Wednesday, May 21, 2008

phew! back to a normal sleep schedule

For the past week and a half Miss Molly has been waking up in the middle of the night. The first time she did it I just chalked it up to her being hungry as I knew she didn't get enough to eat before falling asleep since I had to pump before going to bed. I tried getting her to eat some solids before bedtime to help her make it through the night, but that didn't always work. At night she wants the boob... at least with me. N has had better luck getting her to eat solids at night when I'm not around. Then we had that nasty heat wave so I thought that might be the reason she was waking herself up. She wasn't getting up every night. Just when I started to think there might be a deeper issue she'd sleep through the night to prove me wrong, but it was still unusual. I know I'm lucky. She has slept through the night since she was a month old and probably would have done it sooner, but I was waking her up after 5-6 hours because I didn't want it to go too long between feedings. So when she started waking up at night (sometimes twice) it definitely threw us. This was also compounded with the fact that she was having a hard time going down. Some nights it was a real fight and I think she finally passed out because her complete meltdown was exhausting.

Molly hadn't been feeling well these last few days (Snotty Mc Snoterson) so I wasn't surprised when she had problems falling asleep. When you can hear the snot rattling around you know laying flat on your back probably isn't the most comfortable position. The last two nights were real battles so N hoped online to do some research after I finally got Molly down and passed out myself. Turns out this is completely normal. Little ones start waking up around this time and need to learn to fall back asleep on their own. The worst thing you can do is go to them and pick them up and tend to them because that encourages repeat behavior. Ooops! Hey, she had been sleeping through the night on her own for so long we both immediately assumed there was something really wrong. Our bad. Of course as soon as we realize this she sleeps through the night without any problems. Of course.

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