Thursday, November 8, 2012

Why don't babies have snooze buttons?

I asked myself this when Peanut woke up at 12:45 this morning.  And then again when she woke back up at 4:30. 

I've often bragged to my friends, family, neighbor, fellow mothers, and anyone else that would listen (or pretend to listen) that Peanut is an amazing sleeper.  As a matter of fact, my kid has slept through the night for many months now. We've always had random nights where she'll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to put herself back to sleep.  But for the most part, she's a sleeping machine. 

Until recently. Originally I suspected it was because she was teething.  A few months ago her sleep patterns were thrown all out of whack (as in wiggity whack) when she cut her first two teeth. But that only lasted for about 2 days.  Over the last two weeks it has been hit or miss whether she is going to sleep through the night, have a full on bitch fit when we put her in the crib, or wake up hours after going down. I swore up and down last week that her top teeth must be coming in. So I waited, and I checked, and I waited some more. But there was nothing. Nada. Zilch. Just a pile of gums. Again this week she's seemed to have more issues staying asleep. Sunday and Monday - home girl would not go to bed until after 10 pm unless we were holding her.  I love a good snuggle as much as the next Mama but that girl is a freaking heating blanket and no one likes to wake up with a huge sweat spot from their babies soaked head on their chest. Then she slept like that perfect little angel I tell everyone she is for two nights in a row. So I blamed it on Day Light Savings, saying it threw off her awesome sleep schedule. 

Then this morning rolled around.  She woke up at 12:45.  I looked at the monitor thinking "maybe if I pretend not to hear her she'll go back to sleep."  But when I turned on the video monitor she was standing up in her crib, waving her arms around, and hollering.  Okay, her hands were holding on to the rails but she might as well have been with the way she was crying.  So, I begrudgingly quickly went into her room to rescue her from whatever was causing her distress. I sat with her for about 20 seconds in her rocking chair and then had second thoughts.  This mama had to be up in the morning to go to work so kiddo was coming back to bed with me. And wouldn't you know it, two minutes later, after snuggling up into my side and using my arm as a pillow, the kid was out. And she stayed asleep. Until 4:30. And that's when she decided she had enough of this sleep thing and wanted to get up. So downstairs I went with a fully awake, completely thrilled with herself baby.  A baby btw, that even after I gave her a bottle and put her in her bouncy seat decided to make AS MUCH NOISE AS A JET PLANE just to ensure I stayed awake. 

The moral of this story? 

I don't have one.  But maybe when I get more than 5 hours of sleep I'll let you know. 

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