It would appear that I am currently right smack in the middle of the 6/7 month sleep regression.
Chichi had previously been really good at sleeping all night.
She didn’t sleep at the right times, but when she did sleep, she could sleep at solid 9 hours with perhaps 1-2 feeds in between. She didn’t fuss, and went right back to sleep as soon as I laid her down to bed (after a good couple sucks on the thumb, of course).
The trick was I had to stay up with her until 3am, then she would sleep 3am to noon. I was just starting to see some success in moving up her bed time to a more reasonable hour, when suddenly everything went …horribly, horribly wrong.
First, she started to get up more often at night to feed, but she would go straight back to sleep again. Then, she started to get up to feed, and NOT go straight back to bed. It took some coaxing, but eventually she would fall asleep again. After a few days of that, she started to get really, really cranky. She wouldn’t go back to sleep no matter what I try. She would easily become super grumpy, and she would arch her back and scream and cry for no apparent reason.
The only thing that seemed to help was to hold her close. She had lost all ability to self-sooth, refusing her thumb and instead just cry, cry, cry.
On top of the grumpiness, she’s also started to wake up every hour at night. Every.Hour.
She would cry for me, and I would have to put her to the breast and she would calm down (If I’m lucky).
At first I didn’t know what was going on. Is she hungry? Sick? Teeth? Ear infection?
Then I heard about this book called The Wonder Weeks, and suddenly, everything made sense. I downloaded the app, also called The Wonder Weeks, and it tells me exactly what is happening and why. It would appear that Chichi is currently in a “leap”. Her brain is working on something really, really important and it’s keeping her up at night.
Although it doesn’t provide any “treatments”, it does help me see what is going on.
Most important of all, this will end. I have to believe it will. Very, very soon. Both hubby and I are tired beyond belief. I have to say, this is more exhausting than the newborn phase.
This too, shall pass. (eventually)