Thursday, July 22, 2010

No sleep

Cooper is being a STINKER! He sleeps great all day long. Takes 3 naps during the day (goes down without a peep), happy as can be, eats well, and is just perfect!! Come 8:00-9:00 he is completely different. He is whiney and wants to be with me all the time. And he won't go to sleep. He refuses! We feed him, 30 minutes later we swaddle him and put him down. He giggles and talks right up until the moment he hits the mattress. We've tried letting him cry, we've tried holding him, rocking him, singing to him, tylenol, teething tablets, more food...we have no idea what to do! He does this until about 11:00 and then sleeps until about 1:00 am. Then he wakes up screaming. So we give him a pacifier...works for about 10 minutes and he's up again. So we feed him...he falls asleep for another hour or 2. Then he's up again...it's a continuous cycle that is making Brady and I go craZy! It's only happened 2 or 3 nights but it is super frustrating when he's never done this before. A few explanations run through my head...

1. teething. I know teething hurts. My wisdom teeth just came in within the last few years. I am starting to feel like we are drugging our child with Tylenol every night (usually a last resort along with teething tablets).
2. tummy pains. I wonder if feeding him food is hurting his tummy. He's pooping fine (a little firmer than with just formula) but maybe it's not digesting well. But then he calms down after he has a bottle. Maybe he's hungry?
3. attachment to me. About every time he calms down it's because I am holding him and rocking him. He relaxes and his eyes are heavy...then I put him down in bed. Immediately he starts crying. Brady can't seem to calm him down, ever.
4. wants to play. There have been a few times where I go in there and he gets excited and starts giggling. It's only happened a few times but it crossed my mind.
5. too many naps. Should I drop a nap? But he's on a 4 hour schedule and it's rough to get him through 2 hours of play time. But maybe he's getting too much sleep.

Ugh this little boy is so perfect during the day...why can't he be perfect at night?? It's a good thing Brady is here to help. Usually I was the one getting up with him when he occasionally woke up, but this is just too much. We both are so confused! Cooper never has been like this before and we are losing our patience...especially with the lack of sleep. If you have any ideas on what we should do I would LOVE the advice!

5 comments:

PECK said...

Just wait it out..and BREATHE. I know that it's super frustrating, but it'll pass. It could be any of those things, or a combination of them..I think Broden did the same thing when he was Cooper's age...There was nothing I could do but be patient and cuddle with him, even though I was REALLY frustrated/worried. I was certain there was something wrong with him, so i took him to the DR a few times, but they didn't find anything...I think it was just growing pains. He'll be alright..just be patient with him. I know whenever I am losing patience with Broden it always helps me to think about what really matters when I read blogs like the Sullenger's or this one: http://adailyscoop.blogspot.com/ It makes me not care about whatever I was frustrated about and just be thankful that my baby is here with me...even if that means being up all night with him. :)

Aleece said...

I'm not expert, but it just reminded my of the Purple Crying we learned about in Peds...

http://www.purplecrying.info/

Rudi said...

Yeah, I think babies just go through stages of being fussy at night. Lila's going through one of those stages right now, though I think a lot of it has to do with the cold that she has. Something that's worked for us is turning the vacuum on. It helps her calm down and she usually falls asleep. Yeah, whenever I've been frustrated lately, I just think of how grateful I am that I have my sweet, healthy baby, take a deep breath, and try to get through it just one day (or night) at a time! Hang in there!! You're not alone :)

Sara said...

You will find that just when you think you have a pattern down the baby goes and changes it on you. each one of our children went through the same phase as babies. It's awful when you are in the middle of it, but it quickly passes just hang in there, and don't be afraid to just put him in his bed and let him cry it out, it was horrible the first time with Ashleigh, but she only cried 10 min. and then she was fine and went to sleep, she just needed a gentle reminder that bed means sleeping time. I would try maybe cutting down the time on one of the naps too. Hope this helps a little, hang in there you'll get through it!

Amanda Petersen said...

Kelsey I feel your pain. Liam is like this EVERY night! It's so rough! I bet Cooper's just going through a little phase...I bet he'll be back to normal soon. I keep praying Liam will go through a BETTER sleeping phase but alas...he's the same old stinker he's always been. It's so hard when you feel like you've tried EVERYTHING and nothing works. I wish I had advice for you but I'm in the same boat. Good Luck! Let us know if you figure out what works!