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Thursday, October 20, 2011

I hate your guts, growth spurts.

My last post said, "Happy baby" and she really truly usually is...but we've hit the 4 month sleep regression/wakeful period/growth spurt/whatever the hell you want to call this bullhonkey.  She's always been a very, very happy, content, easygoing baby. Always being the last three months of her life, of course. The ONLY three months of her life.  For the last month at least, she went to bed, woke up at around 4 to eat, and then went back to sleep for another four or five hours.  We were SO LUCKY.  I never should have asked the universe for a baby that sleeps through the night, because it decided to kick us in the balls and throw this phase at us.

Now, instead of waking once, she wakes six times. Maybe more, maybe less. In my sleep deprived fog I've lost count. But this morning, for example, she woke up at 12:30, 4, 5:30, 6, 7, 8...and she never really went back to a deep sleep after the 6am waking...just went longer between fussing. And rocking, white noise, swaddling (or unswaddling), or sticking the pacifier in her mouth doesn't help. The girl wants BOOB. And nothing but boob. Pretty much at 6am I got her out of her sleeper and put her on and just let her suck as needed for the next three hours (which was almost constantly).  So I've been getting very, very little sleep on top of working full time right now. I am a literal zombie, dead on my feet. (Literal except for the whole actually being a zombie part.)

And since she's not getting great sleep at night, she's not her normal happy self during the day - a little quicker to fuss, a little slower with the giggles.  I tried putting her down earlier, but that didn't help. I know this is just a phase and it will pass, but this is one phase I hope passes SOON.

She's lucky she's so damn cute.

P.S. This AM she "only" woke up at 12:30, 3:30, and 6:30, so maybe we've turned the corner please god in heaven.


  1. How on earth do you do it, working and waking up so many times? It is weird, Emma is also fussy now, and waking up every 1-2 hours, also wanting boob of course, what else, and I figured out that she has reflux, so now I am giving her something for it and hoping for better sleep tonight. It is usually something that bothers them, but who knows what, eh?

  2. seriously.one.cute.baby!!

    As a mom of 3 (2 here, 1 in heaven), this will totally pass, and I would actually put it down to teething rather than a growth spurt. I have always find that the sleeplessness they go through here is a pre-cursor to teeth...

    Take many pictures of her toothless grins :)

  3. I cannot get over how much like you she looks! I didn't see it before, but now it's like looking at a baby version of my dear friend. Such a weird thing!

  4. Hi Lara! My name is Melinda. I came across your blog tonight after seeing it on a friends. I am so thankful that I did! I literally have goosebumps! I too, have an screwed up cervix! I had to have an emergency cerclage at 19 weeks. By the grace of God I made it to 35 wks and after a NICU stay have a beautiful one year old boy! My dream was to be a mom and maybe I am being selfish, but I desperately want more children, but don't want the fear of "what if's". I have been doing research into what may be available if I do get pregnant again and would love to hear more about your story, if you are willing to share. My email is mrtafoya1@yahoo.com I really hope to hear from you!
    P.S. Your little one is adorable!

  5. I am so happy to have found your blog too. Your story is inspiring. Besides being a very cute baby, it seems my LO seems to follow every little thing your LO does. So, I too, am working full time and this last week have been up every 1-2 hours at night. Ugh. I haven't even had time to update my own blog (babybabycinti.blogspot.com) about it because right now I am nursing and typing one handed and that just seems like a daunting task. Maybe when it's over? If it ever ends.