So recently Dragonling 1.0 has not been sleeping well. Not falling asleep easily, doesn’t want to be put down, and not staying asleep long. Obviously this makes for a tired, crabby baby in the morning. It also makes a tired and crabby Mommy and Daddy…
Last night was the pinnacle, I hope, of bad sleep in recent memory.
Yesterday she hardly napped. A couple little 20 minute cat naps throughout the day, but nothing that would even come close to a quality sleeping experience. By the time Papa Dragon came home I was ready to hand off Dragonling for some father/daughter time.
The night started off like a normal night.
Around 6:00 PM we got out some squash and bananas for Dragonling’s supper. She ate well and seemed to be feeling pretty good but was pretty tired.
I’m sure the unusual burst of fresh air had something to do with that, however in January Iowans don’t turn down outdoor time when the weather is nice. We need all the Vitamin D we can get!
After she ate it was time for pjs and Momma snuggles while nursing. She fell asleep quickly and I laid her in her crib around 7:30 PM.
Like normal, she woke up about an hour later for the rest of her evening snack, but this time she would not go back to sleep.
Now, we have just started some sleep training in an attempt to get her to sleep better through the night. Our plan has been to try to lay her down still partially awake so she can learn to self-soothe herself to sleep the rest of the way.
We are also transitioning from a Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play to her crib. We might be insane.
Because we have a couple major changes going on at once our plan is to take things very gradually. So, for the time being, the goal is get her laid down in her crib, drowsy the first time she goes to bed each night. The second time she’s ready to go down, we will attempt to lay her in the crib while drowsy but limit the attempt to no more than a 30 minutes. After 30 minutes we will just lay her back in the Rock ‘N Play.
It seems good in theory, and in practice it worked yesterday…
Today, not so much.
It took me three hours to get her back to sleep and laid down.
During those three hours I nursed her twice (the first because she was hungry and the second was just for comfort), I changed her diaper, I rocked her, I walked with her, and every time I tried to lay her down she woke up the instant her head hit the bed. Screaming.
There was no build up. Just screaming.
Finally, after the second feeding she dozed off and I was able to put her down. I quickly jumped into bed also, because I knew that she would more than likely be up at least one more time before morning. (Actual morning, like 7:00 AM, not this 5:00 AM business.)
By this time it was about midnight.
At 2:30 AM she was up again.
Again she ate. Again she woke up the instant her head hit the bed. I tried, unsuccessfully, for 45 minutes to get her to sleep before I called in reinforcements.
Papa Dragon came in and got the Dragonling calmed down and, once again, tried to lay her down.
So I nursed her again.
Asleep. Dead asleep in less than 5 minutes.
I laid her down (4:00 AM) and again I slept.
At 6:30 AM she was up again, but this time I just had to nurse her and lay her in the bed next to me and she was out.
One more hour. I got one more hour.
At 7:30 AM she was up and ready for the day… I was not.
Thank God for Keurig machines and coffee. Copious amounts of coffee.
Oh, and did I mention she got her 6 month vaccine shots today…