When I had Ethan, many people told me that as soon as he gained enough weight, he would easily sleep through the night. HA! Once again, our son has proven that he has his own set of rules and we are here to cater to his demands. I was reading today about babies and sleeping and most of the articles said that by 4 months, your baby should be sleeping through the night. And if you haven't already started "training" them to do so, you are severly screwed. I am terrified and now think that my son will never learn how to sleep and it is all my fault for not starting earlier.
Here is the situation. By 7pm, he is tired and wants nothing to do with playing or hanging out with Mommy or Daddy. He definately established that he is a morning person when he woke up at 6am giggling (that is just wrong!). We basically pick him up from daycare, feed him, make a few faces at him and then put him to bed. I tried to keep him up until 8pm (some article deemed this the appropriate hour for bedtime) and he basically screamed from 7 to 8. At this point 2 weeks ago, he would have slept until 1-2am and I would put his paci back in and he would go back to sleep. Then he would wake up at 5am and eat. Now... he wakes up screaming at 10, 1, 4 and then gets up at 7am for the day. Not just fussy at 1am but full on screaming at the top of his lungs. It is not nice to wake up that way. I tried his paci, and he refused. I tried to pat him and tell him to go back to sleep (like to books say) and it does not work. The only thing that works is feeding him. So now, we are back to square one. I have regressed and the books basically say it is all my fault. I am now doomed until he is 18 to never sleep again.
I have a co-worker who had her daughter at the same time. She said she has never even heard her cry. WTF???? I think, what if my son was like that. Then I think that he probably wouldn't smile as big, or laugh as loud or snuggle as much. :)