I am desperate for some advice! This sweet little son of mine is having some serious sleep issues that I can't handle any more.
I guess I was pretty spoiled when Camden started sleeping 12 hours a night at just 2 months old. So why can't he continue this pattern now? His(more like my) recent sleeping troubles got worse about a month ago when he decided he didn't want to take afternoon naps. Well, whats wrong with that you ask, lots of children won't take naps? Let me give you a run down of a typical day at our house.
-5am-Camden is awake and whining in his crib for someone to come get him
-6am-I give in, get him out of his crib, we eat breakfast
-630am-We, mostly he(I am half asleep still) plays with toys
-8am-Camden is starting to get ornery and we head off to the gym(the daycare doesn't open until now)
-930am-Camden is exhausted and falls asleep on the ride home
-11am-He is wide awake and done with his nap
Don't ask me what gets done during this time other than keeping my child alive
230pm-Camden is whining and wanting to be held and crying "mama mama", we attempt a nap
330pm-Camden is still crying in his crib, attempting to take a nap
345pm-I give in and get him up from his "nap"
From this time until he goes to bed all he does is whine and rub his eyes!
730pm-Bedtime, he goes right down!
I have tried everything I can think of, good and bad. I tried getting up with him at 5am to start the day. I tried giving him a bottle in bed. I tried putting him in bed with me. I tried keeping him awake to take 1 nap during the middle of the day. I tried keeping him up later at night. No matter what happens during the day, how late or early he goes to bed, he is up at the same time. It is the same fight everyday! HELP, I don't know what else to try. Is this normal(whatever that means) behavior?
I love my son dearly and I understand many parents have worse things to worry about, but I'm sure many of you have been where I am now. And when you are in the middle of it, nothing is worse. Camden really is a good kid, other than he is exhausted every afternoon and I can't do a darn thing about it, or can I?