August 19, 2010


I. Am. Exhausted. Manny has been having a really hard time this week. At first I thought it was because he wasn't feeling well, but he seems mostly better now and we're still having a rough time. Particularly at night. This week he has been waking up screaming between 2 and 2:30. Night before last I did a Dream Feed at 1 am (yes, I was up way too late - have so much to do though!) and he still woke up at 2:15. So last night I skipped the dream feed and he still woke up at 2:00. If I were to nurse him I know he'd go right back to sleep but he is too old to be eating that often, so we've just been trying to rock him back to sleep. He'll fall asleep in our arms, but as soon as we put him down he starts crying again. We repeated this cycle a few times, and finally decided to let him cry it out. Is he too young for this? He whimpered for awhile but eventually went to sleep. He never seemed to sleep soundly though and stirred a lot. When he started crying again at 4:30, I went ahead and fed him and he slept until about 5:45. This is just so not like him. I feel frustrated because he is typically so predictable, but I just can't figure out why he's not sleeping as well and I hate not being able to make him happy. If there is truly something I could be doing to fix this, I want to do it. But I know it's possible it's a phase and we just have to ride it out. This is the most he's ever been up at night so I just feel clueless on how to handle it...especially since we're supposed to be getting closer to sleeping through the night, not further from it. :) Any thoughts or pearls of wisdom to share?

On a completely unrelated note, has anyone ever checked a car seat while flying? If so, did you just cover it up with a trash bag or is there a better way to do it?

We are headed to his 3 month pictures and I have a hunch it might be a little challenging to get him to cooperate. :) Wish us luck!

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  1. My son will be 4 months on the the 24th and was doing something similar, our pediatrician told us it could be teeth? Best of luck to y'all! Hope he starts sleeping better. Functioning on no sleep is not fun!! Hang in there!!

  2. We jjust put it in a trash bag and actually the airline will also have a "trash bag" type thing I would gate check it though mainly because it goes thru less handling that way...

    I was gonna say a 4 month wakefulness in regards to Manny but since he isn't 4 months yet ... I have no idea LOL

    Our pediatrician always told me when I would ask why Faith wasn't sleeping she would always say " Because she's a baby!" Some sleep great from day 1 some don't ...Faith didn't start sleeping thru the night til she was 9 months old I thought that was bad until I met some ladies last night with 13 month olds not sleeping thru the night!

    So yeah that didn't help at all :)

    Hang in there though mama!

  3. We fly southwest and have checked car seats often. They usually put it in a clear plastic bag for you. I have no idea with other airlines, but just call and ask the airline in which you are flying!

    Sorry, not sure about the sleeping through the night thing! Good luck!

  4. Just remember that the feeding guidelines are in fact guidelines. He may be needing a little more food and he'll stop next week because his growth spurt is over. :D

  5. His eating habits may/may not have anything to do with age...or personality. I'm a nurse-on-demand mom and have 2 great sleepers and great-mannered boys. Just a thought, tho...


  6. Hi, I have been reading your blog for awhlie and i think commented a few times, but i wasnted to comment on this cuz im It is SO hard!! my little guy is a about6 days older then your son, has been a WONDERFUL sleeper since the day he canme home and the past week and a half has been doing the same thing. going from waking once a night to 3-4 times is SO rough.I originallt thought he was having a growth spurt, and that still may be the case. We are goign through some big milestone with him right now adn i think that may be a big cause of it all. we always swaddled him from day one, and he has been waking up totally out of his swaddle, so we decided to can the swaddle, he also has started rolling from back to belly, so last night he slept on his belly, this morning he was back on his back. Last night he did alot better, he was only up 2 times instead of 4, ill take it. I think its just a combination of alot of big milestones happening. Just try to stick with it, it is so rought but i hope that, as my little guy seems to be comming out of it, your little guy will come out of it soon as well. :)hang in there :)

  7. Maybe a growth spurt? Aedan went through a couple of different weeks where he would wake up in the middle of the night around 3 months. I think I tried to fight them at first and not feed him at night, but eventually I would give in and in a few days he was back to his normal sleep pattern.

  8. Oh, I so feel your pain right now! I am having the same problem with my son Lincoln, who is six months 2 weeks old. When he was born and up until about 3-4 weeks ago, he ALWAYS slept 6-8 hours a night and napped at least 5 hours a day. Now, all of a sudden, he is waking up at 1-2am when he's only been sleeping since 10pm! Then he waskes up again at 5am and he is only sleeping a half an hour at a time during the day and only goes down three times IF I am is SO frustrating! He eats ALOT so I know its not that. He has 4 tbsp of barley and a 4 oz jar of fruit in the morning and half a jar of fruit and veggies at lunch and a 6 oz bottle in between that about every 3 hours. The only thing I can think of is that he is going to solids now. He was teething for a while, but now all the teeth have gone from coming in and going back up, to nothing. I know this probably doesnt help, but at least you know youre not alone! Hang in there and good luck! :)

  9. well my little one is 6 months old and has decided a few times a week that she wants to wake up and eat in the middle of the night. I get so tired and frustrated bc i feel like she is too old and does not need to eat in the middle of the night anymore.

    wish I was more help but I don't think he is too young to cry it out.

    I am going to read some of the advice from other readers.

  10. I am so sorry! Alex's worst sleeping phase was 3-7 months. Not fun. Could it be he is on the cusp/just accomplished a milestone? Growth spurt? There could be so many things! Do you have a noise maker of any kind? Hang in there. It is so hard, but you are doing a great job!! Forget about what else you have to do and take a nap!


  11. BG went through a growth spurt at about 3 months, so maybe that's it? Could you up the amount of food during the day? Also, maybe he's waking himself up and just doesn't know how to soothe himself back to sleep.. Do you swaddle or anything? Does he take a paci? Sometimes when BG wakes up in the night, we just need to go in and pat her and give her a paci and she's back out. Good luck Mama....

  12. Teething? It's possible this early. Or maybe something different in your diet that's upsetting his tummy or giving him gas?

    Whatever it is, I'm sorry and I hope he outgrows it soon!

  13. I would guess a growth spurt too - my son who was born in March seems to go through this every once in a while and I just chalk it up to a growth spurt. Hopefully it gets better for you soon!

    Also - we fly a lot with the kids and have gate checked & regular checked the carseats. I actually bought 2 bags from Babies R Us for when we fly. One is a heavy duty one - kind of like a duffle bag material that fits a regular convertible carseat - among other things that I couldn't fit into my suitcase..haha. This last trip I took in the summer, I gate checked my sons infant car seat since I used his snap & go stroller up to the gate. I bought a thin nylon material bag with drawstrings on it - its bright red and says gate check on it so they can't misplace it! I felt a little better using something like that since it would prob stand up a bit better than a plastic garbage bag type bag. They were both $20 or under from what I recall. Just let me know if you have any questions and I'll be glad to show you the ones I got :)

  14. Sorry I didn't read all the comments so my advice might be repeat...has Manny started rice cereal? Mine started at 3 months and he might just be ready if he is hungry. Mine also started teething at 3 months...invest in teething tablets and baby oragel. And sometimes it's nothing...sometimes it's just a phase. My daughters sleeping patterns changed quite a bit and still do.


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