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Raising 2 peanuts. #3 due in June
DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
DD is almost 6 months old. When she was a newborn she was a terrific sleeper...slept 4-5 hours a night from the first week, in a bassinet next to the bed. This continued for about 3 months. She never really slept longer than 6 hours at night (she slept 7-8 hours 3 times in three months), but that was fine with us - we considered ourselves very lucky. However, over the past two months her sleep habits have really been regressing. It has gotten to the point where she is waking up about 30 minutes after we put her to sleep, and continues to do so all evening (or she just stays up) until we bring her into our bed around 11-12. We didn't cosleep when she was younger and sleeping longer stretches - we have started this because I have found the only way any of us get any sleep is to let her sleep with my boob in her mouth...needless to say, I'm not sleeping very well, but at least I am sleeping.
Truth be told, I rather like cosleeping...but I just need her to be able to sleep by herself in the evening before I am ready to come to bed. She's obviously exhausted and ready for bed around 7-8, but she's up after 30 minutes or so (but still tired, rubbing her eyes, etc) and can't sleep without me...she even falls asleep the second I pick her up out of the crib. I AM GOING CRAZY!! Do you think this might have a medical basis - some sort of pain, hunger, etc., or do you think she just wants to play? Does everyone who cosleeps have issues like this for the earlier part of the evening? Sorry for the extremely long post...