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Soooo tired….

August 4, 2010

Somehow LPK has regressed five months with his sleep habits and i’m starting to worry.
He wakes up about every two hours– and not whimper-toss-turn waking up, but full on crying, getting up on all fours trying to find me. Sometimes I can get him back to sleep with back rubs and a calming voice, sometimes nothing but nursing will soothe him. Which is fine, except he was sleeping through the night not so long ago.

More worrisome, though, is that he (maybe) gets ten hours of sleep a day, naps included. His pediatrician said he needs at least eleven and fourteen+ is recommended. I’ve tried putting him to bed earlier, but either he won’t go down or he just gets up twenty minutes later absolutely furious. And then he isn really asleepe until way past his bedtime.

He had one tooth come in without too muh trouble and it’s possible more are on their way– very possible, but he is not droolig at all. Nada. And he hates his teethers. Unless it’s me.

Any ideas? Am I just being a crazy sleep deprived mama? I don mind it if he wakes up at night, but this newborn-like routine is killin me. Unlike when I was on maternity leave, I can’t nap with him during the day (not that he’s a fan of naps anyhow).

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  1. August 4, 2010 2:08 pm

    How old is he again? He may just be going through a growth spurt, or a developmental spurt – LW’s sleep (both naps and nighttime) gets really crazy whenever she’s just about to learn something new, or is growing (and needing more milk as a result). It is tough – I get through it because she sleeps with us, so even if I’m woken up 10 times I don’t miss that much sleep, and I sometimes can nap with her, though not often. I really feel for you, having to wake up repeatedly all night long and then get up for work the next day ๐Ÿ˜›

    A couple of things to try:

    He may be starting to hit the age where he realizes that he’s separate from you, i.e. separation anxiety setting in; it is possible that some extra nursing and nurturing in the evening will help him to sleep more soundly at night. I know that when I give my daughter more attention during the day/evening, her nights go more smoothly.

    Tylenol or ibuprofen could be your friend if it is his teeth; LW never really drooled all that much, she would pop teeth with few signs other than lots of night-waking and not being able to sleep unless she was nursing. In fact, I know she must be teething (and/or going through another development change, because she’s temporarily reverted to sleeping mostly attached to me :P) Anyway, a pain-killer before bedtime when in doubt really helped her sleep better.

    If he’ll accept backrub and shushing to get back to sleep – could you have your husband “try first” some of the time, so that you can get more sleep, and if he doesn’t fall back asleep that way, then you can get up and nurse him?

    I wouldn’t worry overall, yet, about the # of hours of sleep – LW has often undershot the sleep hour mark, especially when teething. Most likely this is a phase that will pass on its own, though painful while you’re in it ๐Ÿ˜› If he’s just about at the mark to hit any major milestones (crawling, pulling up, anything like that, or even spacial awareness stuff like object permanence), his brain may just be on overdrive which makes it hard for him to sleep.

    Anyway, sorry to write a saga. I really feel for you, nighttime parenting is SO hard. From one chronically sleep deprived mom to another, I’ll be praying that he starts sleeping more soundly *soon*!

    • August 4, 2010 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Abby!! Dont worry about writing sagas… I love your thoughtful comments!
      LPK does seem to be on the verge of crawling and possibly going through a growth spurt. And he is definitely hitting that clingy phase.

      I will spend a nice long time snuggling and nursing him tonight before bed and give him a bit of Tylenol.

      My husband always offers to play first line of defense, but if baby is up then I’m up and I hate to wake him up as well, because then we both won’t be sleeping.

      Anyway, it’s good to hear that he sounds normal. You’re an awfully reasurring voice of experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 4, 2010 4:15 pm

    “No Cry Sleep Solution”

    I think there is something going on, because I’m having sleep issues a lot more recently with Little Guy and someone else said they were, too. But if nothing else, this book is jam packed with ideas to getting a guy down to sleep, and sleep through the night. There’s also “No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers” but i don’t know what age is considered “toddler”.

    *goes to get crying baby who WON’T NAP!*

    Yeah, I feel your pain.

  3. Adriana permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:54 pm

    when Gaia started teething her nighttime sleep schedule got all out of wack. she was waking up every couple of hours and would cry a lot too, so i think its probably related to his teething.

    i wouldnt be overly concerned about him not sleeping the recommended hours IF he seems happy when hes awake and isnt crabby or crying instead of sleeping. Gaia had a terrible time learning how to nap since she was born. she would sleep for MAYBE 20-30, 45 if we were super lucky, until i learned that she would sleep for two hours at a time if, and only if, i held her in my arms. clearly, it isnt ideal, but it beat having a baby crying nonstop bc she was tired but couldnt stay asleep. now shes 11.5 months old and can sleep on her own the whole night and for 2 hours at a time when napping, so my holding her for two horus at a time did not impact her negatively – she never had a problem sleeping through the night on her own (until the teething started, and then it only lasted a couple of weeks, maybe a month).

    SO, if he is happen when awake and not crying or crabby, i wouldnt worry about it too much.

    good luck getting him (and you) more sleep!


  4. August 6, 2010 5:02 pm

    Sound like you’ve got some pretty good tips already. How have the last few nights been?

  5. a.m. permalink
    August 8, 2010 8:55 am

    Maybe is he hungry. Has he started eating thin, plain, baby cereal? (From about six months my children preferred ursing supplemented with the deluxe version of baby cereal: bananas, finely mashed + baby oatmeal cereal, thinned with some warm milk . . . ?)

    Or . . .

    maybe his body is irresistibly telling him to practice crawling, etc. and it wakes him up in the middle of the night with a frustrated need to move about!

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