We have two (bottle and co-sleeping) struggles at night in our house. Kale still gets bottles at night to go to sleep. He gave up the paci on his own at 4 months. He is not slowly edging toward 3 and still hooked on the bottle because it became his "comfort thing". He wakes up in the night, comes to join us in our bed, and
Last night, I gave something new a try. I was flying by the seat of my pants with it. Kale came to our bed and asked for milk. I got him the milk. An hour later, he woke up and asked for more milk. I refused. Holy fit. My husband's back took a beating (sorry babe!) because he was on the foot end of Kale. I had the flopping and whailing head. Yet, I refused him. Finally, I told Kale that if he wanted milk, he had to go back to his bed to drink it. By golly, it worked. Sort of. He went and got into his bed and I delivered his milk. He thin stayed there until a little before 6am. He crawled into our bed and asked for milk. Before I could refuse him, he was snoring. He woke up around 7am, told me he was wet but not to touch him. Ok. He zonked back out. Yes, I let him lay there asleep in his pee. Do I win the mommy of the day award? I got up and took a shower and fully expected a wet and irritable boy to greet me before I was done showering. Nope. I got dressed and still he slept. I was putting away clothes in his room when he finally go out of our bed and meandered in. His first comment was not about being wet, but was right on cue for the first thing he asks me most mornings: where's daddy? I reminded him that daddy had already gone to work. Then, just as casually as ever, he tells me he is wet. Oh, to be two.
I don't know all the answers and I don't even know if I have really found a new method to this crazy madness of our night life. But something has got to give. The bottle has to go. The sleeping half the night in his bed, half the night in our bed needs to change too.
I am open to suggestions....