You think I'm over-reacting. Of course he will fall asleep. Eventually he will get tired and just lay down and sleep. You're wrong.
Tonight, after our regular routine (dinner, bath, story, prayers), I took Peter up to get him to sleep, a bit before 7:00. He nursed, I sang a lullaby or five, we cuddled, I prayed the Rosary with him. I tried holding him, laying him next to me on the bed, laying him in his crib. Around 8:00, I gave him to my husband. It is now almost 8:30 and Peter is still awake. Still rubbing his eyes, still fussing occasionally, but still very much awake.
So that is one concern.
|What I wish Peter was doing now|
(minus the hot water bottle, since it is almost 80 in our house)
The other topic of conversation is night weaning. Originally, I thought that was a good plan. He is only waking about three times a night at this point, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get him to sleep through. After all, he will be down the hall, making it difficult (impossible) for me to respond without waking completely.
That's where the night-weaning train derailed. We have agreed that our parenting choices will not be based simply on our convenience. If it's not best for Peter, it's not an option. As much as I look forward to the occasional night of continuous sleep, I'm not going to force him to night-wean just for my convenience. If he wants comfort and a quick snack in the middle of the night, it's his. He will eventually outgrow it on his own. I will not make him act like a "big kid" earlier than he needs to.
Besides, as long as he is nursing around the clock, he might continue to suppress my fertility. And that is definitely a win-win situation!