Dreading Nights

These past few weeks nights have been very difficult. When I started weaning Avery it was going great. She was taking it good and falling asleep without having to be nursed. Then all of a sudden I feel like we took 5 steps back. Lately the only way I am able to get Avery to sleep is by nursing and even nursing her to sleep is taking longer than it used to. She also wakes up numerous times during the night and the only way I can calm her down and get her back to sleep is if I nurse her. I am so careful when I get in and out of bed so that I don’t wake her but even before I fall asleep she wakes up needing to nurse. I don’t want to dread nights I want to love them! I want to be able to cuddle Josh and Avery and have us all have a great night sleep. I am feeling very discouraged right now and I feel like I am not able to meet Avery’s needs at night or help her to stay asleep. I feel awful that she’s not sleeping through the night and that I’m cranky sometimes because of it. I very much need a good night sleep especially to be the mom that I want to be for Avery. I have tried everything I can think of to calm her down and get her back to sleep without nursing or to at least sleep through the night but nothing has worked so far. I am not one to let Avery cry it out but if anyone has any other ideas I’d love to hear them! I will continue to do the best that I can do for her and it may mean nursing her to sleep longer than I planned but I’m hoping a full nights sleep is going to come soon! At least during the day she’s an angel! Thank goodness I love Avery more than words can say and would do anything for her!

5 thoughts on “Dreading Nights

  1. I say this in a soft tone…tough love is worth the thought. Avery loves your presence, so think about weaning her but still comforting her. Holding, rocking. She has an association to you, and nursing. Josh may have to pull night duty to assist the transition. I believe it takes a week to 10 days to break a routine. Maybe introduce a pacifier again. I have a few books I can send you, if your interested. You need sleep. Kids are a bit more flexible, but an over tired you isn’t healthy, in many ways!!! Call anytime! Xoxo

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  2. I have been in this same place, and it’s the closest thing to feeling alive and dead all at the same time. It’s miserable and I remember many days where I would find myself in a ball just crying uncontrollably nearly every day. I do agree with the comment above though^^^^ because it is what I had to do with our son. Although some of his problem was related to milk allergies and such. I am praying it all comes together for you and you can get some rest. The only thing that keeps me sane when I went through it was telling myself, they will eventually sleep, and they won’t always be little. Enjoy the hard times, they won’t always be here either. Sending love and rest! ❤️

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