Jax's new sleep habits - or rather his lack there of - have really started to get the best of me. He wakes up at least twice a night just SCREAMING. It's not he most pleasant thing to be woken up by. I have tried everything - rocking him, a binky, nursing him, feeding him a bottle... but nothing other than nursing him has seemed to work. So that's what I have been doing to settle him down.
Well, last week I decided that I am ready to be done nursing. So, I have cut out all daytime feedings and just nurse first thing in the morning and right before bed. The bad news for Jax and anyone in a 20 miles radius trying to sleep at night, is that I refuse to nurse him in the middle of the night during his freak outs. It has been quite interesting. Let's just say that he is NOT impressed. It has been pretty rough.
First off, the whole weening thing isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially when Jax refuses a bottle. Formula is just out of the question and juice just gets a sip or two and then he's over it. So, this is just adding to the difficult nights.
Well, last night after talking to Brandi (so that means I got medical advice:) I decided that I was going to give him a bottle of milk in the middle of the night when he wakes up. I know, I know, no milk until you are 12 months, but hey I am desperate and so all the rules can just go right out the window. But, like I said Brandi is a respiratory therapist so her advice is like just as good as a doctor's, right? :)
So, of course Jax isn't that into milk - go figure. So, I decided to pump up the flavor a little. So, last night when he woke up for the first time, I busted out a bottle of chocolate milk. Yep, first I am giving milk too early and then I smother it with chocolate. At first he refused, but once he got a few tastes he started drinking. It didn't put him right to sleep, but it was the next best thing to nursing. It still took about twenty minutes to get him back to sleep, but he actually only cried for like 5 minutes. Sadly, he woke up again and he had to do the same routine, but it was definitely better than last night.
So, I guess that I will just have to accept that I am the mom who gives her ten month old chocolate milk. But, I am pretty much willing to do anything to get this little guy to not only sleep through the night, but to go back to sleep if he wakes up.