great to hear you're feeling hopeful about the advice you're getting on sleeping.zoebird,
maybe you can distract them with your beautiful new baby so they forget about the bassinet crap? TV:
It's so refreshing to hear such honest accounts of what everyone is trying to do with TV. I just love you ladies.
So for us: We are currently trying not to let Abby look at the TV while we're watching, so she just gets glimpses every once in a while. But it's hard, and we feel guilty for watching the TV and not paying attention to her, so we're trying to cut back. We were watching about 45 min-1 hr of TV every night while we ate dinner, and she would sit in a baby chair facing us. So now we're going to try eating dinner at the table w/no TV. It helps that she can sit in her high chair while we eat, now.
But I had planned on not letting her watch TV (in our house at least) before the age of 2, maybe longer. Maybe that's not reasonable--we'll see. I mean she's 6 months old now, and we're just now starting to adjust our TV watching habits to what we had planned to before she arrived.
We just really don't like the idea of her seeing ads before she can start to understand on some level that their purpose is to manipulate her. Also, I got that book Elizabeth recommended called Endangered Minds
--it had some interesting things to say about TV, and even recommended delaying/decreasing TV until the child learns how to read, as TV watching can decrease comprehension skills. The book's point was that TV is a passive learning experience (if it's a learning experience at all), whereas reading requires active translation of words to concepts. So if a kid watches too much TV, they can develop passive learning habits and don't have great reading/learning skills in general.Napping changes:
Abby has always been a frequent napper and has always had decently long naps. She stays awake for 1-2 hours before being ready for a nap, then she sleeps 45 min-1.5 hrs. But in the last week, she's been pushing it to 2-3 hrs between naps and only sleeping for 30 min at a time!!! And getting her down for the nap has never been harder--we have to bounce her on the exercise ball for a looooong time. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 times before we can put her down & she'll stay asleep. Also, she was never a "colicky" baby but in the last week, she's been fussy from early evening to 11 pm, and it's super hard to get her down to a nap during that time and also very hard to get her to go to sleep for the night.What could be causing this?!?
Possibilities I can think of:
- Teeth? She has 2 bottom teeth already, so maybe more are on the way? I can't feel anything poking thru yet, and I don't see any bulges like I did with the 2 bottom.
- Solid foods? We started giving her a little avocado every morning starting Tuesday, along with some water. The napping/fussiness issues started Tuesday night. (btw, we're not boiling the water...is that bad?)
- Fighting illness? DH was sick with a bad cold on Wednesday and Thursday, then I've been sick Friday and today. She was a little snotty/sneezy last night and tossing/turning all night, but no more snotty/sneezy today. So maybe she's going to be in the clear? :
- She fell on her head Sunday night. I know it's unlikely to be related, but it's hard not to let my mind wander in that direction...
Do you guys have any other ideas on what could be causing a napping/fussiness change like this? I'm at a loss.
And I'm sure I don't have to tell you ladies this as a lot of us have been thru times like this, but I really feel like I'm about to reach a breaking point. I'll bounce her for 10-15 min (my back muscles are constantly sore as a result), lay her down, then her eyes will pop open and if I don't pick her up right away, she'll arch her back (new skill) and CRY CRY CRY hard.
Last night, when I was feeling achy and snotty and she was NOT sleeping, I was really not feeling very nice feelings towards her.
I know she's not doing anything on purpose, but it certainly starts to feel like that sometimes.
Okay, sorry for the novel...