I know there is a fabled four month regression period, but can it extend all the way to six months?
Mar has never been a good sleeper by mainstream standards, she's only STTN maybe five times (and she's an icky FF baby too). We're totally okay with that, it's not a big deal to roll over and feed her (we co-sleep) and one or two wake ups a night are easy to deal with.
Since hitting five months (and she'll be six months on Thursday) her sleep has gotten progressively worse. Last night, she was down at 8:00 pm. I do need to say we are very blessed by the fact she goes down like a champ. She slept solidly, not a peep, until 11 p.m., then she woke up screaming. She was still asleep, and it took a good five minutes of holding, bouncing and shushing to actually wake her up enough so that she's stop screaming. We changed her, fed her (she took half a normal daytime bottle), and down she went, easy peasy. But then, up at 1 for a snack. Up at 2, screaming and wouldn't be settled until she just went back to sleep. Fussed at 3, settled with the paci. Up at 4, for an hour, nothing was working. Screams at 530 and 630 and up for good at 730.
And this has been nightly for over a week now. She started getting worse around five months of age so we felt it was time to introduce solids and did so at 5.5 months. She's on avocado and sweet potatoes (homemade purees and chunks.) She eats breakfast and lunch and naps with no problem. At least, none of the problems she exhibits at night. So I don't think that food is a problem, but it certainly hasn't been the miracle cure people told me it would be.
When she wakes up screaming, it seems as if she's in the midst of a nightmare. Won't be settled and has to be actually woken up - she's not awake when she's screaming. But this has been going on for so long now, I can't imagine she's having nightmares every night. We thought teething, but there are no signs (she's been drooling and hand chewing since three months) and her daytime moods are normal. We broke down one night and gave her Tylenol "just in case" it was teething and it seemed she slept even poorer that night!
This is just worse than the newborn stage, because at least then she'd feed and go back to sleep. Now, nothing works and most of the time, she just ends up screaming herself to sleep in my arms. Neither her dad, nor I (nor our upstairs neighbor) is particularly happy with this stage.
We have our six month pedi appointment on Thursday and we'll bring the issue up with him. I'm sure his response is just going to be to let her cry, but that is absolutely not an option. Is this really just a stage, and if so, when does it end? Or does it sound like a physical problem? She poots sometimes and burps sometime, but neither with regularity. And if she does do either of those things, it doesn't seem to bring her relief as the crying continues.
I just, it just breaks my heart to hear my sweet girl in what seems like just agony to me.
kati , wife to josh , mama to j&d (7.31.07) marion (9.18.08), feeder of nanuq and gracie lou