I know I've said I'm going to shut up about the sleep but it's a major factor in my life and the lives of all the sleep deprived. I must talk about it to keep from going all crazy and fetal.
The end of daylight savings has set US back! V was starting to sleep until 5:30 consistently. Now she's waking between 4 and 4:30. This is some bull! I was just starting to wrap my brain around a 5:30 wake. It's still too early for me but not crazy ridiculous like 4 am.
I've decided to nip it in the bud. I'm moving forward with getting her to sleep until 7 am which is approximately what time she wakes up and not in a crabby mood.
This morning she woke up at 4:30. I gave her a few pats on the back and a pacifier and said "night,night". She whined until I went in for her normal 5:00 feeding. I picked her up, fed her and put her back in the crib. She did not go back asleep until 7 am and slept for about an hour. She woke up happy instead of disgruntled and half asleep. Why do toddlers resist sleep? Sleep is awesome.
Normally I co-sleep with her for 1 or 2 hrs. She latches on and falls asleep on me. She makes a very warm and cozy blanket. I've been doing this because I enjoy the cuddle time and the extra snoozes for me.
If I dont co-sleep she will not go back to sleep. I feel like the co-sleeping isn't the right way to go at this point. It's only making her dependent on me for sleep. It's like we're going in reverse. I've found myself having to co-sleep at nap time too in order for to sleep at least an hour. All the while, she's squirming and twisting and trying to take my nipple with her. She turns on to her other side but wakes up quickly when she realizes the nipple isn't with her. If I try to move her to her bed, she wakes up. She's asleep but it doesn't seem like she's getting good sleep (see picture above for GOOD SLEEP example).
Violet's sleep has slowly improved over the year and none of it just happened on its own. I have had to put rules in place and stick to them. So I'm here again firmly sticking to the the new rules.
Rule 1: No feeding between 11 pm and 5 am (not a problem until DST ended)
Rule 2: No co-sleeping (save baby cuddles for a fully awake happy baby)
Rule 3: V must stay in crib after feeding until 7 am the next day (the ideal)
It's challenging. There will be some tired, teary days ahead but I'm staying focused on better sleep for the both of us.
Where are my fellow sleep deprived caffeine addicted zombie mamas? How to you stay sane and come to terms with sleep deprivation? Have you made peace with baby sleep patterns?