Tuesday, January 19, 2010

While you were sleeping...

...we were not! And it's been that case for four months now, but much, much worse recently. You may remember my call for help shortly after Thanksgiving, when Avery would cry until I put her in the bed with us. Her sleep pattern has been a roller coaster since then.

Recently, a good night would be Avery going to bed at 9p.m., waking up somewhere around 2:30 a.m. but going right back to sleep after I put the pacifier in her mouth. She would then wake up somewhere in the 5a.m. hour for a feeding, and then sleep another 3 hours after that. That's a GOOD night.

Our nights now begin with oatmeal around 8:30 p.m., bath time, and a bottle of Enfamil Restfull formula intended to help the baby sleep better. She is in bed around 9:00 p.m. The first night we tried the formula, she slept straight through until 5:00 a.m. the next morning, and then went back to bed for another 4 or 5 hours. It was AMAZING!!! And then it was over...

Now, she wakes up for the first time around 1:30 a.m., the next night around 12:30 a.m., and then last night at 11:30p.m. Then, she will wake up nearly every hour and a half. She will end up in our bed, in her play pen in our room, back in her crib....wherever I can get her to sleep and allow me to get some sleep, too. Last night, I saw every hour on the clock except for the 5 o'clock hour. So, while you were sleeping...and will be sleeping every night...just know that WE ARE NOT!


  1. I'm so sorry you're not sleeping, Paige. I can relate! Jonathan went through a very similar (if not identical) phase. But it WILL get better. Two things that helped Jonathan: having several pacifiers in his crib (I know that doctors do not encourage this, but it worked for us) and Pampers overnight diapers. We also let him cry it out... I'd soothe him after five minutes, then ten minutes, then fifteen, and so on. It actually worked. Now Jonathan goes to bed around 8 or 8:30 and sleeps through the night until 6:30 am. (Of course he still wakes up occasionally... but that's what babies do, right? Our pediatrician said there's no such thing as a good night's sleep once you become a parent. Ha!) I hope sweet little Avery starts getting some better zzzz's soon. :-)

  2. Hate that y'all are going through this...but so glad we're not the only ones!!!! Libbi has STOPPED sleeping, too! I read somewhere that it could be because they were staying up too late....so we started putting her to bed at 7:30. She goes right to sleep...then will wake up around 10. I will feed her again (just to get her back to sleep!) and then she'll sleep until 12 and then wake up every 30 minutes or so....just like Avery! Let me know if you find anything that works - I am desperate!