Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sleepless in the D.

UPDATE:
She slept through the night last night for the second time in her life. Hallelujah! (11:30pm-6:30am)

I have to admit that one thing I have not done well at is getting Isabelle to sleep on her own, in her own bed. It's now coming back to bite me, and it's a little frustrating. When she was first born, we planned on putting her in her bassinet next to our bed. Well, the way our bedroom is arranged, my side of the bed is next to the wall and the bassinet doesn't fit there. We could have put it on Bob's side, but it would be right in the fire escape path, and my sweet husband has a rule about that, so that wouldn't work. It just became very easy to let her sleep with us in our extra huge King sized bed. It made for easy night-feedings and just overall a great night's sleep for all 3 of us. She was never in any danger and it just worked for us.
For her naptimes, she was mainly held. Since the day she was born, she's been a people person and does not like to be put down. She wants to be held all the time. We tried to let her cry it out one time when she was really little and it made all 3 of us miserable. So, we abandoned that plan quickly.
Now that another baby will be here in 6 short months, Daddy said it's time to get her transitioned to her own room. She was weaned around 8 months and went about 2 weeks without a middle of the night feeding. Now she wakes up at least once during the night for a bottle and wakes up several times wanting her pacifier. She usually goes to sleep around 8:30pm, and we hold her for varying lengths of time before laying her down in her crib upstairs. We've tried short periods of time where she's so tired we're sure she'll just lay down easily, longer periods of time where she's dead to the world and we think we've finally got her, and laid her in her crib while she cries briefly and we put our hands on her back and sing to her or quietly talk to her. Each of these approaches have worked, however, lately she's been waking up within 10 minutes of laying her down.
For the past two weeks I have tried to lay her in her crib for naptimes and she just screams the whole time and refuses to go to sleep. She's even gone from 3 naps a day to one a few times. She wakes up at 6, and by 2pm still hasn't taken a nap....lemme tell you those days are hard.
I hear all these stories of mothers who get their babies to sleep through the night at 6 weeks and I just want to punch them in the face. heh...
We've decided we're going to read that Babywise book by the time the next one comes. I hate feeling like I've failed miserably at teaching her how to sleep on her own. Then again, maybe I just need to chill out. Babies are all different. She does get good chunks of sleep in and it's not like she's lacking. Ah. The joys of first-time mom worries. I think I need to go to sleep now.

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