My baby is almost 6 months. What I'm used to in night waking is they'll stir, maybe grunt, fuss a tiny bit, kick a little, and root for the breast a lot. I'll get them hooked up before they're fully awake, they nurse back to sleep, and thats the end of it. This little guy.. what am I gonna do with him? He wakes up quietly. And becomes nice and alert. I never have any idea how long he's been up by the time I wake up. last night, I woke up when he is crawling and made it halfway to the foot of the bed. Our mattress is on the floor so falling isn't a concern. But geez! He wakes up in the dark and his first thought is to get up and run away? And its a lot more difficult to put a baby back to sleep who is wide awake. He can sleep a nice long stretch, like 6 hours, so no complaints there but wouldn't ya think he's hungry?! and he doesn't nurse to sleep, so a 6 hour stretch of sleep means 7-8 hours since he last nursed. Why why why doesn't he wake up and hunt out a nipple like his life depends on it? I often find him playing with his feet, or just babbling quietly and blowing raspberries. He won't nurse to sleep no matter what, but I'd think maybe there'd be a chance of him nursing to sleep if I got him when he was only stirring. he doesn't "stir". Stirring babies wake me up. Oooh no. His little eyes pop open and BAM! alert! I'd think it was just a phase but.. this is a lot like when he was 0-2 months. he never, not one single time, would wake, then nurse right back to sleep. every night waking involved 1-3 hours awake before going back to sleep. he's not spending that much time awake these days but he still thinks middle of the night is a great time to play.
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5/7/12 at 12:50pm