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So... things are going well on the cosleeping front at night. DS has been pretty consistent over the last month or so... he gets tired around 8 or 9pm (although it takes us a few tries to get him all the way asleep), wakes around midnight to nurse, and again at about 3:30. All well and good for a two month-old, I'd say.<br><br>
The problem arises after that. He's been waking up earlier and earlier. Today it was 4:30. Now, I have no problems turning into a morning person. I kind of enjoy early mornings, out on the deck, looking at the river with DS. But 4:30am is just kind of beyond sensible. DS is still yawning and cranky and clearly not ready to start the day, but he seems to think he's ready to get up and go. We've kind of set a rule, for our own sanity, that we won't get out of bed before 5. Some mornings it's OK... he'll just play with his hands and grunt and coo and whatnot. I can't sleep through it, but I can lay in bed and be lazy for an extra half hour or so. Some mornings, like today, though, he just started out cranky and sleepy. He went down for his first "nap" at 6:30.<br><br>
Honestly (and I'm not just being selfish and wanting to sleep in), he's NOT ready to wake up at 4:30 or even 5. He's generally still sleepy. It's like he's waking up one sleep cycle too early. We've tried changing his diaper, we've tried not changing his diaper, nursing him in bed, nursing him in a chair, everything.<br><br>
It's 9am, and he's already on his second nap (first one only lasted 20 minutes because a storm rolled through and woke him up). This is making for some REALLY long days.<br><br>
Any suggestions on getting him back to sleep?<br><br>
ETA: I'm not looking to sleep in until noon here. 6 would be nice. 5:30, even. Just not 4:30. And I want him to wake up and be READY to be awake, not cranky and still sleepy.
 

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I would make sure the room is still totally dark at 430...it is clear that it is just a "break" in his sleep, and it is NOT a "wakeup" i think you are doing teh right thing...keep it dark, dont talk or play, do nurse and cuddle, but encourage that he go back to sleep. sounds sort of like my kids..they were "snackers" they would eat and sleep in TINY little sessions...heck, in my house, 9 am is a WAKE up time, NOT *SECOND* nap time....
 

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MY DS was similar. He'd wake around 4:00, then 5:00, then 5:30... Way too early for me to start the day. We kept the room as dark as we could and didn't get up. We'd rock or bounce or nurse, but we were not going to start the day. He did eventually get it, but I admit, it was a fight.
 

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See, he DOESN'T seem to be getting it. Eventually, he gets bored/frustrated and starts crying, and then we have to get up because that's all that'll soothe him.<br><br>
If tomorrow morning goes poorly again, I'm going to either sleep in the walk-in closet with DS, or down in the basement. We keep the room as dark as possible, but it's not pitch black. If I need to sleep in a cave, I will. I just need more sleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Now, once we're back in AK, we have aluminum foil covering the window. THAT's dark, even in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Since we're staying at my parents' house, we can't just go taping up aluminum foil as we see fit. <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 DD was restless from 5am-7am for a very long time, at least the first six months, but she did grow out of it. She didn't usually full out wake up like your DS, but it was enough that I couldn't sleep through it. Just wanted to let you know that it does get better someday, even if it doesn't seem like that now.
 

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Thanks. I figure worst comes to worst, he'll be a teenager someday, and I'll be prodding him with a broomstick at noon.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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