rage.
I hate sleep training with all of my heart. I feel bad for Elise, it keeps me up, we all have a miserable day the days that follow and it never seems to stick! We have sleep trained her at least 3 other times but it never seems to really teach her to go to bed, and stay there. $100 to anyone who is willing to take Elise and bedtime and train her ;) I'm running out of patience. Last night when she woke up for the umpteenth time I walked in her room and actually slammed the door I was that mad!! Don't worry once I pick her up I am very gentle towards her, but still angry ever. Ahhhh...what to do?! I can't take much more of this.
Story of my life.