Ella (and other BTDT)

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Ella (and other BTDT)
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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:31pm

Ella, I'm asking this to you because I remember you saying something about Eliza's "constant nursing" at nights, and maybe you have some advice... If anyone else has, please feel free to give your opinion!

We are still having trouble at night. Here is the situation:
When we go to sleep we put Fede in a twin bed next to our bed (that's our solution to the lack of space in our double bed). I nurse him laying next to him and he falls asleep easily most nights.... BUT after a 2 or maybe 3 hour stretch, he wakes up "kind of crying". If I offer him the breast he falls asleep quite fast, if I don't he fully wakes up with full blown cries. The annoying thing is that this goes on cyclically all night, with shorter and shorter periods of sleep, so I may be waking up about 8 times a night!!!!
Most of times, instead of me going to "his bed" during this night snacks, I bring him to ours (I don't even remember doing it), so the whole point of getting him out of the bed is ruined. So lately DH is sleeping in the twin from the beginning, which I hate, because I feel like the baby kicked my husband out of the bed!!
Oh, also, he started to wake up in the wee hours of the morning totally happy and wanting to play, so you have a cheerful baby kicking back the covers and making all kind of funny sounds and screams... cute, but not at 4 am!!!!!
We talked to the pediatrician about this, and he advised us to cut back some of the short naps he did during the day, because that way he was learning to sleep for short periods instead of long chunks of time. We did that, leaving just one longer nap in the middle of the day, and he stopped waking up at 5 am to play, but he still wakes up for "snacks".

So at this point we realize that there is some (or a lot) of things we are doing wrong, but we are kind of clueless about the solution.. Any thoughts??????

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 9:32pm
Aww, sweet post Sarah, I always enjoy reading about what you guys do in terms of sleep. You calm my insecurities about Eliza's sleep habits (about which I honestly feel 100% fine, but other people often make me second-guess).



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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 10:15am
Sarah, what you wrote was beautiful! I'm sorry it took me so long to acknowledge you post!
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