This handsome little Moose refuses to sleep! Well, I should rephrase that, he refuses to fall asleep on his own and stay asleep once he is laid down alone.
He's an incredibly happy and easy baby with everything else. He eats like a champ. He entertains himself and plays well alone. He loves his sister and laughs at all her crazy antics that mommy does not understand. His snuggles can cure my grumpiest mood. And that smile is like sunshine! But this kid does not sleep.
Now Mr. Moose, he's a completely different story! He has no self-soothing skills and needs to be cuddled until he falls asleep. Up until about 3 weeks ago, once you cuddled him to sleep, you could lay him down and he would stay asleep. But it has been getting worse. You never know what is going to happen when you lay him down. Will he stay asleep? Whine and wiggle, but not really wake up? Melt down into total hysterics? Maybe if that was happening at bed time around 8 pm and then he slept through the night I wouldn't have anything to complain about. But he's doing that at 8 pm, 11pm, and 4 am. And he has been demanding to be nursed back to sleep in the middle of the night.
Nap time isn't much better, but a nice 3 hour stretch of sleep in the afternoon actually seems like a win. Whereas it feels like a total failure at 11pm.
I'm desperate to teach him some self-soothing skills, but I have no idea how. And my sleep deprived brain cant think of any way to fix this.
And if this makes no sense- just know I wrote it in 3 parts around the cuddling & nursing of an exhausted baby. Which is pretty much the way we've been living life the last 2-3 weeks.