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DS is 9 months old. From the beginning, he's been a pretty awful sleeper. He's never slept longer than 4 hours at a time, and usually, it's more like 2 hours between wakings. The last week or so, he's been waking up every 1-1.5 hours.<br><br>
But, that's not even the bad part. The bad part is that at least 2 or 3 times a night, he takes over an hour to go back down. Here's the scenario: DS wakes up (immediately crying and screaming at the top of his lungs), I nurse him, he falls asleep within minutes, I continue to rock him for 10-20 minutes to make sure he is truly asleep. Then I try to lay him down. As soon as he touches the mattress, he scoots around, hands flailing, until he eventually wakes himself up, and I have to start the whole process over again. Lather, rinse, repeat, at least 2-3 more times before he eventually stays asleep.<br><br>
This is SO frustrating, b/c DS is ASLEEP, but manages to wake himself up everytime I put him down. So, what should take me 20 minutes ends up being an hour +, meaning I get that much less sleep before DS's next wake-up.<br><br>
Other strange things he does: arches his back in his sleep, violently jerks his body in his sleep (this happens when I'm rocking him), cries/coughs harshly in his sleep, will not sleep on his side or back (he will wake up in those positions), will only sleep on his stomach with his butt in the air.<br><br>
Help! What is going on? Wise mamas, do you have any answers for a mama who is sorely in need of some sleep?
 

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Have you tried lying down with him and nursing him to sleep that way? My dd always sleeps best when we lay down together. I sure hope you get better sleep soon! ((hugs))
 

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no sleep is rough. I also agree that nursing him while laying in bed might help a bit. Has he always done this?<br><br>
"Other strange things he does: arches his back in his sleep, violently jerks his body in his sleep (this happens when I'm rocking him), cries/coughs harshly in his sleep, will not sleep on his side or back (he will wake up in those positions), will only sleep on his stomach with his butt in the air."<br><br>
To me that sounds like he has an upset tummy or something. What kind of things does he eat before bed?
 

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I've tried laying down, and he falls asleep. But, he doesn't stay asleep on his side (which is the position he ends up in).<br><br>
He's always had problems with staying asleep once I set him down. It got better for a while when we were swaddling him, but then he started really fighting the swaddle, so we stopped using it around 5/6 months. Ever since then, he's just been getting harder and harder to put down.<br><br>
The jerking around/arching his back thing started about 2 weeks ago. Nothing new in his diet, really (he's been eating homemade veggies and fruits for about 2 months now). My diet has remained the same.<br><br>
Already, he's been up 4 times tonight (he went to sleep at 7 p.m.). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Ive just 'joined ' here, but this is spooky...you are describing my son exactly! He is 9 months, up every hour or so writhing and cries immediately when he wakes, have tried many diet restrictions for myself(no soy & dairy made a huge difference in gas problems)but he still wakes constantly. Hes cheery all day, has 2 naps, and is developing normally otherwise. Been to dietician x3, pediatricial, health nursex57...waiting for naturopath appt....ready to rip out my own eyeballs!
 

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This is just a thought - any physical milestones recently? Could he be dreaming about crawling or walking or pulling up and trying to do this?<br><br>
I also continued to swaddle dd until ~11 months or so, then we used a sleep sack. Her reflex upon being put onto a bed was always to startle dramatically, waking herself up and making herself totally upset. She also had a strong jerk in her muscles before sleeping which would sometimes wake her. So the physical cover worked well for her, because it prevented her from waking herself up with those going to sleep movements.
 

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Well, maybe DS knew how badly I needed some sleep, b/c he was much better last night. Still woke up several times, but he was easy to put down. DH also woke up with him at 6 a.m., when he woke for good, so I got an extra hour of sleep b/f DD woke up.<br><br>
He has had a couple of milestones recently-- he's trying to pull himself up to standing, and he's had three teeth come in. But, the majority of these problems (other than the jerking/arching his back) have been there for several months. I've thought about the sleep sack, but DH thinks DS will be more upset about it b/c he won't be able to crawl around. Is that true? I think I might try it anyway.<br><br>
Medusabomb: ((hugs)). It's so hard, isn't it? I hope you get some answers (and sleep!) soon.
 
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