We all want what we can't have. It makes life truly unfair sometimes.
My DH asked what I wanted for my birthday. I said one full night's sleep. Just one. He smiled and said, "anything else?"
I settled for asking for a new hoodie.
Despite boldly proclaiming that "when Milkbaby is ready to sleep through the night, he will", I have to confess to continuing my search for the holy grail of motherhood. From cry-it-out to co-sleeping, I feel like I've read just about every expert perspective or opinion.
Sleep (chiefly the lack of it) is still the most talked-about topic at my coffee/play groups. We swap tips on what might have worked (but who really knows), groan in sympathy at someone's story of an extremely bad night (or succession of bad nights), brag (just a little) and celebrate when someone's baby is regularly "sleeping through", and discuss the latest guidebooks we're reading.
In desperation a few weeks ago, I borrowed The No-Cry Sleep Solution from the library. The premise is nice, but some nights, preventing tears at bedtime in either mama or baby is very very difficult. And it has some nice ideas in it too, nice in the way you might use the phrase "nice for some". I'm not going to claim to have truly followed "The Solution" to the letter ... it's more that I have incorporated some of the techniques into my evening/nightly routines.
Mostly to no avail. And even if we have a "good" night, I am left wondering what I did that worked, when in reality I probably had nothing to do with it. So the same routine is repeated the following night, with (of course) wildly different results.
As Einstein said, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".
That makes sense. Parenthood is a special type of madness.
Best advice so far?