Seriously. I am going insane. I know I've talked a bit about Libby's sleeping (or really, lack of) and how it is making me crazy. Well, it is official. I am ready to go check myself into the loony bin (or a really nice hotel) until she is taking naps like she should.
I know that she needs naps. Everyone knows that babies need naps. Why doesn't she know it? I have been doing some of the things from Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Nap Solution, and I think it would work a lot better if I had time to devote to it. But here's the problem, I have a 2 and 4 year old that need me. As it is, I am devoting most of my day to get Libby to take a nap. She goes down for 20-30 minutes and then wakes up. The book tells me to go in right before she is to wake up and put my hand on her back to help her stay asleep. Well, that doesn't work. So, I end up being in there for another hour either nursing her or rocking/bouncing/shushing her back to sleep. Another HOUR that my 2 and 4 year old are on their own. This cycle then repeats in another 30 minutes. This continues until she has had at least 1.5 hours of sleep. That is her nap for the day. Yep, that's it. I can't devote anymore time to it though because then it's time to start making dinner and my other 2 neglected children will let me neglect them no longer.
Now, on the rare occasion that she does sleep for more than 30 minutes, it is quickly interrupted by the older two again. Because, I go in to help her stay asleep and they come in (despite the stop sign on the door that tells them to...STOP). So, again, that wakes her up.
I need help. I am not willing to do cry it out. I can't do that. I have read way too much about the detrimental effects of letting your baby cry. But, I need help.
I love Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution and the Nap Solution too. I think it is better suited for parents who just have one child, or a large age gap in their children. Because for us, it is just not working.
I really need help though. Please, help me. I am at my wits end. I am angry and frustrated and tired and cranky and my children are all paying the price for one not sleeping.