I've decided to change the name of my blog to Bungalow Bee for privacy reasons.
The new url is http://bungalowbee.blogspot.com. I will make the change on Wednesday, so if links on your page are pointing to the old blog, please change it after Wednesday. Sorry this is such a hassle. If you know a less crazy way to do this, PLEASE let me know. It says that 34 people are still following me so I assume that it will correct itself on your blog if you didn't enter it manually.
The good news is that the swaddle is history. The bad news is that Amelia is still waking up every 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
Friday night was rough. The baby woke us up every 2 hours (!!!) wanting to eat. David and I were both really frustrated and extremely exhausted, but more importantly how could this baby be functioning on so little sleep? For the last week or so Amelia has become much more mobile. She can very easily and fluidly roll from tummy to back and from back to tummy, although she isn't rolling around the room yet. So, now she always winds up on her tummy or on her side for naps and seems to be sleeping longer. If she can find a comfortable position during naptime and it's not on her back, then it probably doesn't make sense to swaddle her and stick her on her back anymore. So, Saturday night we put her to bed swaddleless. I'll spare you all the details, but she was awake again soon after and I called my mom and sister, Carrie, asking for advice.
They suggested filling Amelia up then just laying her in her crib and letting her fall asleep on her own. I don't want any hate comments about "crying it out". As a matter of fact, if you take issue with "crying it out" (otherwise known as the Ferber Method), you might want to read this article.
Anyway, so we stuffed her full of rice cereal which she ate happily, made sure she had a clean diaper, put Baby Orajel on her bottom gums where she's getting a couple of teeth, and suctioned her stuffy nose. Then we put her to bed. And she cried. So after 5 minutes I went in, patted her bottom, gave her back the paci, and left. Ten minutes later it was David's turn. He apparently hadn't read the method. He stayed in there and rubbed her back until she fell asleep. I really didn't care, I just appreciated that she was finally asleep at 11:30! She didn't wake up until 5:30 at which point I fed her and put her back in bed. Unfortunately she woke up again at 7 and I made the decision to keep her home from church because of how stuffy she has been and because it started to seem more like a cold coming on rather than teething issues. She was back in bed by 7:30 and she slept until 11am.
So, Saturday night wasn't too bad at all. But then there was Sunday night.
The child would not go to sleep. We tried to let her cry. After 30 minutes the whining/fussing turned into a full blown wail. We decided she must be hungry so she got fed again. Oops - she stopped crying right when we picked her up and didn't end up eating too much. Amelia - 1, Mom & Dad - 0
She's fed, she's changed, her nose is suctioned and she has Baby Rub on her chest since the crying made her nose even more stuffy. We laid her back down...more crying. An hour goes by and we're still going in and checking on her and rubbing her back for a second and leaving. Only it isn't really working. She turns on her back when we walk in and cries harder when she realizes we aren't going to pick her up. We finally decide to give in and David brings her to me so I can try rocking her. She isn't interested and instead arches her back to look at her dad and "talk" to him. I laid her next to me on our bed thinking maybe eventually she'd calm down and start to look even a little sleepy. She smiles, coos, laughs, grabs my face, and rolls around. Amelia - 2, Mom & Dad - 0
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