Geeze oh man the last few nights have been tough. The little one goes to bed around normal time - somewhere between 7 and 9, and she sleeps okay until around 11, then again until 1 or so. But then things just break down and she wakes up every hour or two. It is really tough. Last night was also tough because I was alone and knew I wouldn't get relief in the morning.
She had a meltdown around 5:30 when I had to pump but I just let her cry. I was so tired and I had to pump and make bottles - she cried for about 10 minutes, the longest I've ever let her cry.
Finally at 6, at the end of my rope, I just put her in bed next to me after the third time she'd woken up since 5. She slept until 8 so that gave me a much needed rest and allowed me to start my day on a better note.
I was reading in the Weissbluth book and he said night wakings are caused by poor napping during the day. Yes, I agree that the past few days she has not been napping well at all. But it's really hard to get her to nap! I spend anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour soothing her, trying to get her to sleep. I try to do most of this while she is in the crib so it's really killing my back and my patience. Sometimes I think she's just excited about all there is in the world, she's waking up and noticing things around her. She really gets into playing with her little jungle gym thing now, she can actually grab the toys which is new for her. She used to just stare at everything and now she's interacting with it.
Today I got her to take one small nap but I've been fighting her on the second nap for 35 minutes now. I think she might go down but we'll see. I have my white noise (radio static AM 650 thanks Claire) turned up really loud just to see if that might help. I guess I am just going to have to really redouble my efforts on the naps if I expect good night time sleep. I just HATE how hard you have to work to make babies sleep! Shoot if someone asked me to stay in bed all cozy most of the day and night I would jump at the chance!
On a happier note, it makes such a big difference having these bras that fit properly. I feel so relieved and I think the plug situation is getting better. Woo woo woo.
On another happy note (because shoot, we can't be all depressive all the time) here are some cute pictures of the little one in her track suit today. Another awesome hand me down from Katja! I WILL prevail on this nap thing.