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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yet another sleep post!

Oh goodness, I love this baby. When she's awake and happy, she is just so fun. She laughs and smiles and wiggles and does all this fun baby stuff. But good god, when it comes to nap time, I am pulling my hair out. I am frustrated beyond belief!

Brandon isn't here for me to vent to, so after turning to my sisters and trusty FB, I'm turning to my lovely blog. So far I've been keeping super busy so the time without him is flying by (yeah, yeah, it's only been two days!) but I've been struggling with Penny. I knew I rely on him a lot, but wow, I must've used him much more than I imagined! Because now when I'm frustrated with the baby, no one is here to jump in and take her while I cool down.

Anyway, back to naps. Remember a few weeks ago when I figured her out? I think she's changing again. Unfortunately, I can't figure out what she wants. Does she want to be awake longer? Does she want to be put down without being rocked? Does she want to nurse to sleep or not?

Here's my biggest issue. Lately she's been wanting to nurse to sleep. Fine, I'll feed her then if that's what she wants. But when I'm nursing her she struggles and wiggles and can't stay still. Sometimes she falls asleep nursing, and those times are awesome. Other times, I need to rock her a bit more to get her to sleep. However, she starts struggling again. She arches her back, cries out, and turns her head to suck on my arm. Over and over. So after fighting for a bit, I either get her to settle down (by holding the pacifier in her mouth and shh-ing) or I get frustrated and put her down in her crib, where she just cries and cries.

Has anyone ever had this problem? I used to be able to see she's sleepy, go rock her, and she would fall asleep within 5-10 minutes. Now it's fight fight fight! I'm hoping soon I can just put her in her bed awake and she falls asleep on her own, but another problem - she likes sleeping on her belly, but if she's awake, she won't settle herself down. If I put her on her back, she stays awake. AHHH.

She's asleep for the night now and I'm going to go relax with a book, after doing some research. Who would've thought that the hardest part of having a baby for me is the sleep thing?


  1. Can she roll over both ways? If she can, sleeping on her belly is totally fine. When you nurse her and rock her to sleep, when she stops nursing and fights it, put her on your shoulder, pat her bottom, and just keep on rocking her.

    I have to fight with my son sometimes too, though I KNOW he's tired. I do not like those days. He's usually really easy to put down and then other times, it literally takes 45 minutes, yet if I give up and say forget it, he cries and cries and cries because he wants to sleep.

  2. It could just be a phase. Adelei has those sometimes, but luckily they only last for a few days at a time.

  3. Oddly enough, Charlotte was doing that fussing/fighting thing while nursing a couple weeks ago. All I can say is OMG. It was awful, but now she only does it every once in a while. It could be just a phase. Anyway, I was reading in Babywise the other day about scheduling and such, and I *think* there might be something in there that says something about hitting 4 months and sometimes they have sort of a regression or something. I can't exactly remember, but if you think about it you might want to dig out the book and check it out! Even if you're not doing Babywise to a 'T' it could give you some info about what's going on with her.

  4. Yeah, Natalie had all sorts of sleep issues. Tommy was awesome. Natalie..not so much :/

  5. Evelyn did that too for a while, fortuntly its a phases. I think its a bit of growing out of that infant stage where they dont understand why they arnt just falling asleep anymore. at least thats what I always assumed.
    Sleeping will get better though hun! I promise you that, if I can do it, you can too!
    I agree with what Kendall said, if she can roll then its fine for her to sleep on her tummy. Evelyn is always on her tummy.
    I also totally feel you on the relying on your husband thing, it sure throws you for a loop when they leave!

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