I’ve written before about how tough I can find it to keep Poppet still and happy for 4 1/2 hours at a time (even though it is just once a week). The other day I hit my breaking point. She had done so well for the first 2 hours of services, and on the hour-long break she was full of energy and really tired. I tried so hard to get her to sleep for the other 1 1/2 hours, but she just couldn’t seem to fall asleep. The same old pattern emerged. Put her down, screaming, pick her up, screaming, try to nurse her, screaming, try to cuddle, screaming….. she doesn’t know what she wants, and I don’t know what to do to console her!
I can feel the eyes of all those around me, wondering why I can’t get her under control. Trust me, we’ve tried everything! So finally, this morning, I woke up, locked myself in the bathroom, and had a good cry. It felt great! It let all the pent-up frustration out, and gave me the starting point to try anew. The only way I see to fix the present situation is to hold her to put her to sleep for each daily nap, but that in itself makes for bigger problems on the day-to-day basis when she won’t then go to sleep on her own. It seems like a lose-lose situation, but I know it will get better (she has come so far already). I know if we hang in there that the effort will be rewarded in the long run! Until then, if you have any suggestions (other than the fact that it can’t be done) please leave your comments below!
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