My almost 9 month old baby's sleep has gone down the crapper. It started falling apart about 5 - 6 weeks ago. I'm aware of the Wonder Weeks concept and thought "no biggie, she's 34 weeks. The book says this will last until 37.5 weeks. It will all be better then." Well fast forward to my dd being 39 weeks and I actually think it's gotten worse the last week. Before this all happened, she was taking 2-3 pretty good naps between 45 min - 2 hours. At night, she would fall asleep relatively easy, wake up 45 mins in and about 2/3 of the time we could resettle her and actually be grown ups. The other third she would be awake for awhile, and we just rolled with it (at the time, this frustrated me, but I would give ANYTHING to have this "normal" back). Nighttime usually wasn't too bad - we cosleep and she often would nurse around 10, 2 and 4. She has always nursed or been rocked to sleep.
I used to be able to nurse her on the bed, then slip away and let her sleep. I can't do that now. I have to lie down with her and let her nurse for the entire nap, or she will wake up. Her naps are much shorter now as well. Night time is what is so hard though. We get her to sleep, put her in her baby hammock (like always) and then she will wake 30 mins in. When we try to get her back to sleep by rocking the hammock, it will sometimes work, but as soon as the hammock stops bouncing she will wake right up. We can rock that stupid thing for 25 minutes, and she will still wake up once it stops moving. Inevitably, I end up nursing her back to sleep in our bed, and then I'm stuck there the rest of the night because if I leave she'll wake up. During the night she nurses more frequently - hourly or every two hours
I've also noticed that she is so much more wakeful in her sleep than she used to be. She will nurse, then flop around, then nurse, then flop around. Once she falls asleep, she will startle and open her eyes much more often than before. It's like she wants to sleep, but can't get there.
If I wear her in the evening, she will resettle easily when she wakes up and I can keep doing whatever I'm doing. Problem is, she's a chunky baby. She gets heavy. Part of me wonders if it's related to separation anxiety, since she will sleep much better if I'm next to her. She doesn't show signs of separation anxiety in other ways though...
My worry is that this is the new normal. Dear God, please don't let this be the new normal. I know there is the 9 month sleep regression, but since hers started early shouldn't it be done by now??? Mamas, did your babies go back to "normal" after their 9 month sleep regressions or did it completely change their sleeping habits? Also, how long did it last?