I need some ... badly.
My 8-month old is not good at sleeping during the hours of 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.
This is what last night looked like ... because perhaps you can commiserate, relate, or support ... but mainly because I need evidence of just how much this has sucked ... to serve at birth control.
Yesterday afternoon Charlotte had a "not-typical" nap from 3:00 until 5:15. Usually her schedule is closer to 1:30 until 4:30. After she woke up and had a decent nursing session, we played and she spent some time in her Jumperoo while I made dinner. She sat in her high chair while we ate and had a few spoonfuls of baby food apples. I took her upstairs for bath around 7:15. She weighed 12 pounds 9.5 ounces. She seemed very tired and didn't want a story. I nursed her again. Sang to her and put her in her crib - partially awake - at 8:00.
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm - Charlotte fell asleep right away without the binky.
9:15 pm - I heard fussing in the monitor. Gave her about 5 minutes to self-soothe and then went up to give her a quick pat and offer her the binky.
10:30 pm - 11:00 pm - Again, I hear fussing in the monitor. Not crying but her version of calling out. I let her "work it out" for almost 30 minutes. She got quiet at times but always started fussing again.
11:00 pm- I nursed her in the hopes that I could go to sleep at get 4 solid hours of rest.
11:15 pm - 1:00 am - Charlotte would not go back to sleep. I left her in her crib but checked on her about every 20 minutes. Found her rotated 180 degrees with her head down where her feet had been. She was chewing her toes through her sleeper and having a great time!
1:00 am- By this point I was frustrated and tired! I swaddled her a little tighter, stuck her binky in her mouth, gave her a pat and turned down the monitor.
4:00 am - I didn't hear her again until 4:00. I nursed her because it had been 5 hours since her last feeding at 11:00 pm. She went right back to sleep.
5:30 am - She was awake again! She got a quick pat and her binky.
6:30 am - Nursed her again and hoped for another two hours of sleep!
7:30 am - Put her in bed with me. She played with her toes. I tried to snooze until NHV woke up at 8:15 am.
- I generally lightly swaddle her from the chest down ... because she rubs her feet together constantly and/or brings her feet to her mouth - neither of which is conducive to sleep.
- Her room is very dark. I even covered the clock and monitor displays last night.
- She naps in the morning for 1.5 - 2 hours and again in the afternoon for 2-3 hours.
- I have read Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and found it quite helpful early on.
- I have read parts of BabyWise and much of it makes sense. I am just not sure it takes into account the fact that CJV was born early and has difficulty gaining weight.
- I am a firm believer in the importance of sleep (for babies and mamas). I know that sleep is as important as food. I really want Charlotte to get a quality night's sleep and think she is capable of a 5-6 hour stretch at this point.