So I finally got Tristan off of a pacifier. He hasn't had one for just about a week. This is a blessing in disguise for sure. He used to put his pacifier in when it was time for bed and that was a signal to his body to go to sleep. So, he would just curl right up and go to sleep. Nap time and bed time were very easy! Now, even though he doesn't ask for a pacifier, he has nothing to associate with bedtime and it is much more difficult to get him to fall asleep. I know that when he had the pacifier, he would wake up during the night, root around for the pacifier that fell out of his mouth, and go right back to sleep. Now, he wakes up, can't find anything to soothe him and comes to find me rather than going back to sleep. I put him down with a sippy cup of water, which he loves, and I've been trying to give him a stuffed animal or a special blanket or something. So far nothing has stuck as a soother for him.
Wade is the same way. He quit taking a pacifier about 3 months ago. I haven't been able to get him "hooked" on anything else, so he uses me! He wakes up 2-3 times during the night and wants to nurse...not really to fill his tummy, but more to soothe. He often is awake for a little while, so I take him out of his room so he doesn't wake up Tristan. I can't take him into our room, because I don't want to wake up Jason, so we end up on the couch. I usually spend at least half of the night on the couch with one of the boys. I'll get one back to sleep, lay them down, go back to my own bed, wake up a half hour later with the other one and start the process again. I'm lucky if I get a full hour of sleep straight in my own bed. These are my two little sleep disorders. Any suggestions????
1 week ago