Ok I am a lurker who is very interested in this board. No one understands my method of parenting, hell, I don't either I am new to this. I am a FTM (typing with one hand at 1am) My DD will be 6 months old in 2 wks. She is EBF although we introduced solids around 4mos per her Ped because of low %tile.
From the time we left the hospital I have wondered if DD was colicky. After reading some posts I stopped eating dairy, which helped. I feel like we barely made it through the first 6 weeks but things got a little better. DD is a nurser and a momma's girl. I sah with her and have had maybe 3 breaks away from her ever. (2-3hr spans) I always put her in her pnp, in our room (I get better sleep with her in her own bed), which usually takes 3-5x to get her to finally sleep. Some nights its way worse. If she does sleep in her pnp for longer than two hours I am lucky. For the rest of the night she is in bed with me, nurses lying down (or I get no sleep). Some nights she sleeps well in bed and some nights she wants the boob at her face all night. It has gotten easier bedsharing, I admit I was completely against it at first, then reality hit that I need sleep. I have tried little spouts of CIO method, but am not sure its for me. I usually am holding her in tears in less than 10 minutes. I am so confused about what is right, and what is wrong.
I welcome any and all advice/experience because honestly I don't know what works best for us, nothing has seemed to except holding her most of the day. Also nursing always Always calms her. Am I making things harder for myself in the long run? Is there something else I can try? I feel like I am getting exhausted. Then I hear from friends and family that I need to formula feed because it makes them sleep longer, and to put cereal in her bottle. I don't know if they're right because it doesn't feel right to me. Then at church the other day someone commented when I said she doesn't nap well unless I hold her. Their eyes were huge and they rolled their eyes. Well she used to nap but the last month or so she doesn't. I swear she is just sleep deprived. She does play well and is learning at a normal pace, if not some what advanced. She has been in lower %tile (10th) since birth in weight but my milk is also like skim. Thank you for listening.
I am caving in tonight, she will be going to bed with me because I have to be up early and have unsuccessfully put her in her pnp 8 times. She had one tooth come in about a week ago, so I'm hoping that the second will be through soon. TIA!