Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I Need Sleep!!!!



I LOVE my Wiggle Bean but man I need some sleep! Wiggle Bean will be 7 months old this weekend and has only slept through the night a total of 4 times, and none of them were consecutive nights.

A standard evening schedule is feeding around 5:30 when we get home, solid food dinner around 6:30, and an 8oz bedtime bottle around 8:00. She is typically in bed asleep by 8:30. She used to wake up about 3:00 for a snack and then would go right back to sleep, waking up around 6:00 for the day.

On weekends when she would wake up, I would go in and we would sleep together on the spare bed in her room until about 7:30.

These past couple nights have been rough! She has been wanting to go to bed a little earlier, around 8:00, and is really cranky if you try to keep her awake. Last night, I woke up about 2:15 (darn that internal timer!) wondering why she had not gotten up yet for her snack. Just as I was dozing off (about 2:30) she woke up. So I got up and went in to her room for our usual snack but apparently it was not snack time, it was play time.

So at 2:30 AM, I am trying everything I can think of to get her to lay back down to sleep. We tried tummy time sleeping, co-sleeping, I put her in her crib and tried to let her "cry it out", I put her in her pack-n-play in my room thinking her room might be to warm, we tried laying on the couch. Nothing worked, she cried and I got more and more frustrated (and tired!). Finally about 4:30 AM I gave up and we played blocks in the living room, she couldn't have been happier.

At 5:00 I usually get up to shower and prep everything for the day and get ready for work. So I brought her into the bathroom with me. She sits in her bouncer and plays while I shower. The steam has been really good for the cold that I posted about Sunday. After my shower, I took her back to the living room with me and she played with her blocks while I made breakfast and lunch for hubby (who was happily snoring away during all this!) and I. About 5:40 Wiggle Bean started crying and throwing a tantrum. She was obviously tired. I fed her and she passed out so I put her in her bed and finished my morning routine in peace and quite (except for the angry grumbling about how I would have loved to be sleeping that was going on in my head).

About 6:30 (15 minuted before I needed to leave) I went in her room and flicked the light on. Did she wake up? NO! I had to drag her snoring body out of bed. I picked her up and put her on my bed (which was empty because hubby finally got out of bed so he could get ready for work), changed her diaper and got her dressed all while she was still sleeping (MUST BE NICE!!!).

All total, I got just over 4 hours of sleep last night. I have had worse but I could use a few days of catch up sleep.

I have been trying to figure out what is causing the change in sleep pattern and here is what I have come up with:
  • Teething: She currently has her 2 front bottom teeth and her upper gums are not swollen
  • Growing: I thought they slept more during these periods.
  • To hot: It has been 90+ these past couple days and her room was 84 last night.
  • Daycare: I asked at day care and she apparently slept most of the day on both Monday and Tuesday.
I am leaning towards daycare being the cause of my lack of sleep but if she is tired during the day, how do you force her to stay awake?

Any Suggestions?

15 comments:

Sarah said...

So cute. Best of luck with the sleep. Our youngest sleeps with us so the sleep isn't the issue but instead the "in bed with us" issue!

Kasey@ All Things Mamma said...

Well, my children are not the best examples at sleeping but this I do know...If they are overtired, they won't sleep well at night. Do not cut out naps because you think they'll sleep better. Opposite works. I think you're better off going with teething, growing, changes AND just being a baby!
My 14 mo old just slept 3 nights in a row for the FIRST TIME EVER! We just went through 3 nights last week like you described above. It's ROUGH! I know!!! Good luck and hang in there. Also, check out sleepyplanet.com I really learned alot from there and their book!

MoziEsmé said...

Hey, my 2yo girl's sleep schedule changes constantly! As soon as I think I have it figured out, she'll decide to pull an all-nighter or get up at an unearthly hour. About the only consistent thing is she sleeps 10 hours a day, but it doesn't seem to matter when it is.

So I've got no advice for you. Except maybe sleep as much as you can when she's sleeping, but I'm sure you've heard that before. I've felt guilty because I can't get her to stick to a routine like some moms swear by, but I'm over it now!

PippaD said...

When you find out can you let me know! Baby Boy has settle into a routine of going to sleep around 9pm and then wakes up at 3am for a feed and then again at 5:50am for the day.

I am lucky that I seem to function well on five/six hours sleep a night with the occasional longer sleep when Daddy lets me!

sheila said...

First off, day care LETS her sleep most of the day? Hmmmm. That's not right. I could see one nap...but not more than an hour or so.

The room sounds really warm, I'm sure you have a fan.,.what about something with a steady hum? Does the fan hum? You know, like one of those vaporizer hum sounds?

Gosh, I'm so glad I'm over all that, lol. I enjoy my sleep!

Susie said...

So cute!!

The Gang's Momma said...

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the pb cake was yummy. Room for tweaking and improving, but yummy for sure.

And I remember the sleepless nights with a baby. Hang in there. It does get better. It must, I did it four times biologically and started over with a toddler after 40 :)

dominique said...

I haven't gotten a real full night's sleep since 5yrs ago . #2 still wakes up every night even though he is 2yrs 7mths now.. he refuses to sleep in his own bed and will scream for me to accompany him.. the elder one can sleep by himself now at 5yrs old.

Sherean said...

Oh gosh, I feel your pain. We tried Ferber's book at 4.5 months and were able to eliminate the midnight and 4:00 a.m. feedings pretty quickly (within days) and he started sleeping 11 hours. I also read in the Baby411 book that it's not true that the later you put them to bed, the later they get up. They say it's the opposite. Earlier to bed, later to rise, they say. So I've actually been putting my little guy to bed at 7:30; it's working and he sleeps till 7:00. Brief wakings at night. Alas, though, he is not a great napper, so I'm working on that. Check out Ferber's book. He would say that at 7 months, she doesn't need the 3:00 a.m. snack and is developing associations which will make it harder for her to go back to sleep (like if she wakes at 6:00) without a bottle. I hope this helps! We actually had a baby nurse help us at 4 months. I think I would KILL myself if we were still dealing with it. Good luck!!! I hope your cutie pie gets in a good routine for you soon.

Kristen Andrews said...

I have been there, and do not miss those days at all

Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . said...

I remember those sleepless nights well. My youngest didn't really sleep through the night till he was over a year old. Oops, maybe I shouldn't tell you that! I would definitely speak to the daycare and let them know that the poor thing has her days and nights muddled up and you need for them to help you out a little by maybe shortening her naps. Good luck!

And, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kristin said...

I can offer you no help, because I had horrible sleepers myself. I must have liked it becasue I got myself and on call night job which is pretty much the same thing (sleep wise) as having a baby again- what was I thinking!?!? Thanks for your comment yesterday. I saw on your profile you are in Oregon, have you alyways lived there? Like it? Somewhere we want to go.

everyday mom of one said...

Hi thanks for visiting my blog and sharing about being a mom of 1 only!!. As for sleep we were pretty lucky with Jack but I have learnt this, routine works and sleep = sleep. So don't try and keep her up later if she is tired it wont help any.

everyday mom of one said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. No sleep can be painful. I would get the daycare to get her into a nap routine maybe 2 naps of 1.5 hrs and then put her down a little earlier (yes I have learnt that more sleep actually equals more sleep for little ones and keeping them up late at night doesnt help).

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

I'm going through this right now. I know the feeling of exhaustion. Some days, I feel like walking over to my sleeping husband who is oblivious to all this and telling him to take over for a night. But he has less patience than me.

 

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