Friday, October 17, 2008

Insomnia

If anyone is up at this hour please pray that God would have a bit of mercy on us. Annerson has broken her alert period record...she's been awake since 5pm today with no naps.  It is now 1am.  We have tried everything. Food, rocking, singing, letting her cry, gas drops, white noise...what are we doing wrong??????

8 comments:

Jennifer-Colley said...

praying for you girl! i totally understand! Camren fussed almost all night long and would only quit crying if he was in bed right next to our chest. We tried everything too!

The McDons said...

Hope she went to sleep eventually! Keep it up, you're doing a great job!

Candace said...

You aren't doing anything wrong...she's a baby! Sometimes when they are doing something new they sleep less. Lots to figure out in this new big world! Hope you all got some rest! XXX!

Ashley Weis said...

I just found your blog somehow... but I can definitely relate.

My first baby (who is now 19 months) was so easy. At 7 weeks she went to sleep at 8pm, woke up at 1am to eat, then slept again until 6am, woke up to eat, and slept until 11am.

WOW! I loved it.

My second, who is now 2.5 months, is not like that. He's a great baby, but he wakes up at night and pretty much wants to get up at 5am.

The best tricks I've found are... 1.) Don't even try a routine at this point, wait until about 4 months. 2.) Make sure the baby eats a lot during each feeding and doesn't fall asleep while eating, then keep her upright for a while before sleeping again. 3.) Co-sleep and hold the baby a lot during the day (try a Sleepy Wrap (love it) from www.sleepywrap.com) 4.) Breathe, pray, and thank God every second of insomnia!

:o)

People definitely don't lie when they say every baby is different, but with my two, as different as they are, I've found that being held a lot, keeping 'em upright after eating, and not trying to force them to stay awake or start a schedule has worked best.

Anyway! Take a deep breath and remember that when you're awake trying to get a fussy baby to bed, somewhere, some mom is doing the same thing. Pray for me and I'll pray for you! :o)

Mandy said...

I just wanted to offer some encouragement. It will get better! George and I thought Brandon was close to having colic at one point because he was hardly sleeping and always fussy but it only lasted a few weeks, now he sleeps all the time! I'm not sure if it was anything we did or if he just grew out of that stage. Somethings we did:
~a good swaddle (we leave his arms out)
~pacifier
~bouncing on an exercise ball holding him (I think it helps his gas bubbles)
~swing on a higher speed (when he is sleepy but fussy and won't nap)
~making sure he is getting his naps during the day and not overwhelmed at night
~I did cut dairy out of my diet for several weeks and it seemed to help but now I am eating it again and he is fine
~go for a walk with the stroller
~give the bath in the evening as part of the night time routine (it seems like Brandon always gets sleepy/a little fussy after bath and then he goes to sleep soon after)
~oh and sometimes if they haven't pooped in a while it will keep them restless at night. I usually never have to get up with him at night anymore but last night I got up several times and then this morning he had a huge blow-out diaper. And he has slept most of the morning now! :0)

Laura said...

I know this might freak you out, but try laying down with her in your bed, snuggling in, nursing her while you lay on your side and take a nap. You are not doing anything wrong. Trust yourself, your instincts, God is in control. TRUST yourself Leah. You are a wonderful mother. Lex is a fabulous daddy. She also may be going through a growth spurt. They sometimes happen every few days...relax and let some of that hind milk, the fatty, yummy kind lull her to sleep. Worked wonders with David. He started gaining weight like a CHAMP when I laid down with him every day after taking Alexandra to school. We sometimes napped for 2-3 hours together. I'll never forget that time with him. It was wonderful. By the way, NOBODY expects you to do anything else but love and nuture Annerson. I am sure that you already know this but the hind milk only lets down after the fore milk, meaning she has to nurse for awhile sometimes before it satifies her. It is also relaxing for you.

Laura said...

Oh, by the way, Alexandra was a little cap napper. She NEVER, I am serious, NEVER took long naps. I was shocked that she could recharge in 15-20 minutes. I was always in awe of the babies that would sleep for 2-3 hours every day while mom had some time to do other things. Never happened with her. David did, but not Alexandra.

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