So it is well after 1am here, and the baby has been asleep in the carseat (with husband) for at least 45 minutes, but I'm too depressed to sleep, and so frustrated that I can't relax. I should be sleeping because I'll have to wake to feed her in a hour and a half at most, but I just can't. I'm in need of both advice from anyone who's BTDT and encouragement.
She will go through repeated nights (going on one week now this time) where she wakes repeatedly - I can always get her to go to sleep: singing, pacifier, nursing, bouncing, rocking, rubbing, patting, etc. However, she will just wake up again after 5-10 minutes, and this will keep going for 1-3 hours at a time. I cannot go to sleep - I have to keep watching her until she stirs again, and then repeat one of the above soothing methods. I have tried every method mentioned in the Sears and no cry sleep solution books, and none of them are any different. It seems to me that they are all advice for how to get the kid to sleep in the first place, but useless at getting her to stay asleep. Sometimes she sleeps just fine for 2 hours (or even 6 hours on rare occasions), but right now at least twice per night she does this repeated waking for hours routine. During this repeated waking time, she is clearly sleepy - she acts as though she may actually be half asleep, but she keeps crying and writhing around, and if I don't do something to sooth her, she just gets more and more worked up. We cosleep with all of us on the floor, with her either in bed with us or on the mattress next to us (I've tried keeping her closer or farther away from me but I notice no difference either way). I have not tried having her sleep in another room, but I really don't want to do that - we don't even have a crib or a baby safe room or a baby monitor, and I'm not ok with letting her cry it out. (I have even tried letting her cry it out in our arms, though, and that didn't seem to work either.)
She doesn't do this all the time - we'll get a few weeks of gradually improving sleep, and then suddenly this again. The problems this week were probably caused initially by a bad reaction to the rotavirus vaccine, because she was initially up crying until she farted/pooped, but now that it seems to have passed, and I can't get her to sleep properly again (and there is always some reason that one can come up with for her sleeping badly!). She has no other signs of illness (other than a chronically semi-stuffy nose, but that has persisted for months though both good and bad sleep patches), and she has no signs of teething, even though she is a week or so past 6 mos. She is still EBF (we've started baby led weaning with solids, but she hasn't actually eaten anything yet). I'm worried that she may still have some kind of health issue (otherwise why would she wake repeatedly after falling asleep, unless she's in pain or something?).
Does anyone have any ideas about what could be wrong with her, or about what could help?
Or, if you don't have any ideas but feel like offering encouragement, I would welcome that, too. :)