Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Another Night, another sleep battle
And so goes the continuing saga of sleeplessness in our house. I apologize if this post is a bit of a blur. Last night had all the signs of being promising for sleep. My daughter was sleeping in her crib by quarter to 8. It was around 9 that my husband heard her cries. She spent the next half hour or so wide awake with me before returning to her crib asleep. And I thought alright, I can deal with that. I went up around 11 to go to bed myself. About 5 minutes later she was up and awake. I spent the next hour dealing with her cries. I tried everything. All the basics. I fed her, changed her, rocked her, sang to her, gave her Tylenol...nothing. She would drift off occassionally for about 2 -5 minutes, but then would wake up with a piercing cry. Finally, took her downstairs to see if there was anything there I could offer her. Something inside me thought 'frozen waffle'. So that's what I gave her and it worked. She immediately stopped crying and started gnawing on the waffle instead. In minutes she transformed from Mrs. Cranky, no-sleep child to Happy Baby, complete with giggles and wanting to play. Well, what do you do in a situation like that. Clearly, she was having some sort of teething pain and the waffle was helping. I let her play and called my mom (she's in a different time zone than me so she makes a great person to call when I'm up late). About an hour later, my daughter started showing signs of fatigue and drifted off to sleep. I had planned well, making up the play pen downstairs for her and the futon into a bed for me, so that we wouldn't keep the rest of the family up. I'm proud to say that we both got some sleep (though not nearly enough). She woke up at 5 to nurse and slept until 7. I'm hoping she goes down well for her morning nap because I really need more sleep too.