This is what I want to do - go around and ask all mommies out there if at the age of my Ayesha, your baby still has trouble sleeping through the night. Ayesha will be 1 year and 6 months on this 16th of March. Most toddlers at her age, are already sleeping through the night. She doesn't. Well, she does at once every fortnight. The result? An exhausted, exhausted, grumpy dan frustrated Mommy. Not knowing what she wants or how else to make her sleep is far too frustrating.
As you all know, my baby is on breastmilk. So you guessed it, yepp, how I put her to sleep from the age of 0 is by breastfeeding her to sleep. One mistake I did, I know. The nurses had particularly told me this after I gave birth - that I must put her down as soon as she's full and let her sleep on her own. Tough, huh?? Knowing it is not the right thing to do, but is the easiest, and let's say, most comforting back then when I had resolved the issues with breastfeeding (Please backtrack my previous posts on breastfeeding).
I had a chat with my husband at 4am, and he shared his observation from this 'sleep' issue. According to him, it seems Ayesha just want to cuddle up (duduk celah ketiak dan bermanja- manja). You can see it from her action. I remember my mom told me this is normal in a child who's left at home. She's probably just bored and wants more of me than what I can give. The thing with finding comfort at the breast every hour or half an hour, is the same thing. Hubby said he thinks its because Ayesha doesn't want me to leave her for work. You'll see that she'd be OK if I say, Mommy's going to get you a drink from the kitchen. But I cannot go into the bathroom because that will mean I am going to take a shower and go to work. Separation anxiety much?
No, she didn't have too much sleep during the day either. In fact, I had observed that even though she only slept in the morning, she still had trouble sleeping through the night. This means still waking up with nightmare, or waking up every hour for milk. Or up to cuddle, or just cry and be uncomfortable. Yes, she did have dinner. In fact she ate a lot during dinner.
I suppose she will just grow out of this. Mommy also need to remember that when she 'signed up' as a mother, this will mean sleepless night, dirty diapers, vomit-smelling top and messy hair-do. Mommy will probably miss this when she grows old on her own.