Wow. I blinked and 2 weeks flew by without me posting a damn thing.
So, here's what's been going on in Brennan household...
Sleeping has been shitty.
Baby Jett has been a BAD BAD sleeper lately.
And when Jett's a bad sleeper we all suffer.
We were running into several different problems and they were all colliding making nighttime HELL and something I began to dread each and every day.
It all started with that awful night when I was by myself and he was little Screamy McScreamerson. Ever since then every night he became a fussy little monster sometime around 7:00-8:00pm and without fail we had 2 hours (sometimes longer!) of terror baby before he would finally settle down to sleep. This resulted in us and baby going to bed sometime between 9:00-midnight all together. Some nights when things were very bad he would end up sleeping ON one of us because after 2+ hours of a fussy baby you just do whatever works to get him to sleep.
We just accepted this as the way it was and tried to grin and bear it, hoping he would just grow out of it.
He WAS also at this point still giving me 3 hour stretches of sleep. Only waking up briefly to nurse in the sidelying position and then back to sleep.
Then that changed and now he's on a EVERY 2 HOURS ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT nursing regime. And the amazing sidelying position to nurse at night is no longer working as he ends up spitting up on me so that we both have to get up and get changed or he starts screaming half an hour after eating because he needs to burp.
And then shitty nights turned into shitty days as the only way I could get the baby to sleep and stay asleep was to sleep ON ME. So not only was I getting no longer than 2 hour stretches of sleep at night but now all day long I had a baby chained to me and I felt like I couldn't get anything done. I spent all day getting baby to sleep, trying to put baby down, baby wakes up screaming and repeat over and over again. I WAS EXHAUSTED.
Something had to change.
After talking with my midwife about all of this we've decided on a few things.
The first thing we did is bedtime moved to 7pm. No more waiting for him to wake up from his afternoon napping and then dealing with his meltdown for two hours. If we can get him to bed BEFORE he melts down and becomes terror baby he sleeps through his witching hour. If that means his afternoon nap immediately becomes bedtime, THAT'S GREAT. Apparently Baby Jett was just overtired in the evening as this seems to work wonders with no more fussy baby in the evening.
We also are coming to the conclusion that Baby Jett may have a bit of reflux. He cries when he burps or spits up like it hurts...and he spits up a lot. And he despises being put down to sleep on his back. So at the suggestion of my midwife I did something very taboo.
I PUT BABY TO SLEEP ON HIS BELLY.
And it was like magic.
I CAN NOW GET BABY TO SLEEP ANYWHERE.
Do you know what this means?!
This means I can do laundry. This means I can cook dinner. This means I can EAT. This means I can take more than 2 seconds to get dressed in the morning. IT MEANS I CAN BLOG AGAIN.
After making this wonderful discovery yesterday I discovered something else too.
Basically ALL PARENTS END UP DOING THIS AT SOME POINT. And no one talks about it because you're not "supposed to" do it.
Well I'm here to tell you that ESPECIALLY if you have a reflux baby putting them to sleep on their belly works wonders and I wish someone would have let me in on this dirty little secret weeks ago!
As to the nighttime...we're still struggling...and no one has any brilliant suggestions for me that I haven't tried. Some nights he'll give me 3 hour stretches, other nights, like last night, he'll give me one 2 hour stretch and then up every hour after that.
I can only hope that Baby Jett grows out of this soon because otherwise come 4 months or 14 pounds Baby Jett is going to end up in his nursery...and there might be lots of crying involved...both his and mine. But I can't keep on like this.
Everyone cross your fingers that we start making some progress in the nighttime sleep department and that it improves just like the daytime sleeping.
Is there some other dirty little nighttime secret that no one is sharing with me because it's something else we're not "supposed to" do just like the belly sleeping?