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Sleep Chronicles: Part Deux

You know.  Just when you get comfortable…..

Pookah was doing so well.  I was bragging about him sleeping so much better and then:

BAM!

Starting earlier this week, he started slipping out of that good pattern.  It started with him waking up twice instead of once.  Then every three hours.  Then every two hours.  Then, last night every hour to hour and a half. 

ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME?????????????

As soon as I put him down, he starts stirring.  He then starts fussing in a half asleep state.  Then, horrors of horrors, he gets some body part out of the Miracle Blanket and awake he is. 

And he’s hungry.

WTH?  I think it’s a growth spurt, but that’s not making me feel any better about being even more sleep deprived than usual.

And napping during the day?

Not happening. 

Everytime I creep ever so silently to his crib/pack and play/pad/swing to put him in, then lower him ooooooh so gently into the device….he wakes up within 10 to 30 minutes.  Sometimes less.

It’s mind numbing.

I’ve managed to write this post only because I put him in the swing while I ate breakfast and actually left him there when I was finished.  For once he didn’t fuss.  Now, he has fallen asleep in said swing.  I am scared to move. 

How long will this last?

Of course, I am getting advice from all the moms I know.  Almost all of them have the same solution:

Rice cereal mixed with breastmilk in the last bottle before bedtime.

Rice cereal mixed with breastmilk in the last bottle before bedtime.

Rice cereal mixed with breastmilk in the last bottle before bedtime.

Ok.  You get the point.

My own mother has been hinting at this FOREVER.

But I haven’t done it.  Why?  Pediatrician says no until 4 months.

Everything I’ve read says no until 4 months. 

He was doing OK without it. 

 I was trying to follow the rules.

But  EVERYONE( who all have healthy happy children by the way) all say the same thing:

RICE CEREAL MIXED WITH BREASTMILK IN THE LAST BOTTLE BEFORE BEDTIME.

There is one lone voice of reason.  Another co-worker who has a 6 week old who(gasp!) is now sleeping through the night.  Her solution?  Some form of crying it out. 

Ummmmm……………noooooooo……………

There is this service here in Atlanta called Moms on Call that supposedly works miracles.  I’ve looked at the website and I am not convinced.  They charge $300 for a consultation to come to your house(are you KIDDING me?).  Or, you can do an online seminar for just $29.95 or just buy the book which comes with a DVD for $17.

Hmp.

She is supposed to be sending me the book.

I don’t like the crying it out idea.  I can do  the “fussing it out.”  But I just don’t like the idea of crying it out. 

But if I get too desperate…………

Damn, he’s awake. Smiling that adorable smile.

I got 15 whole minutes. 

I didn’t even get to pee. 🙁

  • Reply
    VA Blondie
    March 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Sorry you are having a rough time. It always seems that just when it seems like the baby is on a routine, something happens to disrupt it. And that person who said their 6 week old sleeps through the night? They lie! Six week olds do not sleep through the night! They are way too small!

    I also got the same advice about rice cereal, and ignored it. Have you read the book Happy Baby, Healthy Sleep? I forgot if you have mentioned it. That book really helped me understand sleep patterns in babies, and what you can do to promote good sleep habits. It talks about children up to age 5,

    I hope he falls asleep for you soon!

  • Reply
    brown-eyed-girl
    March 7, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Wish I had some good advice for you. I just rode it out and let me tell you that even now that he’s on solids he still wakes up at night at least 3 or 4 days a week. Don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. You’ll survive no matter what this kid throws at you. Hang in there!

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