A long, long time ago, in the land of No Children, I got sleep.
I got some good sleep in those days, weekend morning sleep, early night to bed sleep, and naptime sleep. It was a plethora of sleep.
Then MP arrived, and she curtailed that sleep. She would take her time getting to bed, coming out regularly to ask for such items as her pillow (actually a blanket), or to tell me her Monkey Fish was making a weird noise (her aquarium toy that was running out of batteries and actually groaning). And she would wake up early, bouncing into our room at the good hour of 6 to 7 ish, announcing that "IT'S WAKE UP TIME!!!!"
And so there was less sleep to be had.
And then the littlest one arrived, she of the pterodactyl scream and the wide grin. And she was bound and determined that No Sleep would happen in the house, or else.
She teased us. Sometimes, she would sleep long stretches at a time. Other times, she'd awake every hour. At four months, the pediatrician scoffed and told me I needed to let her cry a bit, put her in her own bed (she was still in a bassinet next to ours), wean her off the constant night feedings. I scoffed right back (I can scoff real good) and ignored him. She still slept in the bassinet. I still fed on demand.
And now we are at the almost-seven-month mark, and she is not sleeping through the night, my friends. On the contrary. Sometimes, she will gloriously surprise us with a six hour stint and no wakings, but last night....last night she awoke, I am NOT KIDDING, around eight or nine times. Every hour. She fed for a minute or two and then went back to sleep. I tried to pat her, whisper shush, to no avail.
Random wants her out of our room and into her crib, but I'm concerned about what that will mean for me--I will then have to listen to the monitor, get out of bed, trudge down the hall in a half sleep, feed her, put her back, etc. etc. Rinse and repeat. I can barely, sometimes, discern where she is in her bassinet to take her out, let alone to walk down the hallway at the hellish hour of 2. In my house, we wake up at 4:45 for work (YES THAT'S AM, PEOPLE) so sleep is a premium.
I don't want to stop breastfeeding--and feeding her more doesn't seem to work--we feed her "real" food at dinner and she goes down shortly thereafter. I, like Random, would like her to eventually move to her crib, but I'd like her to be sleeping more before that happens. She could be teething--she's got no teeth yet, but waking up that much (every hour) is a bit unusual, even for her--she averages maybe 2 times a night. STILL. The night waking is nuts. Last night she woke herself up because she farted loudly--it made her cry (and Random and I laugh--we couldn't stop. There's nothing like laughing when you are so sleep deprived you can't even distinguish between the dog in your bed and the baby in the bassinet--and yes I have tried to put the dog back in the bassinet, thinking he was Chloe).
Anyway: Help. I need your sleep stories. I need book recommendations--I have the "No Cry Sleep Solution," but I'm not sure that will work with her since she's so booby attached. I need your wise, sage assvice. How do I work this?
Oh, and I should mention that I just threw up in the middle of the day and Random is so convinced I am pregnant that he took off immediately to the store to purchase an HPT. I am scoffing at him, because I am SO not pregnant. While it is true that I haven't resumed my periods yet and have missed a day or two of minipills here and there, the idea is so preposterous. I will let you know. In the meantime, tell me your sleep stories!