Since about two months, Abby has been (what I consider) sleeping through the night. We start the process of putting her to bed around 8:00 depending on when she’s showing signs of being hungry. At which point, mom or dad give her a bottle. I’m nursing her full-time, but we introduced a bottle around 2-weeks so she would (hopefully) be comfortable with either. And at the time, we were planning on putting her in daycare, so it was essential that she take a bottle. Bottles also spell f-r-e-e-d-o-m for mom (it’s best if you say the word ‘freedom’ like Mel Gibson in Braveheart).
Anyhoo, so we do a bottle and then get her all swaddled-up (she is still digging the swaddle at 3.5 months) and rock/walk/bounce/sing her to sleep (we’ve tried letting her put herself to sleep. That doesn’t work yet!) On a good night, she’s asleep and in bed by 9:00. Other nights, it’s closer to 10:00, and worse case scenario even later.
She’s still in a bassinet by our bed and will sleep until 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. at which point I feed her and she goes back to sleep until 8:00 or 9:00.
It’s been great because I can have some one-on-one time with The Hubs in the evenings (well, at least an hour) before I head to bed. Or sometimes I spend it trying to clean up and get ready for the next day of chaos. I would love to spend this time blogging…but I’m not quite there yet.
But back to the reason for this post.
A girl can get used to sleeping 6-7 hours at night (a girl being ME). So when the baby decides to start waking up one or even two times a night…a girl can get kinda cranky. Again, a girl being me.
For the past two nights we’ve done our same routine…bottle, swaddle, bed…but Abby has woken up at 1:00 and 3:00 wanting to eat. Then she’s only sleeping until around 7:00 a.m. It’s kind of killing me.
The Hubs said he read somewhere that women produce some magical hormones that help them cope with the sleepless nights after their babies are born. And I totally believe it because I was getting basically 4 hours of sleep each night for several weeks and never felt “rundown.” But now? Now I’m exhausted after getting up only twice during the night! Where the hell is that hormone now?! And can I get some more please?
Maybe it’s just a growth spurt.
Perhaps she is sick of sleeping next to mom.
Maybe she just doesn’t want her arms strapped down anymore.
Who the heck knows!?
That’s the completely aggravating part. I have no idea what’s going on in that little brain of hers and probably never will. But I need a game plan.
As sad as it makes me, I think it’s time to move her up to her crib.
Honestly, I never thought she’d stay in her bassinet for more than about a month. But somehow that turned into 3.5 months. Whoops. It’s just so easy having her right there. Plus, I kinda love having her next to me so I can just peek over and see my little burrito sleeping soundly. When I move her up to the nursery I’ll need to start using a baby monitor and making the trek all the way upstairs when she needs me.
Ok, so maybe I’m just being lazy.
So that’s the first thing I’ll try.
Next, I’m thinking maybe I’ll start swaddling her with her arms out. She’s recently discovered her hands and loves to stare at them and suck on her fists. So maybe having them accessible will help, without having to give up the snuggly fit of the swaddle cold turkey.
And that’s my plan. It ain’t much, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Momma needs some zzzzzz’s, or a whole lotta coffee. Stat.
Anyone else out there experience something similar? People keep telling me that “oh, well if she’s already sleeping through the night it will just get better.” Well, it’s not getting better. Like I said, this is the opposite of progress.
Welcoming suggestions and caffeine.