From 6 1/2 weeks to nearly 10 weeks my LO has been nursing/comfort nursing from about 9/9:30 pm until 10/10:30 on one side, and then DH picks her up and lays her in the pack n play, where she'd sleep until about 5 or 6 am. We started adding a bath (which she seems to enjoy) at about 8 1/2 weeks, just before the nighttime nursing session.
Suddenly at just under 10 weeks old, DD nurses at night, seems tired, etc. She comfort nurses for her normal amount of time, and then when DH picks her up, she is WIDE awake and cries.
One night he walked with her until she fell asleep (11:30)
The next night she cried and cried when he walked her, so I comfort-nursed her again until she fell asleep (12:00)
Last night, NOTHING worked. We unswaddled her and changed her dipe (she pooped around midnight, which is not normal for her.) When we changed her, she was WIDE awake and smiling, wanting to PLAY. I tried to nurse her in bed with the intention of co-sleeping (not putting her in the pack n play as we normally do) just to give DH some rest. But she ended up fussing in bed, too. I ended up taking her to the living room, walking with her and singing for a half hour, and putting her to sleep in her swing, complete with nature sounds and the swing going. She slept like this (stirring a bit every hour or so) from about 1:45 until 6:30.
Why could this pattern suddenly have changed??
I am exhausted, and DH missed his 7 am meeting today because he was so tired. I am getting anxious about tonight. I start the bedtime routine at 8-8:30, and doing all this work just to have it fail and take until 2 am to get her to bed is not good!!!
What am I doing wrong? She does nap quite a bit during the day, nursing and comfort nursing a lot. She also gets sleepy and naps for about an hour somewhere in between 6-8pm, usually in the swing or Pikkolo. Should I keep her awake? Help!!!!
Mama to F(06/11/09) and baby boy C (06/09/11)