For a couple of weeks now, during the day, the longest he will nap in his crib is 20 minutes. If I lay down with him, then he will nap for a couple of hours, however at least half of that time my nipple will be in his mouth.
This habit appears to be moving into the night. In addition my ability to get him into his crib when he is asleep appears to be diminishing.
Yesterday, we were at my in-laws for a visit. A visit to the in-laws is always stressful for Husband and very exciting for Baby. Normally Baby would have napped during the time that we were there, but the environment is so exciting (why don't grandparents & Aunts like babies to sleep?) that he won't nap. He will only nurse enough to keep his energy up, not as thoroughly as at home.
He did nap for about 20 minutes on the drive home, which seemed to be enough to give him his second wind, so that when we arrived home he was all happy and awake.
Around 6pm, Baby had a bath and then had his p.j.s put on. I was planning on giving him a quick dinner and then starting the bed-time wind down, but while I was putting his p.j.s on, he latched on. I nursed him and surprisingly he fell asleep. He went down in his crib no problem. Husband and I started to take advantage of the free time, however Baby woke up about 20 minutes after going down, so that didn't happen. I nursed him down again, and this time he was down for a few hours.
I put myself to bed at 11pm and fell right to sleep. Unbeknownst to me, Dog woke up Baby when Husband and him returned from his night time walk. Husband spent an hour trying to get Baby back to sleep with no luck.
At first trying to nurse him was like trying to corral a hurricane, he was making noise and trying to escape but at the same time trying to nurse. Finally he nursed himself and I to sleep.
At some point I transferred him to his crib - he was asleep - I then crawled into bed with Husband, checking the time. 10 minutes later Baby was crying. I repeated process - nurse, wait till Baby is really asleep, transfer to crib, hold hand on Baby's chest until he is settled, pull up side of crib, creep away, crawl into bed with Husband: 10 minutes later Baby is crying.
For the rest of the night I nursed and dozed with Baby in the nursing chair in his room. There were times when he was asleep but still sucking, so I would unlatch him, as soon as I did he would just latch right back on. There were a couple of times when he wasn't latched on and was asleep so I tried to put him in his crib, but as soon as his body touched the mattress he was crying.
I spent 20 minutes in bed with Husband last night.
I am really feeling at the end of the rope. I am not getting enough uninterrupted sleep. My body is aching from not getting the requisite time for restoration. (I had a check-up with my Doctor this week, and I have actually shrunk half an inch) Baby is much grouchier and clumsier than he should be.