Friday, November 21, 2008

The Nights Are Still Hard

Last night was pretty tough. Jacob wouldn't nap during the day so you would think he'd conk out early and easily. NOPE. He usually goes to bed between 7 and 8. Last night I started his night routine at 7:30 (I've read that establishing a routine before bedtime makes it easier to put babies to bed- they get used to the routine and pick up on the cues that signal their sleep time).

Our routine goes like this: pajamas, stories, going around the room saying goodnight to everything we see, then I swaddle him and rock him to sleep. Side note: I just started reading Jacob stories- at first I thought it would be silly since he is so young, but he loves looking at pictures and listening to my voice. His legs and arms wave around happily as we turn the pages. Anyway, we started his routine at 7:30. I put him in his bassinet when he fell asleep at 7:50. The second I walked out the door and sat on the couch, I heard him start to cry. I went back in to rock him. He woke up three more times and three more times I rocked him to sleep. He finally stayed asleep at 9:10!! It took 1.5 hours! I was exhausted.

Then my husband and I do OUR normal routine. Husband puts in a DVD and he watches while I try to stay awake. I'm usually asleep 45 minutes into it, however. I know, lame. Last night he put in Tropic Thunder. I know a lot of people said it was funny, but I thought it was really, really stupid.

After my nap the movie, we joined Jacob and went to bed. I think he must be having a growth spurt or something because he slept his normal 5 hours in a row but thwn he woke up every 2 hours after that. He usually is good for three to four more hours. I remember feeding him at 1. Feeding him at 3. And feeding him at 5. Each time he woke up I tried to get him to sleep without feeding him but he wouldn't stop wailing. I hope this is just a growth spurt and not a new sleep habit.


FSD said...

I think this is the part about motherhood that scares me the most. I hope things turn around for you soon!

Trannyhead said...

Sometimes they just do that mysteriously. I wish I could help you, but all I can say is that all of us moms have been there. You'll get through it!

Butterflyfish said...

One thing I learned: once you've got a good pattern, growth spurt & rule change. This pretty much stops after year 1 but... in short, agree with Trannyhead.

LEO said...

but he's just so cute ... that must alleviate the pain from hard nights!

I especially love the last picture of him :)

newduck said...

He is so incredibly adorable! The one thing that helped the duckling sleep through the night was solid food, and enough of it. She used to wake up in the night hungry, but since I started stuffing her full of food during the day she sleeps beautifully at night. Sure, she'll grow up obese, but hell, at least I'll get a good night's sleep. (Just kidding.) (Sort of.)