Night time reassurance

posted by Jeff | Sunday, July 17, 2011, 7:20 PM | comments: 0

Simon is going through a difficult phase at night lately. He wakes up several times during the night, especially in the first few hours after he goes to bed, and screams at the top of his lungs until someone comes to see him. I mean, he really belts it out with as much drama as he can muster.

As the doctors and baby books will tell you, the right thing to do is ignore him, and let him work it out. If you set the precedent that you'll show up, he'll just keep doing it. That's hard to work with, because it doesn't feel natural to ignore him, especially for the mom. I try to take the approach where if he goes at it for 15 minutes, I'll go up, lay him back down, tell him goodnight, and leave quickly. What's frustrating is that he's getting up with less drama a few times after midnight, though he mostly seems to fall back asleep on his own.

I feel like he's taken a step back. We got through his debinkification relatively easily, though I wonder if that wasn't still a device he needed for sleep. As I've said before, he stopped using it during the day months before, but he seemed to need it for sleep, and I had no objection to that. We also wonder if his recent bout of constipation has caused some of his issues.

We're definitely entering a tantrum phase for Simon. He gets angry and upset when he can't do something the first time, and he also gets ugly when we stop him from doing something he shouldn't be doing. He's just not very patient sometimes. He's far from unmanageable, but you hate to see him acting that way when he's mostly happy and smiling.


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