We will soon be enacting the great plan to get more sleep. This will involve putting Madeleine down in her crib semi-awake, and hoping that she will eventually be able to put herself back to sleep when she wakes up. We don't really have much of a plan, but know that it will involve a lot of screaming and crying (from her and me, most likely). I have been mostly against this plan, but it really is something that needs to happen sometime soon. Currently she nurses to sleep, and she wakes to nurse at least every two hours if not much much more. I've talked the sleep problem over with the pediatrician, and with one of her oncologists in L.A. Both doctors are against the standard "cry it out" program, but everyone agrees that we need to do something. Part of that is getting her to realize that she can fall asleep in other ways. I'm trying very hard to gear myself up to do this, because I know that in the long run it will be better for all of us.
She needs a few more days to heal and hopefully de-stress from the hospital. She has been nearly impossible to put to sleep these past couple of nights since we've been home. She's been going to bed very late, around midnight, and it takes a herculean effort to get her to actually go to sleep. Hours spent rocking and nursing only to put her down asleep and have her wake up completely hysterical five minutes later. Tylenol with codeine worked very well in the hospital to put her to sleep, but it seems to have the opposite effect here at home. She has needed some pain meds, and we've been using a mixture of straight tylenol, and tylenol with codeine.
Any advice on how to do this sleep thing will be appreciated!