Friday, April 18, 2008

All you can eat

Emmie woke and ate at 1:30, 4, 5, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 this morning. Please shoot me.

It's probably my own fault. She starts the night in her crib and stays there until 1 a.m. -- sometimes it's a little earlier, sometimes as late as 2 a.m. But once she wakes for the first time, I bring her in bed with me and let her stay there until morning.

Every time she wakes up, I silence her with the almighty boob. This setup allows the maximum rest for me, as I just feed her and fall back asleep doing it. But the wakeups and subsequent feedings are getting a little ridiculous. My sleep is fragmented, so it's not quality sleep and something needs to change.

While I could probably stand to get her sleeping in her own crib, the thought of walking in and out of her room multiple times a night, getting her fed and settled and then trying to get myself back to sleep makes me ill. Especially since Jack really doesn't care how much sleep I have gotten -- he just wants to go go go all day.

It could be a growth spurt, but I doubt it as she's not eating any more than she usually does during the day. And I've heard of reverse cycling, where breastfed babies eat more at night because mom works during the day. But she's home with me 24-7 and fed on demand, so I don't know why that would happen.

Apparently she just wants a little action at the Open All Night Breastaurant.

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Blogger christine said...

I have the same problem except even worse because mine (4 months) won't sleep the first 4 hours alone, usually only 2 hours if I am lucky. I too think it is my fault and did the same thing with number 1. I ended up Ferberizing at about 7 months and plan to do it again this time. I am a bit worried because I think he will be harder since the only thing that remotely quiets him at night is the boob and he screams until he gets it. He has actually started eating less during the day because he gets so much at night.
Good luck and let me know if you come up with any good ideas.

April 19, 2008 6:12 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

You poor sleep deprived thing! It is no fun getting by on such little sleep. Maybe your pediatrician would have a suggestion for you. It may be that Emmie is using you as a pacifier. Maybe that is the answer, a nuk. Don't know, but I sympathize with you.

April 19, 2008 2:50 PM  
Blogger Mary W. said...

My kids are teenagers now, but this was our solution: Daddy would go get the baby, change her and bring her to me. He would snooze while I fed her, then take her back to her bed. Baby ate when she wanted, I got to stay snuggly, and Daddy got to feel part of it all.

April 19, 2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Is it the 12 week growth spurt? That coincided with my first week back to work. GAH. I've been there, it's no fun.

April 20, 2008 5:18 PM  
Blogger holy crap said...

my babies are 24,20,18! I too would bring them back to bed to nurse for the night. All night breasturant,LOL! When they got over a year they got bottles with whole milk to go to bed with. One week my youngest was on a kick with waking all night for bottles and "playtime". At five am I was so mad I went into the kitchen, grabbed a new/FULL gal of milk, swung around and slammed it on the island, milk exploded, ran down both sides of island to floor and dripping off the above hanging light fixture! I got paper towels and sat on the floor wiping and crying. :(
Maybe you could try a late afternoon/early eve nap so she could have more awake time in later evening?

April 21, 2008 10:43 PM  

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