An hour ago, the little one tossed and turned around. I knew most likely that she’s going to wake up, for I saw her eyes opening up at some point, and then she sat up at some other point. But she didn’t call out to me until quite a while later, asking me for milk. I looked at the time and it said 5.21am. Well, it’s not too much to ask for milk at this time and so I stood up, and asked her to wait. But the moment that happened, she cried and said that she wanted to follow. Well, I didn’t want that because firstly, I’m not fully functionally yet and I don’t have the strength to carry her, and secondly, I want her to sleep after that, which means I don’t want her to be too awake.
That woke the lil’ hub up, who simply just said with a very stern voice, “Stop crying.”
I told the lil’ hub to make the milk while I accompanied little milkie, but that didn’t stop her from crying. And so after almost a minute of wailing and me trying to coax her down, my level 2 method came out, i.e. I ignored her and talked to monkey (her soft toy) instead. That does it, after around 30 seconds, she stopped. Deciding that it’s useless for her to continue to whine and squeeze her tears out because I’m not falling into her trap. But the moment the lil’ hub came in, she started screaming, asking the dad not to hold the milk bottle. So I took the bottle from the lil’ hub, took out her pacifier and just stuffed the milk bottle into her mouth, and that shut her up.
Case closed. Right… it is close, on her part. She gladly continue to drink, and then after that passed the milk bottle to me and slept, with me tucking her in.
But before that, I’ve got one disgruntled lil’ hub who kept on saying that he’s going to buy a cane and hit her if she does that again. And then complained that she still woke up in the middle of the night to drink at such an old age.
Goodness gracious! Can and will caning cure everything? NO! It probably will just make matters worse! You need to understand how your child functions, and there should always be different levels of discipline. She only cried for less than 5 minutes and you wanted to cane her? So what happened if she cried for 30 minutes for no reason? Use a gun to shoot her (if you have)? Yes, it’s in the middle of the night and you are irritated, but I should be the one who should get more pissed off because I can’t sleep now! (for being such a light sleeper!)
And what’s wrong with waking up to drink at night? It’s not as if she does that often. And it’s been passed at least 6 hours from her last feed. She’s not waking up at 2am, and crying non-stop, nor insisting to play. It’s just hungry, and need milk. I’m hungry at that point too, so should I be caned as well? DUH!