Friday, July 18, 2008

Workin' in a Coalmine

Lord, I'm So Tired.

I don't know what is going on with my sweet, sweet sleeping baby. He used to sleep at least 6 hours every night and many nights it was more like 7-10 hours.

The past 3 nights he has been up every 2 hours.


He keeps wriggling out of his swaddle blanket. That is half the issue. He is almost too big for the bassinet now, that is part of it too, and for some reason he just isn't getting into that good deep sleep like he used to. I will watch him sometimes and he will kick his feet straight up into the air while he is sleeping. Abs of steel!

I am thinking either a growth spurt (none of his clothes fit anymore and all I have in the next size up is winter stuff - grr) or a milestone coming up??? Please let it come and go quickly. I can't deal with this.

I put him in his crib for the first time last night and he instantly relaxed. He still only slept for 3 hours though, and then the rest of the night was up every 2 hours after that. He doesn't really cry, just fusses enough that if I let it continue he will wake Hubby up or work himself into a tizzy. One time he was really wet and the rest of the time he had Houdini-ed himself out of his wrap and had it wadded up around his waist. At 6AM I finally gave up trying to keep him cool and I pulled out a gigantic receiving blanket, wrapped him up tight and put him in bed with me. We slept uninterrupted for 2 sweet hours.

Please, please say this will pass. I am not equipped to go through the same thing I did with Kiddo. My back cannot handle sleeping on the couch again. I am trying my hardest to comfort him without picking him up, or picking him up only briefly and then putting him back down to settle. I don't want to get in the habit of him sleeping in my arms.

But then part of me thinks that maybe he needs that right now???

He has really gotten cuddly recently, and while it is sooooo amazingly sweet, it puts me on edge. I like the teeny, tiny bit of independence I have with him. For 2 years I couldn't get more than an inch away from Kiddo. I really don't want to fall into that trap this time around.

I need more coffee.
D :)


Julia said...

I could have written this same post, except the sleeping 7-10 hours part. :-) I thought we were doing great with N sleeping 6 hrs! He was up every 3 hours last night. I'm thinking it is a combo of teething, growth spurt, and suddenly becoming much more aware of his surroundings.

Vick said...

Sorry his sleep has deteriorated :( {{hugs}}

For Miss O's first 3 months, I had to wear her to sleep at night, or let her holler/fuss in a swing. she wasn't crying, she just needed to get herself sorted out .. she's still kind of like that, in that she'll nurse down, but either pop up wide awake and need to screw around until she cries for more milk, or she'll sleep 10-45 minutes after nursing down, and then wake up and need another nursing to get a more solid stretch of sleep. I flat out refuse to wear her to sleep at night now, tho - it's bad enough I still wear her for 3-4 naps a day!

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