BUT for the last two weeks he's been waking me on the average of 10-12 times. One night it seemed to be every 30 minutes. He doesn't appear ill, he simply won't sleep...and he wants to nurse all day and all night. This too is odd because he had shown signs of self-weaning and would often go the whole day without nursing and only nursed at nap time or bed time. These nights I feel like a stone that is being skipped across a lake, just as I begin to sink into sleep I am forced upward and onward towards the shore of morning without coming to a rest.
Yesterday I was so exhausted I was unable to take Satch out in the sunshine to play. I didn't have the strength to get dressed and remained in my pajamas ALL day. "Play blocks", he said, "Play cars"! And I did...I played. In the evening he patted my leg and said, "mama", then patted his chest and said, "happy". I was relieved that I was able to make it through without bursting into tears or collapsing into a rumpled heap on the floor because the truth is I'm so tired that I ache....and I was happy that he was happy. Last night I got one 2 hour stretch of sleep. I am trying to make it to through the week. I just don't know what to do...I keep telling myself that it will pass.
*It should be noted that Satch is a co-sleeping child. His bedtime and nap time are dictated by his own circadian rhythm, not mine, not a schedule from a book. We simply watched for his cues and adjusted our lives accordingly. He usually naps between 2-3pm and is ready for bed between 8-8:30pm. He never resists going to bed...he goes happily and I with him.
Has anyone else experienced this?
(By the way, I am STILL reading the book "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv and I have so much I want to say about it, but it will have to wait until I have the energy)