Friday, 15 February 2013

A Goodnight's Sleep

    I spent about an hour and a half trying to get Alek to sleep last night. I fed him rocked him. M sang to him rocked him. We put him in bed and said goodnight and walked out. Nothing worked. He would fall asleep in our arms and the second we would put him into the bed he would wake up. We began to think about why this is happening and getting worse and worse each day and why he wakes so often all of a sudden.

     When he moved to the crib in our room he did great. Slept all night. Then right before he turned four months the sleep regression hit. Then we moved homes and he slept in the bassinet in our room until we could put his bed up in his own room. He slept not so great the first few days but all of a sudden I had a 9 hour stretch of sleep. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. This was a month and a half ago.

   The light at the end of the tunnel grew dimmer then flickered out. Maybe I had even imagined it? What happened? We moved him into his own room back into the crib. The stretches got a bit shorter. Then shorter. Then shorter. Well it can't get worse right? WRONG. They got even shorter. We were up every 15 minutes to an hour most of the time. Oh that's okay? Well he began falling asleep worse. Then later. Oh that isn't ...a so scary yet? Well he wasn't waking up later either still 7:30 or 8 on a good day. OHHH. Yeah that isn't great. Poor you. Well I worry more about lack of sleep and his development but I'm not going to pretend that I am some ideal mother who doesn't need sleep and everything is always sunshine and roses. I needed sleep too! I was exhausted and actually had been having a cry in the dawn hours.

     M and I discussed things and deduced that he may feel uncomfortable in his new room. The fact that there is a balcony door and some light might come in from the cars passing by and streetlights. Also maybe the room is slightly chillier, even though it really is not cold in there. One way or another he seemed to hate the room.

     We decided to do an experiment and see if we are making things up and he really has just become a bad sleeper or if there is something about the room that he doesn't like and is keeping him awake. We had no time to set the bassinet up again so we got his stroller bassinet up and put him to sleep in it and walked out of the room. WAIT...silence....still silent. Wow could he actually sleep better? NAHHHH.

     We go to bed. I wake up to crying. What time is it? 2 a.m. That's not too bad. I feed him and he falls asleep straight away. That's awesome. We sleep. Then again he awakes and it is 6:30 a.m!!! That's a 4 hour stretch and a four and a half hour stretch. We haven't had that long stretches in a while. I guess we will set up the bassinet for tonight. Guess the idea of Feng Shui is real. Maybe be doesn't like the set up of where his bed is or the brightness of the room or something else. Of course it could be that he wants to be in our room. If that is the reason then we will have to teach him to sleep in his own room but for now last night was a success but the work is not done. A battle is won, but the war is still on.

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