Fighting sleep

22 Apr


I haven’t written any updates on baby sleep since January when we had our big co-sleeping epiphany. We are still co-sleeping and overall it works for us. But the past couple weeks have been rough on the sleep front. I think it may be related to all the developmental milestones N. has been hitting recently: new teeth, eating food, being able to sit up, playing more, etc. His body is changing and his mind is expanding and that, of course, affects sleep.

One week he seemed to be having digestive issues from all the new kinds of food, so I’ve been feeding him largely breastmilk with the rare snack. His tummy seems happier (i.e. less gas symptoms, back to normal breasmilk poo), so I’ve started the occasional snack again. His teeth are coming further out and he still drools a lot, is constantly blowing raspberries, and seems to be playing with those new teeth (both verbally making new sounds and physically touching them). He is sitting up to play, rolling around a lot more, and getting a lot more physical–I can see the ability to crawl approaching and I’m terrified!

The milestone that may be affecting us most this week may just be FUN! N. plays a lot more – he seems to have a bit of separation anxiety and gets upset when he’s not in sight of mom and/or dad. He really likes to be held. He laughs with us and at us a lot more–no need for physical stimuli (i.e. blowing on his tummy, tickling his feet, shaking his toy fox by his face). He even got a shoulder ride from his papa last night and LOVED it.

So now, every time he wakes up it has become more of an ordeal. He doesn’t want to go back to sleep. Some of it may be related to the separation anxiety: he wakes up and I’m not there and WHERE IS MA? AAAH!! And so he cries and gets worked up. Then, he wants to play–sit up and touch things and practice all his new skills. Except he’s still swaddled at night and than means un-swaddling him and then re-swaddling when he starts to whine and rub his eyes 30 minutes later. It’s time-consuming to “put him to bed” 2 or three times every night. But then I’m all about following my baby’s cues. .. .but then, I’d love for him to start sleeping all night regularly.

Babies thrive on routine–N. goes to bed at 8pm, wakes at 11-ish, 3-ish and 6-ish. He’s up for the day at 10:30-ish. Some days he really is hungry at those times. Some days he seems to just want comfort. I’d love to get him to drop a night feeding, but it is hard to let him cry (thus waking him up further and harder to calm) so I just feed him and he sleeps more. So I’m actually ok with waking every 3-4 hours at night–it’s just the recent wake-up-and-play that has been killing me.

Luckily it seems to be passing. Last night was back to the usual routine of wake-eat-sleep. He’s also napping better: the last few days he’s been napping for over an hour at a time, 2x a day. I’m actually thankful for real naps–they make getting things done so much easier!

Today he took 2 long naps and seems to be sleeping well now, so fingers crossed for a new sleep routine 🙂


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