Remember how I was just bragging to ya'll that our precious angel had slept through the night? Well, I spoke a little too soon. She has reverted back this week to the sleep schedule of a three week old and it's been a long and exhausting week!!! There are so many issues contributing to this problem that I don't know where our biggest issue lies. First, we moved her to the crib on Sunday. We were sad to do it but it was time. We had been putting it off for weeks as it was. We decided since she was sleeping so well lately. I imagine the transition to the crib is always hard but I didn't realize it would be this hard. She no longer has her 4 - 7 hour sleep stretches at night anymore, she is religiously waking up every three hours, if not less, to eat. Ugh! I don't know if it's because she is not comfortable sleeping her crib yet so she isn't having a sound sleep or what. Our second issue is just trying to get her to bed!!!! Just this week she has started to cluster feed and will literally eat from 8pm to 10pm and then she is ready to eat again at 11pm. She STILL has her fussy time around 10pm-12am, however, more recently it's been until 1am. She didn't even get to bed until 2am last night! Most Mom's I speak to say their baby's fussy time is around dinnertime, not our baby! We have the worst fussy time period ever because it makes it impossible to have any kind of a bedtime routine. We have tried the bath/feed/book/sleep routine starting at 9pm but it always gets sabotaged by the "witching hour" which is around the time we finish up the feed. Not to mention the new clusterfeeding schedule she has started this week has made it next to impossible to try any kind of a routine since she wants to eat from 8pm-10pm. After all of the late night craziness, she doesn't fall asleep now until around 1am. This very late bedtime segues into our third issue. Since she goes to bed so late, she sleeps way too much during the day, especially the morning. She will wake up at 7am to eat and barely makes it five minutes on the first side before she is completely passed out. I try to wake her and it's impossible. Why can't she be like this at night? You put her down and you walk on eggshells trying not to wake her. I try changing her diaper to wake her up a bit and then try feeding her on the other side. Five minutes later she is passed out again. So basically her morning feeding is pretty much a "snack". This causes other problems because I think it's sending "the girls" the wrong message and so I am afraid my milk supply is decreasing. I have started to pump now after her "snack" until hopefully this issue has resolved itself. We really need to turn her schedule around but just don't know where to start because of her fussy time. I pray it resolves itself soon or she may be going back to the pack n play just for my sanity just to resolve one of these issues!!! The third issue is that she is having a love/hate relationship with the swaddle at bedtime. We think she is almost done with it but there are times when she still wants it. We put her to bed with it, but she will start to kick herself out of it which wakes herself up. Then she is up and we have to give her the pacifier or start up her seahorse to calm her again. Every time I go to get her for a feeding, she is usually out of the swaddle by then. I really don't think she is a fan of the sleep sacks yet, we have tried to put her in one of those instead of the swaddle and I don't think she likes that her legs aren't free. I feel like horrible Mom for getting so mad and frustrated with her but you feel so helpless and tired. I am just at my wits end about it. Jeff has tried to help out as much as possible at night but the poor guy has to go to work in the morning. He actually stepped in last night and stayed up to try to get her to sleep. He also took her downstairs this morning so I could try to catch up on my rest. I am still exhausted, sometimes power naps do more harm than good and just leave you feeling groggy. That is where I am at right now, a very groggy Mommmy.
Here is a picture of my sweet girl since I hate posts with no pictures! How can I be mad at this face? She turns two months old tomorrow which is just so hard from me to believe!
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