|I want this happy boy back at bedtime!|
Since Sunday though (today is Wednesday, I think)...things have gotten worse and worse! Last night it reached the point where I now know I need to seek help in getting him comfortable enough to sleep at night! Last night, Gabriel spent the entire night screaming bloody murder! Garrick spent the whole night trying to comfort him because Gabriel wanted nothing to do with me and screamed louder if I tried to help/comfort him. Of course, he also needed to eat throughout the night... Since he gets his"bedtime bottle/boob" between 9:30 and 10pm, I got up to warm up a bottle of breast milk at 1am, two-ish hours into our sleepless night. By the time it was warm, about 5 minutes, he was asleep! We debated whether we should wake him up, in the end we did because I had to pump because I was so full. I (foolishly) thought he would go to sleep again once he was fed. After a diaper change, he was happy...until Garrick brought him into our bedroom! As soon as he crossed the threshold into the room, Gabriel started screaming again! This makes me think it is something in the room that is causing the issue, but what it is, I have no idea. The middle of the night feedings take 30 to 45 minutes, so by 1:45am, we were back at the screaming...Garrick was cuddling Gabriel and let me get a little sleep while he tried to get Gabriel to sleep. At 5:30am, it was time for another bottle (usually around 6am he is getting up for a boob, but I was the walking dead this morning), another diaper change and back in bed while I showered. By 6am, he was finally asleep!
How do I get him to sleep at night and not keep one or both of us up all night? It's currently ten minutes to 9am, he's been asleep for 3 hours, and I don't have the heart to wake him up...he literally did not sleep all night! I have "pre-pumped" the side he won't be nursing from when he gets up and am tempted to now pump the other side and just let him sleep until he wakes up on his own. But, I know that isn't the greatest idea either...I'll give him another hour to wake up on his own...four and a half hours in one stretch is long enough without eating, I get nervous about any longer than that still. He is only 7.5 weeks old after all!
Things I want to try...
- heating pad to warm up the Pack n' Play before putting him in it (taking it out before putting baby in, of course)
- heating pad in crib (he's never slept in it, maybe he needs a room change? Need to also get the baby monitor up and working...)
- get over my fear of letting him sleep on his tummy...he can lift/move his head, but he sometimes wants to sleep with his face smooshed completely into the mattress, this terrifies me!
|New ornament for the tree this year!|