Suggestion box: Open

You super cute baby, you. With those adorable cheeks and the power to make us coo and awe at even your poop noises. You are delightful.
Please sleep more.
Embrace the lullaby of sleep, let it cradle you in it’s dreamy nighttime embrace, full of comfort and slumber and ooey-gooey goodness. Drool, even. Dare to explore the many realms of your sleeping habits, but PLEASE just sleep. At night. For more than 3 hours.
Mama management.

4 thoughts on “Suggestion box: Open

  1. Hey sleep deprived Jodi!
    Not sure that I can offer any working advice however I can relate 100%! I’m not sure what magically happened to make Bella start to sleep better but I can say that she didn’t sleep for more than 2 hours at a stretch until she was almost 8 months old! It was just like clockwork- very tired exhausting clockwork- she would wake up at the 2 hour mark and I was past the point of being that “tired new mom”. I found that all the suggestions in the world wouldn’t help us. Not because we didn’t try… but because she had plans of her own. I have come to the conclusion that Bella was on her own schedule regardless of how hard I tried to help her be on a different one…. mine- the one that involved SLEEP. I can only offer words of encouragement. Hang in there. Its not easy and sure makes it hard to be so happy go lucky and function like a normal human being. But eventually we got there and you will too – hopefully is just won’t be months from now the way it was for us šŸ™‚

  2. It must be something with the second child because Zoe has yet to sleep through the night. Abbi was sleeping through the night (consistently) by three months. Zoe is now 5 months and still gets up in the middle of the night. I keep telling myself it is because of her teeth but I think I’m just delusional. So, if you figure anything out, please let me know so I can try it too….I’m becoming desperate!

  3. Ever read Becoming Babywise? Worked great for us! Mine was sleeping through the night at about 9 weeks. And I say sleeping through the night meaning about 6 hours. šŸ™‚ After 2 months of getting up every 2 hours – 6 hours was luxury!
    Hoping more sleep for you all!

  4. Ah yes – babies on their own schedules, minds of their own and books. I’ve tried them all. We read Becoming Babywise when Jessica was a baby and she was sleeping through the night consistently at 5 weeks of age. She was an easy scheduler – and I think that’s because she herself was on a schedule from the beginning and we just helped her figure that out. Oliver is a night and day difference from his sister and we’re still trying to figure out how to help him schedule himself. Although with #2 it’s just not as important, unless it comes to sleeping, in my book. I’m home so I don’t really think twice about feeding him if he’s hungry/whiny/acting like he wants to nurse – whereas with Jessica if it wasn’t near the scheduled time and she was fussy we generally tried, successfully, to calm her down with other avenues than my breast.
    So … some people might think that we’re creating our own monster but I like it, I love being able to parent Oliver differently than I parented Jessica because they are such different people, even in infancy.
    We are trying the pillow under one side of the crib, thinking maybe his acid reflux is waking him up, or a runny nose. We’ll see how it goes (thanks Liz for the suggestion!) – and some nights he sleeps in bed with us, which helps because he seems to be calmer when he’s near us – some nights he sleeps 6 hours in his crib without notice and then there are nights like last night that make me desperate for an evening of slumber …
    I’ll keep you posted – it’ll come, I know. He won’t be waking up in the middle of the night consistently when he’s 4 … it’s just getting there that’s hard.
    Thanks for your encouragement and suggestions! Keep them coming!

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