We need sleep help!

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We need sleep help!
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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 10:28am

Here's the scoop. Ryan goes down easily between 6:45-8pm (BFing). He's up for the first time between 9-11pm. This was later for a while, but we've now added night terrors to the mix. He's screaming in his sleep,

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Mon, 12-06-2010 - 10:29am

Oh crap, I thought I was posting in the "I need Advice!" bucket. Waaah. I started crying when I dropped him off at day care. I can't do another night like last night :(

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 2:40pm
I'm sorry Kristen. I'm like the worst person to ask about sleep but I feel your pain. Supposedly napping well during the day is supposed to help sleep at night. I hope you find a solution! White noise??

 


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Tue, 12-07-2010 - 4:29pm

We are in a similar boat here.

Oct Siggy

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 4:57pm
Oh, Kristen! This sounds brutal!! You must be out-of-your-mind tired!
I really hope he outgrows this routine very soon! Did you ask the ped about it? Maybe he's teething? I didn't realize that night terrors start this early.
Hang in there!
Lauren Lilypie Fifth Birthday tickers
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Wed, 12-08-2010 - 2:17pm
Thanks for the commiseration :)

We had a GOOD night last night, first in weeks. I nursed him at 7:15. Put him in his crib awake (he was WIRED, but it was bedtime, so...) I left the room and turned the monitor off. Let him cry for 5 minutes. I went in and shushed him and stroked his head for 5 minutes. Left the room and he cried for 8 minutes and fell asleep. Slept for 4.5 hours, woke hungry (he hadn't eaten much before bed). I nursed him to sleep and put him down - he slept for 5.5 hours.

I hope it wasn't a fluke. When I took him to day care on Monday I asked them to do whatever they could to make sure he napped, so they put him in the crib room alone, cranked up the lullably music and shut the door. He cried for 20 minutes, but then slept for 2.5 hours, which is unheard of for him at day care.

It really seems like the times he goes to sleep on his own are a different quality of sleep than when I just get him into a milky trance.

Same routine tonight. If I don't feel like we've made much progress by early next week I'm going to contact a sleep consultant. A friend of mine used one via email (3 days - consecutive or not, your choice - of email consult for $65.

Wish us luck!
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Registered: 09-07-2005
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 2:54pm

That was baby #2 for me....she had reflux and did that pattern well after it was gone and into her 2nd YEAR of life and now she turning 3 and still wakes 3 times a night at least!

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 10:54pm
Yay! Good news! I hope he's turned a corner! KUP!
Lauren Lilypie Fifth Birthday tickers
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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 3:15pm

I am glad you got some relief we did to.

Oct Siggy

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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 10:20am

Good news! Last night marked the 7th in a row that Ryan successfully fell asleep independently. The first night he cried for about 15 minutes (with 2 shushing breaks). After that he would whimper for 5-10 minutes. Last night he cried for under 1 minute. He now gets up 1x/night to eat which is absolutely FINE with me. So, he sleeps for 4-6 hours, eats, sleeps for another 4-6 hours.

Thanks for the moral support. I'm so glad I finally gave him the chance to try and work it out himself; he passed with flying colors :)

Oh, and now that he's not overtired, the night terrors are much reduced.

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