Oh, what a day, what a week it has been! Mamas, I feel like such a wreck. Dd has hardly slept all week. She is 7 months old. Maybe she is teething?
The past three days have been just awful. She acts tired and miserable all day long and when I take her to lie down w/her and nurse her to sleep in the bed she won't go to sleep. She starts to relax and nurse and then she's fighting it - she's up crawling around the bed, pulling up to standing, crawling all over me, sucking on my nose, crying, crying and crying. I know she is so tired. I feel like crying myself.
Today she was awake at 7am, then went down for a nap from 10-11:20 am (ok that was good). But then she was awake until just now - 9:30 pm! Thats 10 hours awake! And she was fussy and grumpy almost the entire time. I take her for walks, I sling her, I nurse her, rock her, Backpack her, bathe her, play w/her and keep trying to lie down w/her throughout the day. It is exhausting - but still no sleep! What am I doing wrong?
She was crying so hard and no matter what I did it didn't help.
I feel so helpless when that happens - just like when she cried and cried in my arms as a newborn. I get so sad about it that around 5:00 today I said,
"Go to sleep! Go to sleep! Please, please go to sleep! Mommy's tired too, I need to sleep too!" In a whiny voice, and then I felt horrible about it. It doesn't help one bit for me to break down and get upset. I think that it must be bad for her to be around a sad and frustrated mommy all day too. It certainly doesn't help, and I'm not teaching her anything good that way.
Well, maybe she is having a motor milestone with all that crawling. Or maybe she is teething. It is just so hard to see her all stressed out and fussy and me too.
I feel like such a whiner lately - I have been complaining here about my in-laws first, and now my baby. Maybe I just need to relax and focus on all the wonderful and positive things to be thankful for . . . like how she laughs when she's taking a bath . . . and think of new ways how I can help her sleep when she's tired or else make us happier if she can't sleep!
Oh, one more thought - what do you think about the idea of lying down with her for 15-20 minutes, and if she's not relaxed and falling asleep, get up and do something else w/her? That's what I've been doing, but maybe if I was more patient - just waited a bit longer, then she would fall asleep?
Now its my turn to go to sleep too! G'night and thank you.
P.S. I use Hyland's teething gel. Sometimes I think it works, and other times she still is awake and fussing, so I'm not so sure.