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Sleep Deprivation

Ok, it’s official

I am sleep deprived.

I feel like a raving lunatic.

The boy is asleep right now.  He went down at first at 830 as usual after our bedtime routine(bath, massage, feeding).

He woke back up at 845.

Now, Pookah doesn’t cry when he wakes up.  He wines a little and brings his legs up and down repeatedly.  It sounds like he is about to come through the ceiling when you are downstairs.  He never starts to cry really, his whining just gets more frequent, and so does the leg crashing.

I fed him again, and he went right back down.  That was 35 minutes ago.

I’ve been doing this for the last few nights, but he has been waking up at 12, 2-3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9.

For someone who had been getting a 5 to 6 hour stretch for a while there, this is torture.  I don’t know what to do! I am hoping that this is a growth spurt.  According to kellymom.com it is.  He has been eating much much more than usual.  He has really been cluster feeding all the time.  I hope it’s a growth spurt.  That means that there is an end in sight. They are supposed to last 2-3 days, or about a week.  Well, we are past 2-3 days, and working on a week.  He started this mess last Thursday when my parents came.    I was chalking it up to the excitement of the visit and us being out all the time.  But noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.  He’s still going for it.

I guess I could start sleep training.  But I don’t like the idea of crying it out.  I am reading a couple of books on the subject, and thinking of a plan.  My mother is no help, her solution is FEED THE BOY. 

I’m getting desperate.  After all, he will be 4 months on Friday.  The Pediatrician did say start solids 4-6 months. 

I might just try it.  🙁

  • Reply
    Christina
    March 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Izzy did almost the same thing yesterday! She took 2 naps, a 45 and a 30, and that was ALL!! FOR THE WHOLE DAY!!! She finally passed out at about midnight, and slept until 6, which is the longest stretch i’ve ever gotten out of her. While researching, I ran across the concept of “Wonder Weeks”, which are 8 big developmental spurts that babies have in the first year, and they are known to disrupt the sleep schedule. I’ve been considering getting the books, as Ive ran across a lot of people that swear by it!

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    Nina
    March 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I’m reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and it seems to be working. And he doesn’t recommend crying it out.

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    B MoM
    March 24, 2010 at 2:27 am

    omg, I am experiencing the EXACT same thing. Kaua gets up at least 4 times a night to nurse!! And it’s not that he isn’t hungry, he is! I finally bought rice cereal and gave him some before he slept. (Mixed a tiny amount in with breast milk to see how his tummy would react). I think he’s ready for it given his appetite. He’ll be 4 months old this saturday. I’m interested to see how you fare.

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      rosesdaughter
      March 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

      I didn’t reallize that Kaua and Pookah were one day apart!! Pookah will be 4 months on Friday! How did the cereal go???

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    TheMrs
    March 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Aww Mama!! I hope his sleeplessness passes soon!

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    Quiet Dreams
    March 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    So sorry! Hope you get better sleep really soon!

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    mepookiesan
    March 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Aww! 🙁 Poor you, you tell Pookah I said “go to sleep young man”(he such a cutie)..Hope you get some real sleep soon.
    GG

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