Friday, May 20, 2011

Sleep is for the weak

The past week or so Sadie has decided she's had enough with her AWESOME sleeping and that it would be way more fun to wake up twice now during the night and yell-scream (Anyone know what I am talking about when I say yell-scream? It's a fun new trick she's learned.) until someone comes and feeds her. So this means I am pretty much back to sleeping in 3 hour intervals. Yeah, yeah, I know it's not that bad and it could be a lot worse but I'm sorry, I got used to getting around 5 hours of sleep before having to get up for a feeding.

I have a few reasons to think this might just be a phase:
  • She's had a pretty good cold the past week or so, so could be she is waking up because she is all snotty and can't breath until momma comes and sucks the snot out of her nose.
  • I've heard some babies go through a growth spurt around the 3 month mark, if this is the case it should be done by now, right?
On the other hand I think it might be time to start introducing sleep training. We've never had a problem putting Sadie to bed even if she is not asleep when we put her down and even now she can be wide awake after a middle of the night feeding and we'll put her back in her crib and say "peace, sister, you might not need 3 hours of sleep but we do" and she's fine, she might fuss a little but it never turns into crying and within 30 minutes she is out. With all that amazingness I thought we had managed to avoid having to do any sort of sleep training, but I am starting to think she is waking up early during the night not because she is hungry but just because something woke her up. She has slept through the night severl nights (can we talk about how glorious those nights were?) so I know she can do it and it's starved by the morning. I also never associated sleep training as something to use during the night! I always thought it was just for getting babies to go to bed in the first place! Sigh, I probably need to go to a bookstore this weekend.

When she does wake up during the night, is that when I let her cry it out and self soothe? Gah, I would almost rather just get up and go feed her. At least that I can sleep walk through, there is no sleeping with a screaming baby.

Any moms read this and have any advice?

I am weak and I need sleep.


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