Thursday, March 22, 2007

Day 39 - Not so ready for bedtime?

Little Elvis is typically a pretty good sleeper at night. He was averaging about 3 hours between nighttime feedings, but last weekend was up to 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I was really excited about this.

Then, last night we hit a roadblock. He fell asleep during his 11 p.m. feeding and burping, so I figured it would be an easy night.

Bob put him in his co-sleeper (he always wakes up when I do it) while I brushed my teeth and after about 5 minutes Little Elvis woke up and started crying. Bob changed him and lunged with him because it had only been about 30 minutes since his last feeding.

The poor little guy kept crying and started gumming Bob's bicep, which is his typical clue that he's hungry.

So, I fed him again. Again, he fell asleep while feeding. This time I put him in the co-sleeper, and again he woke up. He wasn't crying though.

Bob and I tried shushing him and giving him a pacifier -- both of which usually calm him down -- but his big eyes were wide open.

When my parents were in town, my mom told me that I should rock him more. So I wrapped him up in a swaddler I made him and rocked him. It took about 45 minutes to get him to sleep, and I tried really hard to transition him from my arms to the co-sleeper without waking him up.

He woke up again. But our shushing and my hand on his chest helped calm him to sleep.

It was around 1 a.m. when he finally fell asleep in his co-sleeper. I figured that since it took him so long to sleep he would be worn out and sleep until at least 4. I was wrong. He woke up shortly after 3 a.m. ready to be changed, eat and stay awake.

Now I might have dreamed rocking him again, but I'm pretty sure I rocked him again around 4 a.m. for about 30 minutes after feeding him. He woke up again as I put him in the co-sleeper, but it was easier to get him to sleep this time.

He awoke again at 7 a.m. and again shortly before 10 a.m.

Since that time, I've had to wake him up for feedings. I'm thinking that his constant feeding and wakefulness last night could be one of two things -- he's going through a growth spurt or he's gassy (he pooted a whole lot last night.)

I hope he sleeps easier tonight. I was able to sleep in with him until 10 a.m., but Bob had to get up at 7 a.m. I'm so worried about his lack of sleep that I'm thinking of moving into the nursery with Little Elvis for a night just so Bob can catch up.

Any sleepytime suggestions?


Blogger Ashley said...

The ongoing guessing game with sleep! Could be a growth spurt and I think sometimes they like to throw a little curve ball at us. Hope you are sleeping better now!

10:26 PM  
Blogger Mama K said...

I'm sure you're already doing this, but we had a breakthrough when we made the room totally dark (our baby sleeps with us, so I had been keeping a nightlight on so I could see his face and make sure it was uncovered). Also, if you're cosleeping anyway, you could try snuggling up with him next to you - I've found that on some nights, those extra few inches make a huge difference in how our son sleeps.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Use good diapers, like Pampers or Luvs - and don't change him at night. Keep him quiet, keep it dark, don't talk.. just feed and burp. I think all the extra distractions might be what keeps him awake.

I only change my son if it's reallllly obvious he needs it, and the diapers keep the moisture away from him for the most part. It's worth a try anyways - cuz sleep rules.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks for the great advice! He's been doing so much better recently, I will work on the dark room, though.

8:10 PM  

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