Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Naptime is poo-time

My last quickly dashed off post alluded to recent problems with Little Elvis' naptime. The problems started about a week ago, and I'm not really sure how to fix them.

He used to cry when I put him down, but would be completely out by the time I got out of the shower. Then he would sleep for about an hour and a half.

He would wake up in the happiest, giggliest mood! He would sit in his bed and kick his little legs so excitedly as soon as I opened the door.

That hasn't happened recently. Why? Because he's been poo-ing sometime after I put him down. Then he fusses and fusses. I think he's just fussing because he hates naps, so I try to wait him out.

After 45 minutes of intermittent whines, chatters and bangs, I finally go in. And I'm greeted with a stinky smelling room and an unhappy baby in a dirty diaper. I'm also greeted with a nice big sinking guilty feeling in my stomach.

Why don't I go in earlier? I did that one day last week, convinced I had a baby with a dirty diaper. No dice. He just wanted company. And once I went in there the first time, all deals were off -- no naps that day.

Today, he had a huge poo diaper as soon as he woke up. Then, he had another right as I was about to lay him down. I changed him and thought there's no way he will have a poo diaper.

He cried, and cried, and cried and whined and banged and chattered and gurgled. There are several stages that he goes through. After about 45 minutes of listening to my fussy boy, I went in. It didn't smell all that bad, but I knew he would have a full pee diaper.

Yeah, it was full alright. Very, very full. I won't give details, it was full. Poor little boy. His mommy tries to make him sleep in dirty diapers.

I would think his crib must have some sort of Pavlovian effect on his bowels, but he doesn't have this problem at night.

Tomorrow, I'm going in a lot earlier. He may fight me on naps later in the day, but I don't want my sweet boy stuck in a dirty diaper while I'm out in the living room trying to wait out his cries.

I'm not sure what type of advice can be offered here, but if you have any... Better yet, if you have similar stories, I'd like to hear them.

By the way, he's happily napping now!!


Blogger mpotter said...

no advice here. just "uh-oh".... thanks for giving me a heads up on what's to come.

good luck. i'll be anxious to read responses as they come in.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Honey said...

I am in a similar situation. For the past week my daughter (almost 13 months old) has started to have a big poop sometime between 5 and 6 in the morning. Usually she waits until later in the morning, or sometime during the day, I don't know why it has changed! So when I nurse her at 5am and put her back down she'll be up again fussing. If we wait it out she'll lay down and go back to sleep. Then when I get her up at 6:30 so I can go to work she's got a full diaper and I feel so guilty! I check it at 5 and there's nothing. If I change her diaper she'll miss out on an hour of sleep in the morning cause there's no way she'll go back to sleep. Anyway, just read your story and I sympathize!!! Hopefully their "poop" habits will go back to normal!

9:47 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

I don't really have any advice either, since my little one is a week younger. Thankfully we haven't had to deal with that yet. Sometimes he is good with naps and sometimes not. I have noticed that he will seem to be in a routine and then he will change for no reason. Maybe this won't last, you just have to wait it out?

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you move up feeding time in the hope that he would do his duty earlier...like before nap time? Ugh. Nap time is always a struggle. Seems like once you get it figured out they change the schedule on you anyway. Hang in there.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Glad he is napping now!
I went through the exact same thing with my Girly last year. Sometimes I would go in and get her and change her, sometimes I assumed she was just fussing because she didn't want a nap and went in to poo everywhere. I don't know how we got over that. I think I started putting her down later actually.
Good luck.

11:21 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

We had a nap-pooper too, the MR would almost always take his daily dump about ten or so minutes in to his morning nap. Things have become a little less consistent than they used to be, so this hasn't happened recently, but it was always frustrating to play the guessing game. Poo or no poo?

12:29 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

We went through a stage like this too, although my daughter seemed to have no problem sleeping in a dirty diaper, gross as it sounds. I hate to say wait it out, but that's what I did. A few months later, she developed a pretty regular poo schedule, and now almost never poos during her nap.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Laura McIntyre said...

Totally similar situation here, Eilidh ALWAYS wakes up from naptime (when she takes one, she has been on a bit of a nap strike lately to) with a dirty nappy.
Many times i am convinced its hours old as she plays in her cot for ages
before going to sleep most days, but
she is happy so im not going to stop her.

These days though she has learnt to shout for me letting me know she has pooped which is a big help lol

2:21 PM  

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