Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Changes? Progress? Lack of Sleep!

No matter what, it breaks down to more lack of sleep.

The past few weeks she has been going through separation anxiety from mom. She would cry when I dropped her off at daycare, she would cry when I left the room, she would cry at night when she was in her crib. She just wanted to be by mom.

Well, yesterday she didn't cry when I dropped her off. She didn't cry today either. And last night she slept in her crib all night. She didn't need to be in our bed at all. She did wake up A LOT and we had to go in there with her and rock her back to sleep, but she always let us put her back in her crib. The last few weeks, she would get this blood-curdling scream going when we would ut her in her crib. She would only sleep in her crib for an hour or two and that was it for the night, she had to be with us the rest of the night.

Well, physically I didn't get a lot of sleep when she was in our bed because she kept wanting to nurse frequently and I just don't find the position I need to lay in to nurse her in bed as very comfortable. It was tensing up some of my muscles and it would fatigue my body. Although, my mind could stay asleep, which was nice. When I have to go to her in her own room, I need to wake up more and then my mind doesn't get enough rest, but I can go back to my bed and sleep how I want to.

Plus - she's a bed hog just like her daddy. They both like to spread out as much as possible.


Isabel's Mommy said...

I am not looking for suggestions. We try different things that would work for us and we will not do the cry it out method.

Plus, I was reading in the book, The No Cry Sleep Solution, that it is NORMAL for a baby/child to wake 1-2 times a night until they are 2 or 3 years old.

It said that "expert" books are misleading and that the majority of children do NOT sleep through the night and these "experts" leave parents feeling inadequate and exhausted because they spend so much time trying to get their child to sleep for 12 hours straight, when in fact if they would figure out how to make those awakenings brief and accept then, then they would feel less stressed.

Plus, I don't sleep for 8 hours straight. I get up at least once to drink some water or to go to the bathroom. Why should I expect that she won't need a drink 1 or 2 times during 12 hours.

She usually sleep between 11-12 hours at night, then may take a 20-30 minute nap in the morning, and then will take a 2-2.5 hour nap in the afternoon.

Drea said...

it'll pass.. the go through stages like that. I hate to tell you it wont be the last time.. calebs had these issues since he was like 9 months old... and he s till has them. Some months hes fine, other months it comes up again. We are dealing with this right now. The seperation stuff. Its hard to deal with.