Sleep has become a rare commodity in our house these days.
About three weeks ago, Baby Girl started waking up more often during the night. She had been sleeping from 10:30pm or so until 5-6am very regularly, and I figured her wake-ups came from the fact that we started putting her to bed about 8pm. Surely, I told myself, she is adjusting to this new schedule and will get back on track soon.
The apex of the whole sleep-thing (well, the first apex anyway) came on March 11, when we took her with us on an overnight and she did not sleep more than 45 minutes at a time all. night. long. Given that she never even did that as a newborn, it threw us off entirely. (Those of you who have been dealing with this kind of broken sleep all along: feel free to laugh at my complaining about one bad night. Spectacularly bad, and the night before I had to spend all day teaching 30 junior high kids, but still.) Since then, she's been waking up at least twice during the night: around 2am, again around 4am, and then back to sleep until 5:30 or 6am.
This. Will. Not. Do.
(I know. Insert laugh here.)
Last night, she would not go to sleep. We did everything we usually do: we put on pj's, nursed, read books, bounced on the ball, shhh'ed and sang songs. We did this for nearly two hours - it usually takes no more than 30 minutes. She was finally asleep about 9:30pm, and then up at 11:00pm. And 1:00am. And 2:00am. And then 5:30am. (Woo hoo! Three hours!) Now she's down for a "nap," which lasts about 20 minutes.
Today's parenting theme around here: WTF?
In my frantic online research, I finally found a site I like. It suggests that most kids go through a sleep regression at 4 months old. That there's so much development in their little brains, they simply can't settle down for sleep. That they'll get over it. Eventually. That it's not my fault - the one time I held her for a nap, or nursed her to sleep out of desperation, or let her cry it out for awhile because I did not know what else to do - all those things have not ruined my child forever and ever and ever amen.
I had more to say, but it's been twenty minutes. And she's up. Again.
This too shall pass.