Parenthood is sometimes (okay, most of the time) exhausting.
I'm having with Hunter what I like to call the "Nap Wars".
Currently the score is Baby: 3, Mommy: 0.
And Mommy is losing it!!
It started a couple of weeks ago with Nap Problem #1!
It got to the point where Hunter had to literally be rocked to sleep for every single nap, otherwise he would not go to sleep in his crib (up until that point, I was able to rock him till he was groggy and lay him down that way, and he would go off to sleep on his own with his Mommy Bear (sounds of heartbeat) and his Rainforest Soother playing).
Mommy is getting tired of this becuz seeing as how Hunter only TAKES usually a 25 minute nap (the longest is 45 minutes but those are few and far between), I end up spending 15-20 minutes rocking and soothing him to sleep, and then by the time I start to do laundry or do the dishes or just RELAX he is waking up again! Argh! And yet I know he can nap for longer than that becuz in someones arms, he will sleep for a freakin' hour and a half! So that's my complaint, he won't soothe himself to sleep (I have to rock him till he's out) and then he only sleeps in his crib for like 25-ish minutes
And now the newest, Nap Problem #2, that started about 3 days ago?
Hunter WILL NOT NAP!!!! I rock him to "sleep" (I'm sure he's not fully out) and then gently lay him in his crib like always with his bear and soother on. Not even 10 or 12 minutes later, he is awake crying and whining his little heart out. So within the past day or so, after rereading the Baby Whisperer which says not to let him cry it out, I go in and put his paci back in his mouth and pat his back/belly or rub his head and "shhh-shhh-shhh" to try to soothe him back to sleep.
It doesn't freakin' work. He just cries and whines and screams and whines until I get so frustrated I take him back out. And then we end up with a cranky, tired baby who needs a nap but refuses to take one.
A little more background here. Hunter sleeps GREAT at night time. He goes to bed around seven p.m. and occasionally fusses a bit or "talks" but otherwise is able to soothe himself to sleep. We have a nap/bedtime routine that we follow: Diaper change, swaddle him up with one arm loose, pop in his paci, rock and soothe him and either talk/sing quietly a little bit after turning on his Bear and Soother, and then gently lay him in crib once he is asleep (or at bedtime, groggy). Then he sleeps through the night like a champ until approximately 6-7 a.m. the next morning.
I don't really know what else to do. Everyone keeps telling me to "stick with it" but stick with WHAT?? I feel like what I'm doing is not WORKING.
I'm frustrated and tired and exasperated.
Good thing he's so damn cute. I can't get mad at that face.