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March 18th, 2009

Cooper does not whimper.   He doesn’t sniffle.   When he’s sad, mad, hungry, hurt or bored, he WAILS.   As I write, he is screeching in his bed.   I put him down nearly an hour ago to sleep, and he is awake, for whatever reason.   Last night he did this from 7PM until nearly midnight.   He has gone through these phases a few times before,   but mostly when he was sick, so I’m not sure how legit this round is, as he seems healthy!   But this has been going on for a week now, and I have got to get it to stop.

I get so frustrated.   You figure that a Mommy Work Day is typically from about 6AM until about 7 or 8, right?    And there are  no breaks, unless all involved nap for some length of time at the exact same time.   So we’re talking about a 13 to 14 hour work day, right?   And once I put these rascals in bed, I expect them to stay there!   I need them to!   I have an endless list of things to do, and sometimes, for goodness sakes, I just want to collapse on the couch and vegetate!  

The worst of it is that Kenny and Cooper share a room, and though Kenny “sleeps” through a lot of Cooper’s shenanigans, I know that it must affect the quality of his sleep, no matter how quickly I get in there to scoop  up Cooper.   Tonight Kenny is asleep in my bed for the time being, but that’s happening too frequently, too, and that’s not good sleep, either.   For some reason, when Kenny’s in the bed, Dudley seems to think that it’s a slumber party, and he wedges himself right on in there, head on my pillow and everything, right down to the paws gently caressing my shoulder.  

What to do?   Allow the wails to continue as my heart is ripped out with each ragged breath?   Or go up and re-rock/snuggle/cuddle/sing/nurse every time he wakes up  until he gives in and sleeps for the rest of the night??

Looks like I’m going up there again.   I just can’t take it.     Help!


  1. Kimmie says

    Definitely do NOT re-nurse. He is teething and using you as a pacifier! I made this mistake with #1 and it was a horrible few months trying to re-wean her off of the night nursing. Comfort and pat, yes… pick up and nurse – no way! 😉

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  2. Stacey says

    try picking up a bottle of homeopathic teething drops at your local health food store…..you may find it works a miracle in the child.

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  3. Jessica says

    I struggled for a YEAR with Blaine on this one. He screamed for almost 2 hours for a week straight and would not sleep. As soon as I nurse him though, out like a light. Not good. Hold your ground sister and “comfort, pat”.

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  4. Ann says

    This is going to sound really mean but I would let him cry it out. If he is teething? give him some motrin before bed.

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