Tuesday, August 17
Sleep Help Needed!
We need sleep help here!
When Colby came home from the hospital at 3.5 months, he was sleeping pretty well. He'd wake 2 times and I would feed him 2 times. Slowly he started waking less and I'd feed him once until there was a long stretch where he would sleep 8pm to 6am. It was perfect because it coincided with me going back to school.
But now... now he wakes up ALL the time and he's STILL hungry.
He goes down at 8pm and then he ALWAYS wakes up at 11pm hungry. I've tried just soothing him or tricking him with water, but no dice. He always scarfs down at least 4oz, sometimes more.
Then begins the series of wake ups. Sometimes hungry, sometimes not. Usually around 1am, 3am, 5am, and then 6:30am.
Usually around 5am he ends up in our bed out of exhaustion and desperation. Since he falls asleep in my arms the transfer to his crib (which is at its lowest setting) often startles him. Sometimes we can make the transfer okay, but more often than not, by the 4th wake up call I'm clumsy and it doesn't work so well. I usually try the transfer 3 or 4 times before giving up.
I've tried feeding him more before bed and during the day to offset his night feedings because they're a little ridiculous at over a year old. But that hasn't worked.
I totally changed up his bedtime routine to expand it so that he would have more time to get sleepy and comfy. I swear that has only made him wake more.
I don't know what to do! I don't want to do cry-it-out, but I want him to get a good night of sleep and I need it too, especially with school back on the horizon.
I do still rock him to sleep which I realize is a total crutch and my undoing at 1am, 3am, etc... I've slowly gotten off of giving him a bottle to fall asleep because I wanted to be able to brush his teeth before putting him down. Sometimes he gets a bottle of water to fall asleep because the sucking definitely soothes him and he doesn't like a pacifier.
I know he might be teething, but I feel like this has gone on way too long to be teething. (He hasn't slept a stretch of more than 4-5 hours in almost 3 months) He's otherwise healthy and sickness free. He's an okay napper (we're working on that).
So what do I do?