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post #21 of 35
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post #22 of 35
How's everyone doing with sleep? I don't know what changed but all of a sudden a couple days ago Dorothy started taking much longer naps (going from 30 min to an hour and a half, 2 hours!) and last night she slept, with only one wake up, from 7pm-3am!! She woke up at 10 and dad patted her back and she fell back asleep. I fed her at 3am though of course I was awake bc I woke up at 2am, engorged and scared that something happened and then I just lay there trying to sleep until she cried at 3am. I put her back down at 330 after a long feed and she slept until 5 am. Maybe that doesn't sound that amazing but for us this feels HUGE!!!joy.gif we're going on vacation tomorrow and I'm feeling a little worried, like of course we just start getting the sleep thing figured out and we take her to an unfamiliar place, unfamiliar crib and adjustments to her routine...but oh well, such is life! How's everyone else doing with sleep???
post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 

Owen's sleeping habits have finally become somewhat predictable.  He doesn't seem to nap long usually several 20 minute cat naps throughout the day.  At night he wakes up once, which is such a welcomed change, and he is sleeping in his crib.  This all came about a few weeks ago.  There were a few days where he slept through the night until about 4am.  I think I messed that up by intentionally waking him up to feed because my breast were so engorged.  I can live with waking up ONCE in the night to snuggle and nurse.  The constant waking up was killing me.  I'm not such a ogre now and can actually be pleasant company.  Amazing what a little sleep can do!

post #24 of 35
Oh man, I can't wait to post good news here! She sometimes goes for 40 min, this week it's been 30 again. And within 45 min to an hour she's back cranky wanting a nap. And the time after she gets up, I have to be RIGHT there, she's in her jumping toy right now only because I'm sitting on the floor next to her. I'm so tired right now, I feel numb and just want to cry. I think my cycles are helping that out too, they are all over the place for a short time and gone and back and gone for a long time..... Joy.

At night she goes down between 6:30 & 8:30, depending if she just had to have that last nap late or not. Then 30 min and she's up for a snack, then usually out for anywhere between 1 & 4 hrs. I usually get up and do dishes, straighten, laundry, computer, whatever I need to do until 9:30 or 10:30, depending how tired I am. Then I've been getting up for 30 min to an hour when hubby gets in at 11:30-12ish. When I get in bed, she almost always wakes up. Then it's anywhere from every hour to two hours until about 5 when it's really light (naturally we have a 4x6' eastern window which lets in a lot of light even with dark curtains). Then she wakes up every 15-20 min till she gets up. That's anywhere from 6-8. Thirty min later, she wants another thirty min nap and we start again.

My plan? I've read the No Cry Nap & Sleep Solutions & so far, not seeing much progress. I suspect her chicken pox hasn't helped. They look like they're finally drying out, so let's hope! I also want a black out curtain.
post #25 of 35

LO just started sleeping much better in the last week. He always sleeps a lot more when I am home (more nursing, no bottle fatigue, just more eating) but he has been sleeping better at night. He has started to roll over on his tummy and that seems to help a lot. I've never had a tummy sleeper before.

post #26 of 35

I'm finding I just don't track sleep as much as I did with my earlier babies.  I never know how often my babies wake at night because they sleep with me. So long as they wake, latch on and nurse back to sleep, I don't even notice. The only time it makes me a little crazy is when my night nursling does the constant latch on, rip off thing without end that I can't go back to sleep and *that* I notice!  They usually only do it when something is bothering them and Kaelan is no different in that respect.  He was doing that in the early morning hours for a while but has stopped now and gone back to his normal nightly nursings. Generally, DH will wear him down to sleep around 8 or 9 pm, he will stay on DH until 11 or 12 when he wakes for a feed.  I will take him to bed and nurse him back to sleep (and go to sleep myself) and he will wake again at some point to nurse, maybe once or twice, I'm never sure, but wakes for good at around 7 am.  He naps several times during the day, usually for 1 to 2 hours, sometimes only cat naps of 20 mins.  He is usually in my lap for naps, or in the Ergo/Beco/Didytai, etc. on me or on DH (or sometimes on my eldest DD).  He seems to sleep an awful lot during the day, no where near down to 2 naps a day yet. 

post #27 of 35
I'm perched on the end of the bed right now, she's been asleep for about 45 min right in my spot and I don't want to wake her. I got up early to see what the dog was barking at and she managed to make it without waking up at her normal 30 min mark. Maybe I need to start getting up as soon as she's basically asleep instead of waiting for that initial wake up. I saw her move around as that moment hit, but she went back to sleep on her own! Maybe if I fix this 30 min bump the other will will work out??

I wish I could just sleep through her latching on herself. I have big old 34J/K rock-in-a-sock chi-chis, no niples to speak of, it only happens when I'm still holding it from the last nurse. Lol My shape is not very nurse friendly. Hubby suggested he invent a metal sling for them. I said no thanks.

Man, I was so tired and grouchy yesterday. In retrospect, I'm pretty sure it was an allergic reaction to something. I told hubby next time, tell me to bust out the prednisone. I hate that stuff, but even being more to the natural side and after trying to get my body to chill out on its own, my Dr gave me an emergency supply of low dose prednisone and strict instructions when to use it and for how long. I hate it, but sure helps.
Edited by MrsKoehn - 6/9/13 at 3:45pm
post #28 of 35

I'm not small chested either.  Quite the opposite.....  I've found that larger breasts are actually easier to nurse with while lying down. You don't have to contort yourself as much to get them to the baby!  ;-)

post #29 of 35
Hehe, probably true! Maybe it's the nips, or maybe we're just not that talented yet. Lol It's not for her lack of trying, let me tell you. She either latches in the wrong place (OUCH), or woodpeckers around until she gets mad and I help her, or she grabs with her nails and still latches to the wrong spot. She wants to do it by herself a lot though, for months when she's just in my lap in general, she wants to try to hold it herself, but she usually smothers herself and stops or gets frustrated. Lol Well, two nights in a row I was able to get up and she slept well. I was happy and hoped it would work tonight too... Nope. 45 min and I was back for almost half an hour. Oh well, I've been out for an hour now and getting some online stuff done that I needed/want to do. :) Naps, well, mornings are still not working out for us. Yesterday she woke up from a 30 min nap, and Dad left for work 30 min later. I usually will lay down with her then. I didn't know if she'd want to or not since she just got up, so I asked, "Do you want toys or nap?" She didn't really do anything, so I picked up some stuff to pile in the junk room (which is the opposite way of the bedroom). She started hitting my arm and said very clearly, "Mam, nap." I said, "Did you just say nap?" She started smiling really big and jumping. Well, we lay down and she slept almost 2 HOURS. Yes, my kid, in the day, 2 hours! She woke up half way and nursed back to sleep. I was so happy! I got a nap in, got to actually take my time on the potty, did some laundry, and I forget what else. It was nice and I almost didn't know what to do with myself. Lol Today, back to the norm. Rats.
post #30 of 35

I know this is an older thread but how is sleep going for everyone now? Our babies are all hitting the 7ish month mark and I hope we're sleeping better!

 

Everett fall asleep around 7pm and nurses and sleeps for about 1-2 hours. I am now able to lay him down most nights and he stays asleep!!! YAY!!! He'll wake to eat when I go to bed, around 10-11 and then again around 2am. From 5-7ish he likes to eat every hour or less, same as my DS1. It's nice to get longer stretches of sleep now though E still isn't terribly consistent about following the schedule I just told you. He still has 1-2 "off" nights each week where he is hungry every 2 hours.

 

DS1 was hungry at night (as in I could hear his tummy growling) until 16 months so I know I've got a long way to go. I think we'll nightwean at 18 months again so I've got ONE MORE YEAR until I can sleep longer. Or maybe Everett will not need food all night like DS1 and I can sleep through the night in a few months! I'm planning for 18 months though so I'm not disappointed ;)

 

Pics from May:

 

Both boys napping on me. DS1 actually napped, yay!

 

 

 

My sleeping babies running in their dreams :)

 

post #31 of 35

nak, but stillheart.gif those pics, sarah!

post #32 of 35

Oh man! Ana is almost identical to Everett! We get ready for bed about 6 and down to nurse anywhere between 6:30 and 7. She nurses anywhere from 10-30 min and wakes up most nights about 30-45 min after she falls asleep to nurse for about another 5-15 min. Then she's out for about 2 hours when I go to bed about 10 or 10:30, if she doesn't wake up then, she usually wakes up about 11 for a 5-10 min nurse. Then she'll wake up about 1 or 2 for a nurse but I fall asleep so I'm not sure how long it is. About 5-7 she was waking up every 10-20 min to nurse more, and that got old fast. I spent the money on black out curtains and now it's more like every 20-30 min with the exception of the past two nights. She's rooted around from 3-7 every 10-15 min yesterday and from 5-8 today.

 

Naps are still not so great. She wants to sleep an hour after she wakes up for 30 min. I've stopped letting her do that, so I keep her up till anywhere between 10-11, depending on hubby's wake time and breakfast. She just got up from a 30 min nap and she's blowing raspberries and playing on the floor by my feet right now. I don't let her sleep again until after dinner, which is about 2-2:30 most days. The past two days she's woke up at her 30 min mark but I turn her to the other side and nurse her back to sleep, it takes about 10-15 min but she slept about another 90 min both times! We'll see how today goes with Dad being home and making noise....

 

SO overall better, but still clingy and has some work to do. I don't think she'll be ready to night wean for a while. My Mom said all 6 of us nursed at night until we fully weaned, so oh well. :)

post #33 of 35
Dude, lets not even TALK about naps! This poor second kid doesn't get any decent naps since his older brother stopped napping. E just sleeps on the go, sometimes on my lap if DS1 is reading or watching a show (he gets TV when E is trying to fall asleep, not sure how any of you other moms with more than one kid do it!). Most of the time though I get DS1 busy and E falls asleep and then is hooted into the Ergo.

Like right now! DS1 is playing with play dough and E finished nursing and is sleeping in my arms. As soon as I pry myself off my phone, he'll go in the Ergo and I'll make dinner. DS1 had normal naptimes and schedules and all that since I didn't have anyone else to care for. E just fits in to our every day life and does fine with it. smile.gif
post #34 of 35
Dude, lets not even TALK about naps! This poor second kid doesn't get any decent naps since his older brother stopped napping. E just sleeps on the go, sometimes on my lap if DS1 is reading or watching a show (he gets TV when E is trying to fall asleep, not sure how any of you other moms with more than one kid do it!). Most of the time though I get DS1 busy and E falls asleep and then is hooted into the Ergo.

Like right now! DS1 is playing with play dough and E finished nursing and is sleeping in my arms. As soon as I pry myself off my phone, he'll go in the Ergo and I'll make dinner. DS1 had normal naptimes and schedules and all that since I didn't have anyone else to care for. E just fits in to our every day life and does fine with it. smile.gif
post #35 of 35

Guy has regularly been sleeping 7-9 hrs at the first stretch and then another two after a wake up to nurse/be changed, for the last 2-3 weeks. It's amazing. His naps are also very regular, he gets up between 11a and 12p (we go to bed late) and he naps at 230-3 and at 6-7 for 45min to an hour and a half each time. I'm FINALLY getting housework done during these naps! My house is a sty.

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