DS was marvellous on the way out to the UK a month ago, but we got back on the 16th (I know, only a day or so!) and he is completely out of whack and I am going to insane. I took DS over on my own and I am now at home on my own as DH is away for work for the next couple of weeks. I have made every effort to stick to his routine.
So we got back to the house at 8:30pm, I bathed him, fed him and tucked him into bed. He slept until about 10:30 when he woke and it took until 3am when I finally took him into bed with me, for him to go back to sleep. He just kept on crying. He clearly wasn't in pain (stopped crying completely when picked up) or hungry (b/fed him). He just seemed to want to be as near to me as possible. Got him up at 9am the next day, he had a two hour sleep from 11-1 and another from 3-5, then bathed at 5:30, in bed by 6:15. Wonderful - he went to sleep, but woke at 9 and has been awake until 1:30. Again I have tried feeding and he is clearly not in pain, just wants to be near me. I am that tired (didn't sleep a wink on the plane), that I daren't take him into bed with me for fear i fall into too deep a sleep and roll onto him. But leaving him to cry is not a solution either (believe me, I have tried that in the last 4.5 hours!)
I am so tired I can barely see the keys to type this. So what I have done now is to leave the light on in his room and slightly dimmed. He is facing the other way to what he usually does in the cot and has been asleep for about 20 mins (but he has sobbed a couple of times during that period). I honestly think I have tried everything I can tonight, but I need to get a long term solution.
Before we travelled he was the BEST sleeper at night - from 6:30 til 6:30 EVERY night (well for a month before we travelled). While we were away he woke up anywhere from every hour and a half to every three hours. I attributed this to the fact that we were in the same room together and he could smell my breastmilk, but I am wondering if his sleep pattern is now just whacked. Or do you think he wakes expecting me to be in the room with him? He had a clear view of me from the cot in the room I was in in the UK.
PLEASE HELP! BTW DS is 4.5 months.