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Lately, dd keeps waking up in the middle of the night and "doing the floppy fish". She sits up in a drunken half awake state and starts throwing herself around. Usually first with her head on my stomach, then to her back and all around the bed until she finally settles on top of the covers with her head near my knee. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She's been sleeping one of her 2 hour chunks like this.<br>
I keep a baby blanket next to the bed to throw over her.... I'm worried she's going to crash her head into the wall (or MY head!) because she just throws herself around.<br>
Last night was the worst, she was ALL over the place, I'm wondering if it's because dh is out of town. At one point, I woke and couldn't find her and she was way up in the corner of dh's side, all curled up. Another time, I actually had to turn on the light to find her and she was on top of the covers, near my feet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br>
this has been going on for a week or two, has anyone else experienced it?
 

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Ahhh, yes, the floppy fish. We call it the sleep head dance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've dealt with that before. Ds does this when he goes to bed too late, is upset about someting, or if he doesn't feel good. So maybe your little fishy is missing daddy and missing having him next to her. I can't remember how old your dd is, forgot to check your sig to see if it was there, but if she is old enough, could you pile the pillows where your dh usually sleeps and then a few against the wall. Maybe that will make her feel more secure and less likely to bump her head. As for your head, I have no advice besides putting a pillow over your head when the flopping begins. I got a black eye once when ds3 was 2 years old! OUCH!
 

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Yes! Yes! Yes! It's called the floppy fish, you say? I just call it painful! My ds is almost four and he does this every single night. I wake up disoriented being poked and whacked and collapsed on. Not fun!
 

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AH! I've wanted to post about this but couldn't figure out a good way to describe it! We just call it "flopping" but i think we'll be adding the fish part. Remember the end of that Faith No More video....it's just like that!
 

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YES! This is our ds EVERYNIGHT and I've been head-butted (it hurt me but ds didn't seem bothered).<br><br>
I love this description....!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
What to do? Nothing.... let the fish swim freely.
 

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My husband and I were just discussing our plans for the night when we saw this post. HA! We have a floppy fish on our hands as well. My son started flopping and 2, and eventually flopped his way into his own bed. Then he stopped. Our little girl is only 1, and, like our son, it is clearly nursing related. She is trying to settle herself and not sure how to do it, and we're not sure how to help her. Nursing on demand all night is not working. She seems to need more space (but does not want to be in her crib either!)
 

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LOL. DS does the same thing. I thought he wanted space but no - he just flops right over to where I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My son actually gave me a severe bloody nose that way once, with a dive-bomb into my face. Whatever you do, make sure your nose is protected!
 

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We are on day 5 of this and this thread made me realize this might not stop.<br>
I have been emotional and crabby by evening time because he is also skipping his 1st nap. He sleeps in late in the A.M now because he didn't get a good nite sleep the nite before. I have to wake up early with the other kids going to school/bus.<br><br>
Dh wants to stop co-sleeping and blames me for nursing him at nite. We don't nurse during the day at all because we are busy. There is no way to distract him at nite so I end up nursing in hopes that he will drift back to sleep. When dh tries to get him back to sleep he raises his voice and ds stops crying and lays down (I hate this) whimpering.<br><br>
I am thinking about sleeping in my other ds (7) bed and trying to see if ds (18mo) will like to sleep with brother. He probably won't like it but I don't know what else to do.
 

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:yawning:<br><br>
we are two weeks into the 'floppy fish'......dd is 4.5mo--slept thru the night since she was 2months old. we never cio, she just started sleeping thru the night on her own...I was so happy...I thought I had it so good.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
she starts out in the co-sleeper next to me and within 1-2hrs she's sleeping on me. Of course my sleep is terrible when this happens. Then she nurses a bit after that and it just goes on and on.........<br><br>
She was a good napper too. Now she won't sleep unless I'm holding her during the day.<br><br>
Now...she's up every 45min-2hrs and nurses atleast that long. I'm so tired again. And dh is pushing for putting her in a crib, in her own room again<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
now i'm wondering if it's related to mine and dh's problems? and this is just adding to it.
 

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Ah, we also have a floppy fish sleeper. Ds is 4 yrs old, and it makes us CRAZY!! He's always slept like that, and you'd think we'd have gotten used to it by now. NOPE! He starts out in his own bed in his own room every night, but within a couple hours, he's with us again. At least we get a couple peaceful hours before he shows up!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yup totally normal. At one time we have 3 kids in our bed. We would end up with some down at our feet, on our head laying across the pillows, diagonal. Something about kids....they can't sleep straight and under the covers.<br><br>
I LOVE calling it the floopy fish....LOL<br><br>
Mine sit up and talk some too. I had one that would YELL loud and wake everyone up. Then lay down and go back to sleep.
 

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Well, more like 9 months probably but she's not doing it as much lately. Weird isn't it?
 

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Thank goodness, that means there's hope for us. I can do this for another week or two maybe but no more.
 

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Mine does this too. She also kicks in her sleep. I hate waking up from a deep sleep from being kicked with a heel in the eye socket. That just sucks. DH has gotten a bloody nose from head butts before too. It really only happens when DD is having trouble sleeping. She just flops all around the bed.<br><br>
The worst is when she insists (in her sleep of couse) that she must lay across my face in order to sleep. No matter how many times I move her she just keeps coming back. I really dislike that! Especially because I CAN'T BREATHE!
 

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I just experienced a floppy fish moment 2 minutes before I found this post! How funny. Now she's back to snoozing but that was disconcerting. Totally quiet and asleep, then sitting up and flailing, then back to sleep. Glad my Katie's not the only flopper!
 
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