Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: In a sleepy haze
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My DD is having a very hard time falling asleep the last two weeks. It almost feels like the days of colic we once had. I can't figure out what to do. She's almost six months old and for the last week has had bronchiolitis, which I'm sure is contributing, but even before that it's been very tough. It's like she needs to be exhausted from bawling her eyes out before she'll even consider sleeping. Our routine goes something like this:
-Change clothes, diaper, etc.
-Rock and nurse
-Baby gets fussy begins to cry
-Daddy takes baby and they do what we call "the baby dance" which is him walking around the house with her, until she gets very upset and wants mom again.
-Mama rocks and nurses, baby seems like she's calming..eyes closed, gentle sucking, but then BAM! eyes open and she tries to sit up in my lap.
-Give to daddy for another daddy dance
--back to mom for more nursing and rocking, baby seems calm, sits up again
-Everyone tries laying down in bed together
-calm baby, but not falling asleep
-baby starts to cry again
-Mommy does baby dance
-sits to to give pinky or nurse
-won't take it this time, cries
-Dad takes baby to dance, cries more
-Mom tries again, more crying
-Dad takes baby to dance, still crying
-Mom takes baby and gently rocks and offers pinky and breast baby finally falls asleep
This all usually takes anywhere from 3-5 hours each and every time.
I'm SO TIRED!!!
I can't figure out what to do or if there is anything I can do except just go with it. It's starting to really make me frazzeled. We're all falling asleep later and later (1, 2, 3 in the morning). DH has been missing school because of his lack of sleep AND because when my sleep becomes lacking it exacerbates my depression and he feels terrible leaving me. To be honest, in those moments I don't want him leaving me either.
I just am trying to figure out if there is something I'm missing here. Some extra step we might take. Some seasoned veteran advice. Some commiserating.
FYI: We breastfeed on demand, night nurse and co-sleep. She's also being treated for reflux through zantac Most nights once we get her to bed for the night we won't get out of bed for about 6-7 hours.
Mama to : '05, '08, '10 and expecting our 3rd January '13