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MY BABY IS MEAN! SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7818 posts
1st May '13

Well.....I know he's not TRYING to be mean.



But he stayed Sunday night with his nana and papa. Monday night, he fought sleep SO bad, but slept pretty peacefully...aside from waking up ever so often.



Last night was brutal! He woke up at 10 so I fed him and changed and put him to bed directly after. I'm beginning to get insomnia from the up and down all night...So, I literally lay in bed for 2 or more hours every night...just trying to fall asleep. While I was laying there, I could see him in his bed....Every tiny creak the house made, he was stretching....turning....trying to flip over...trying so hard to wake himself up.



I think I got up at least 50 times last night to turn him on his side or to cover him up...or to move him back to the middle of his bed...Finally, at 2:40...I got up, changed him, fed him...and then the battle began. His eyes were rolling back into his head, but nothing was getting him to stay asleep. I tried swaddling and rocking him until my arms were falling asleep....then I put him in the swing.....then I got him back out and rocked....back in the swing. Finally, I just laid him in his bed and had myself a good cry. DH, who had to get up for work in 2 hours, got up and finally got him to sleep for me....but the kid was up again within an hour and a half.



I HATE that I get so frustrated with him because I know it's not his fault, but I feel pretty hopeless. I feel like I'll never be able to go to sleep and actually....sleep unless he's staying the night with someone.



He has to stay in our room because the apartment doesn't have central heat and air. The front rooms have a big hotel air conditioner...and then we bought a window unit for our room. So the nursery has no air. :/



We have a night light and the ac unit on, which....isn't very loud, but he's used to hearing a fan. I can't swaddle him because he's got the strength of a grown man and kicks his way out. The only thing that helps is giving him a warm bath with some lavender night time soap and lotion...But sometimes we get home late and he doesn't get the bath.



I need tips!

BαtMαɳ Secret Bat Cave, CA, United States 53489 posts
1st May '13

I'm confused. Was he crying or something? If he was just moving around a lot in his sleep, why not just leave him be?

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 21568 posts
status 1st May '13

Schedule, schedule!



He's maybe confused about the change of schedule. And maybe upset he didn't stay with you two Sunday night. And change of rooms.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7818 posts
1st May '13
Quoting BαtMαɳ:" I'm confused. Was he crying or something? If he was just moving around a lot in his sleep, why not just leave him be?"


It ends with crying. He moves and stretches and grunts and flails his arms until he wakes himself up...and then the wailing comes. I try to jump up and get him back to sleep so we don't get to that point of wailing.

BαtMαɳ Secret Bat Cave, CA, United States 53489 posts
1st May '13
Quoting Tiger Lily ♥:" It ends with crying. He moves and stretches and grunts and flails his arms until he wakes himself up...and ... [snip!] ... himself up...and then the wailing comes. I try to jump up and get him back to sleep so we don't get to that point of wailing."


Ahhh okay.
Well I agree with HFAM.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7818 posts
1st May '13
Quoting HopingforaMiracle:" Schedule, schedule! He's maybe confused about the change of schedule. And maybe upset he didn't stay with you two Sunday night. And change of rooms."


I try so hard to keep that schedule! Even when he goes to my parents, I ask that he goes to bed at the same time. He usually naps from 7-8:30 (after fighting it for an hour...) and then he wakes up before 9, has his bath, has his last bottle for the night, swings for a little bit...and sometimes, it works magically and he's out. He sleeps all through the night. But other times, it's like World War 3. :(



If I plan on staying up for a while, I'll let him sleep in his swing until 10 or 11...and then I'll change his diaper and feed him another ounce or two...Just to top him off, and that too works....sometimes.



I hope it's just a quick little phase that passes...

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
1st May '13

If he wasn't crying and awake why did you get him up? Just because he was moving around a lot? Indoubt he was "trying to wake himself up", he was probably trying to get comfortable like any other person would.



How old is he?

HopingforaMiracle 1 child; USA 21568 posts
status 1st May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Tiger Lily ♥:</b>" I try so hard to keep that schedule! Even when he goes to my parents, I ask that he goes to bed at ... [snip!] ... ounce or two...Just to top him off, and that too works....sometimes. I hope it's just a quick little phase that passes..."</blockquote>




Hopefully :(

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7818 posts
1st May '13
Quoting SavageDarling:" If he wasn't crying and awake why did you get him up? Just because he was moving around a lot? Indoubt ... [snip!] ... he was "trying to wake himself up", he was probably trying to get comfortable like any other person would. How old is he?"


You can doubt it all you want, but...I know my child. He's been fighting sleep for about two weeks now..maybe more. He wails, he flails his arms, etc...to stop himself from falling asleep.



If he were trying to get comfortable, he'd eventually fall back asleep...But he doesn't. I lay there and watch him. I've even tried to ignore it, hoping if I don't get up he'll just fall asleep. But it usually doesn't happen. He wiggles, and grunts, and rolls himself onto his ride and then tries to roll on his stomach...until he's awake and crying.



He's almost 5 months.