...or he's in his bed just sitting there. (Also, he's not always smiling, especially if I've let him cry a little...) I've removed the front bumper and so he's not standing as much anymore, but he'll just sit there, and I don't think he knows how to go back to a sleeping position. So, the problem is that if he wakes up early morning, he doesn't put himself back to sleep, and if I go up to his room and lay him down, he starts crying and he will cry as long as I let him until I nurse him. My question is this, what do I do??? Will he figure out how to lay back down and I should just let him cry? Also, lately he's been waking up at 4 am to nurse, and then he goes back to sleep and sleeps until 7:30 or 8 (he goes to bed around 7). He used to wake up around 5:30 or 6 to nurse and then go back to sleep. What's your opinion - should I just let him cry if he wakes up before 7 am? Or is this just a common phase and I should continue to nurse him if he wakes up early early?
Another issue is that he has stopped wanting to take naps. Now, I let him cry and for the past 2 days he has cried during his ENTIRE nap time (2 hours or more). I'll go up, get him calm, lay him down and then he'd start crying again. This is a more pressing issue than the night because I know he's tired during the day (and you know how important those nap breaks are to us moms)! Just look at this picture taken at the end of a nap-less day...so tired!
Before I had a child, I thought I'd only have a few months of waking up in the middle of the night and at the crack of dawn, and that my child would be on a 2 nap a day schedule that he followed religiously...how little I knew...
Thanks blogger friends for your advice.