I do not know what is going on, but I am one frustratd mommy.
Here I was, so proud and over the moon that I’d been so successful at re-training Madeleine to go to bed in her own room, in her own bed. She’d been sleeping anywhere from 6-10 hours a night. WOOHOO! And then on some days, she’d wake up to eat and get her diaper changed and she’d go right back to sleep. Fantastic! I was a happy mommy. Ooooh sooooo happy.
It looks like I spoke too soon. I do not know what is different this week but she’s fussy beyond belief in the evenings (she’s relatively happy during the day and takes naps?), has gotten into a schedule where she is hungry literally ALL night from about 5-6 pm on, and then won’t stay asleep at night after being up all evening. What is going on?
We think she may have a touch of a cold. Alex and I have both been feeling not so fantastic and she’s been coughing a little bit. **Don’t worry! I’ve been taking her temperature and watching her like a hawk to make sure it’s not the type of sickness that requires a doctor’s visit** But we don’t know for sure.
I also think that we managed to greatly disrupt her fragile and new schedule on our trip to Olympia for Thanksgiving. Afterall, she’d only been sleeping through the night for a week when we threw her little schedule into chaos.
But whatever it is, I am so tired and sad that it’s so disrupted. And I’m incredibly frustrated that I can’t do anything in the evenings because she wants to eat for hours on end with only brief 5-20 minute breaks. If I hand her off to Alex, she screams. **sigh** This makes being a good housekeeper and wife rather difficult.
My schedule has been to take a shower as soon as I get up, usually around 7:30-8am and she’s still sleeping. Get as much done as I can while she is still asleep and then feed and change her. She will typically go down for another nap around 10-11 which is when I run errands (lately) or try to do some housework if I’m not exhausted from the night before. If I am, I will go to sleep too. Then baby M is back up anywhere from 12-2pm and she eats and naps off until 5ish when the hellish exhausting feedings begin. And of course, because I am staying home right now, about 6pm is usually when Alex asks me what I have planned for dinner. How the heck am I supposed to cook when she won’t let me stop feeding her? 😦
So I go all night and try to make dinner, Alex is pretty patient, but we’ve had some late meals in the last week and a half. Like, anywhere from9:30-10:45. How embarassing. Either that or he gives up and goes and gets us something from a quickie place like Subway, etc.
I just finally got the baby girl to bed (it was about 1:20 am when she finally went down) MUCH past her 10pm bedtime that I’ve been trying to scoot earlier in the evening.
HELP!!! I’m willing to hear any and all suggestions.