Wyatt is 7 weeks old today!
Do you know what most 7 week olds do? Sleep at least one five hour stretch per night. Sadly, we are not even close to that. Here's what last night looked like:
- 8:15 pm. Bedtime routine started: bath, and then baby massage, feed, and burp in his dark room with Sleep Sheep playing in the background. Asleep by 9:00 pm.
- 9:30 pm. Awake and screaming. Takes paci in crib but can't keep it in his mouth. Daddy picks him up after 10 minutes and rocks him with paci. After 30 minutes, he still won't sleep. Daddy gives him a bottle and 10 minutes later, he passes out at 10:20.
- 10:45 pm. Awake and screaming. Change a wet diaper. I lay down with him in bed and he passes out next to me. I put him into his crib at 11:15 pm.
- 11:45 pm. Awake and screaming. Change a wet and dirty diaper. Nurse him, burp him, and try to put him in the crib at 12:15 but his eyes pop open. Lay down with him and he falls asleep. Back in the crib at 12:30 am.
- 1:25 am: Awake and screaming. Try to give him paci, but he won't take it. He takes my finger instead. I bring him into my bed, he flails for a long time, but finally falls asleep at 2:35 am. I put him back in his crib.
- 3:10 am: Awake and screaming. Change a wet diaper. Nurse him for a few minutes, but he's not really interested. Lay with him only to see big, blue eyes staring back at me. He's not fussing, just flailing. I go downstairs to my room (I've been sleeping with him in the nursery), and allow him to sleep on my husband's stomach. He flails too much, so after a half hour we put him in between us and try to go to sleep.
- 4:58 am. Awake and screaming. I take him back upstairs, change a wet diaper, nurse, and burp him. I don't even try to put him in his crib and allow him to sleep with me. We both drift off.
- 6:10 am. Awake and just fussy. I give him my finger to suck on and he falls back to sleep.
- 7:22 am. Awake, happy, and ready to start the day. I wish I could say the same for myself!
Our longest stretch of sleep was just over one hour last night. This has been typical the past week. Before that, we used to get one 2-3 hour stretch at the beginning of each night. We didn't change anything, so I don't know where we're going wrong. We used to think it was gas that wakes him up, but I think he's been less gassy this past week.
His naptimes are anything but consistent no matter how hard I try. Yesterday, he napped for one 40 minute session, one 2 hour session, and one 1 hour session. But some days, he won't nap more than one hour total.
- Wyatt has reflux and hates sleeping on his back. He doesn't sleep any better when elevated- in a swing or car seat- and he doesn't sleep well on his stomach if he's flat. He only sleeps well on his stomach if he's being held upright.
- We can't let him cry it out. Crying just causes more gas and makes his reflux worse. On a similar note, I'll let him fuss at night, but once he starts really crying, I need to respond to him.
- We've let him sleep in his crib, pack n' play, boppy, elevated snuggle nest, and swing. Nothing works.
- He usually naps on us or in his car seat, though if he's really out, he'll sleep in his crib or pack n' play. I realize allowing him to nap on us is likely not helping our situation, but I'd rather him nap this way than not at all. Getting him to nap- and stay down- is just as challenging as getting him to sleep during the night.
- His first 2.5 weeks of life, all he did was sleep. I had to wake him every 2-3 hours to feed him though. My how babies change…
- He hates being swaddled, but we've been swaddling for the past month because he flails so much that he hits himself in the face. We just swaddle with a receiving blanket. Last night he was unswaddled and just in a sleep sack, and he didn't sleep better or worse. I heard the Halo sack works wonders, so I've ordered it.
- When he wakes up, I don't talk to him and try to avoid eye contact. I just "shhhh" him and put the Sleep Sheep back on. I also don't turn on the lights, except for the nightlight that always stays on.
- We've tried gripe water 4 times, but he's thrown it up 3 of those 4 times so we're not using it anymore.
- We keep the temperature in the house at 72 degrees. He doesn't feel too hot or too cold to me.
- I don't think he's over- or under-stimulated. I only put the TV on at night, if ever. I usually have music on or sing to him, and we play on his playmat or I talk to him while he's in his boppy. We also take walks each day and run errands.
I can't believe how long, detailed, and boring this post is, but I really need help. The sleep deprivation is seriously taking it's toll on me, and I'm not sure how much longer I can keep this up. I can't imagine it's good for Wyatt's health either. I'm praying one of you has the magic answer! Thank you so, so much.