This post isn’t going to be the usual rainbows and buttercups that I post.
For the past 2+ weeks now, the wee babe has changed up her sleeping routine from sleeping through the night to waking 5-6 times a night.
I’m going absolutely bonkers. Last night she woke up 6 times I think between the hours of 12am – 6am.
She sleeps in her own bed/playpen. Nothing has changed about that. But what has changed is that we don’t let her cry now as much when she wakes up as we’re apartment living and we don’t want to wake up the entire building. So we let her cry for about a minute but that’s it. I’m too afraid after that that the entire building will get a letter outlining the quiet times… Aimed directly at us of course.
When she cries, I’m too tired to stand up and rock with her to try and quiet her down so the hubby picks her up and gives her to me in bed and I nurse her. Then after I’ve fallen asleep for a bit I wake up and put her (fast asleep) back into bed.
Plus she’s teething like a mad-woman. She had 6 teeth up until about 2 weeks ago and now she has 8 and I’m not totally sure if a 9th is coming in. 9 TEETH! Breastfeeding is becoming more and more dangerous by the hour. Especially since she likes to chomp down on me when she is teething.
Speaking of breastfeeding, I’m probably attached to her for 12 out of the 24 hours in a day. Come on now – she’s 8 months old!
It was a full moon here the other night so I understand that can do crazy things to people but this has gone on entirely too long (maybe not for her but definitely for me).
We’ve tried amber teething necklaces, Oragel, Tylenol, a bottle just before bed to top her up… nothing keeps her asleep.
I think what used to happen is that she would wake up in the middle of the night, put her fingers in her mouth and then go back to sleep. But for some reason, now she’s replaced her fingers with me. And I think we’ve officially started another nighttime habit.
I also have been reading that when they are trying to master a new milestone, they like to wake up and practice that. And since she has definitely been trying more and more to stand up on things, it makes sense that she wants to do this in her bed.
Ugh! I can’t take it anymore! Someone tell me this is just a phase that she’s going through and after the teething and the mastering of cruising, she will once again return to my well rested baby.
My mommy is coming soon to visit… hopefully she will have some good strategies for me. She did for the tweenager