Monday, April 7, 2008

To sleep or not to sleep

Currently the answer is "not" in our house.....

The night before her baptism Isa slept from 7-12 and then from 12 all the way to 5 a.m.!!! Never before had 5 a.m. seemed so wonderful. I was hopeful that starting solids would mean that she finally started sleeping in blocks longer than 3 hours. I was thrilled.

Alas, it wasn't to be. For the last several nights, she's been waking up every few hours and isn't able to soothe herself back to sleep. She'll wake up and cry. I'll go in and put her pacifier back in. That used to work but ooh, boy, last night....... From around 1 to 3 a.m., I think she woke up every 1/2 hour if not more often. Nothing could keep her asleep. She slept peacefully when I was holding her in my arms but that wasn't really a viable position for the entire night. Suddenly those 3 uninterrupted hours are starting to look pretty good!

I'm hoping the sleeping problems are the result of either (or both) of these things: teething and new developmental milestones. Her crying definitely sounds like "I'm in pain" more than just "Mom, I'm lonely" or "I'm hungry" the way it used to. She doesn't have a fever or any other symptoms, so I don't think she's sick- teething seems the logical explanation. I'm trying a variety of things for the teething and just praying that they hurry up and get through her gums!

As for the milestones, today Isa figured out how to roll from her back to her front! She was SOOOO proud of herself. Later in the afternoon, I had her on a blanket in the kitchen while I unpacked the groceries and when I looked back she'd rolled all the way down the length of the blanket. I guess I can't put her down on the floor and expect her to stay put anymore while I do little errands around the house! Darn... An immobile baby is much, much easier to deal with. And now I suppose I have to start Swiffering my floors on a more regular basis. :)

Isa showing off her new skill:

Further proof of her talent: here's my girl already practicing to be a prima ballerina. Mommy's so proud!


Kerri said...

Yay, Isa B!!! Way to go!
Kerri and Ruby

Anonymous said...

congrats on the rollerbaby.

and I feel your pain on the sleeping stuff - we are all about unpredictable sleep here, and lately I'm pretty sure it's because of teething. Teething sucks.

Try the homeopathic teething tablets (they have chamomile and other natural stuff in them) - they seem to take the edge off for Elsa...