For the last 2 weeks, DD goes down at 9, is up at 12, and will scream bloody murder--which I've never heard her do any other time--if I just pat her back or pick her up. Screaming stops ONLY when I put her down to bed with me. Then I give in and nurse and she closes her eyes, seems to be asleep, but then PULLS MY HAIR or PINCHES or KICKS me all. night. long. She'll even cry in her half sleep if she wakes and finds we're not stuckthisclose.
What gives??? She used to nurse and turn over and sleep. And she wants to nurse more and more... pulling out her paci and searching for the boob. ARGH!!!!!! I'm so tired of being tired. I looked up "11-month sleep regression" and want to punch the mothers complaining of their babes waking once for a feed!
Random info that may be affecting her:
- she just got her top teeth
- looks like 4 more are on their way
- she's standing up all over the place
- walking can't be far behind
- she naps 2 X 40-minutes a day, and always has
Plus Mommy is in an increasingly bad mood out of frustration and sleep deprivation, which isn't good for anyone. I really though things were getting better. I guess that's what irks me most. We've put in the effort but it feels like our sleep is going backwards...
Any advice? Any BTDT? Even a hug will do! Although be warned I may fall asleep on your shoulder...
my ds2's night last night went something like this (he'll be 11 months next week):
-down at 7 (in bed with me)
-awake at 8 (I had left to have ''adult'' time with DH )
-nursed to sleep, slept with me until 10
-awake from 10 till 2, with me trying to nurse, rock, walk, threaten (ok, not really...) back to sleep
-up every hour until 5 wanting to nurse
-up for good at 5 am
...and it's been like that for the last 2 weeks. He was sleeping ok (nursing every 2-3 hours, but we co-sleep so it's not a big deal) prior to that.
I guess my point is, I feel your pain. At least DS1 is sleeping well now. Hang in there!!
DD is perfectly content during the day and isn't pulling on her ears--plus we tried Tylenol last night with no luck. So I don't think it's an ear infection. I'll keep an eye out for any signs, though.
I forgot to mention that DD is also very clingy at night, and says "mamamama" if I turn my back to her or try to push her away so she stops pulling my hair. I don't know if it's a separation-anxiety thing, because she's happy enough to go to anyone else during the day, but it crossed my mind.
She just turns into a completely different baby at night. DH thinks it's because I'm anxious about bedtime again and I'm frustrated about the lack of sleep, and DD's picking up on how I'm feeling. In the early days of being sleep deprived, I remember thinking if I can make it to a year she'll be sleeping better and it'll be so much easier. But it's so off the mark, and I'm so frazzled...
Teething REALLY affected Liam's sleep. He would not only wake up more often (there were nights of waking every 15 minutes), but he would also stay awake for HOURS in the middle of the night. And there was nothing I could do.
hang in there mama! it will get better soon!
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
sounds like teething and developmental. I hate to say it but for us sleep didn't REALLY stay better until DS got all of his teeth in..
Developmental stuff always kept him awake too. Wow, when I look back, I don't know how I made it through the madness! The nights of being awake for hours with him. It passes mama, just hang in there.
: 01/10/2009 and 09/29/2011
Thank you, mamas, for your ears and your support. I just went out with an old friend who said his DD didn't sleep well till she was almost 2, so at least I'm not alone IRL, either. I know I will one day look back on this and have fond memories of comforting DD when she needed me, but right now it's just so raw and overwhelming. Sometimes I look back at all those Saturday mornings when I was single where I got up early just because. What was I thinking!!!
Maria , wife to A , mama to DS M 8/09 and DS L 6/12
Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, then it's not the end - Paolo Coelho