Hi, lurker here with a huge problem.
We are 18 days away from LO's first birthday, and he's still waking at least every 2 hours if not sooner. Lately he'll have nights where it's every 45 mins to an hour. We have bedshared with him from day one. I nurse him to sleep and when he wakes up, and I have really loved it...but I am starting to wonder if it's what's best for everyone concerned at this point.
I am a nurse and I work 12 hour shifts three days in a row, so I can have four days off with him in a row. But he is pretty staunchly reverse cycled by the time I finish my last shift. It takes me all four days to get him back to nursing mostly in the daytime, instead of at night.
I am at a complete loss as to how to begin to transition him to a bed of his own...and am even a little doubtful if that would even help. But something has to change, this is not working at all. On days that I work, I am only getting roughly 4 hours of sleep with all of his wakings...and it is really rough to work 12 hours on that little sleep...especially after 7 months of it, I think it's starting to affect my health.
He will not take a pacifier from me; he will on occasion let DH put him back to sleep, but mostly just kicks and screams until I take him back and nurse him. I try to do the Pantley pull-off before he is properly asleep, but it hasn't really staved his growing boob addiction.
Any suggestions, or at least commiseration, would be greatly appreciated.