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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling exhausted. I needed to vent to people who understand, but honestly, I thought I'd get a bunch of people telling me that's how it is with a baby so suck it up and get used to it. Thanks for not doing that, although it's true...LOL! I am taking Paxil for post-pardum depression which I didn't even think was post-pardum depression, just sleep-deprivation since I am absolutely thrilled to have a baby again, but the doc said it is the same thing. Go figure. I have a 10-year-old and keep telling myself that it really does get better and this sleep-deprivation period is only temporary, but it doesn't make it any easier going through it.

We tried the doc's suggestion of letting her cry it out and not feed her at night. She cried for about an hour the first night and we refused to feed her. She eventually went back to sleep and the 2nd night (last night) she slept from 9pm til 5:15am - YEAH! I, on the other hand, did not sleep very well. I am too exhausted to sleep and have never been one to be able to nap during the day, although lately, I have been laying down and resting when DD is napping. I assumed that since DD was waking up hungry and going back to sleep afterwards, that she needed the nighttime feeding, but the doc says that after 4 months they don't need it. She's on solids during the day now (they recommend starting them at 4 months) and is taking in all of the calories that she needs during the day and she's up at night out of habit or wanting to be held (I asked about giving water instead so she realizes it's just not worth it, but the doc said if she just wants to be held, she'll take whatever we give her and it won't solve our problem). It's rough listening to her cry it out, but the doc said it should only take about a week to break her of it. If it does, it'll be a rough week for me, but I'm desparate to try anything to get her to sleep so I have an opportunity to sleep (whether or not I can actually sleep is a different story, but easier to deal with than having to get up at night).

I'm glad to know that there are other women out there who feel the same way, although I'm sorry for everyone else who's not sleeping either. I completely understand!

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