Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oh What a Night

Oh what a night it was.... but not in a good way.

We have been SO fortunate with Chloe. She started sleeping for 6 hours at a time around 4 weeks. She was sleeping through the night by the time she was 6 weeks.
There hadn't been one single night when we had to get up with her.....

Until last night.

She ate at 8:00 and I laid her in her crib around 8:30. Keith had to go back in and rock her around 8:45 and then again just after 9:00. All was good until 12:45, when she woke up crying. Keith got up with her, laid her back down around 1:00. She was crying again, so I got up. I ended up nursing her and laid her back down around
1:30. Chloe woke us up again, crying, at 4:00.

I don't know what was wrong. It could have just been an "off" night. It sure made me grateful for all of the good nights we have had, especially so early on.

I wasn't sure if I should have nursed her at 1:00. What do you think? I know that she can go all night without a feeding. She has been for quite some time now. I will admit that I nursed her more for the comforting aspect than for hunger signs. Would you have nursed or tried to comfort in other ways?

Oh, I should probably tell you that she only ate 5 times yesterday, instead of her normal 6. That was another reason I decided to nurse in the middle of the night.

So, today will be a long day. We are all tired. Well, except for Chloe, who seems to be wide awake. I hope that we don't have a repeat tonight.


SSU said...

There is a chance she might have been hungry - and when nothing else worked, it was probably a good thing to try. My 9 month old is not a sleeper. I end up nursing her quite a bit at night because she does truly seem hungry. She might have just needed the mommy time as well if it had been a busy day and was off schedule.

Louise said...

Oh girl those nights are no fun!!
Try to get a nap or two today!

Sarah said...

Alison has finally been sleeping through the night but last night she woke a couple of times. One of those times I decided to nurse her, knowing that she didn't need to eat but for the comfort for both of us.

Some may tell you that's wrong but I don't really think so. Sometimes you both just need to be comforted and nursing is one of the best ways to do that.

There are times Ali has woke up that I'll just go in and rub her back and stick her pacifer(ugh) back in and she falls back to sleep. But I say, if ya wanna nurse, nurse.

If she makes a habit out of last night, she's totally trying to control the situation and you'll have to train her as to who is in control! :)

Sorry for totally taking over the comments section, I think I just need your email!

Alexis Jacobs said...

((hugs)) Hope you can get some rest tonight.

R.A.M. head on! said...

hopefully it was just an off night. Ryan has always been a good sleeper and from time to time we still have those off nights.

It might have been gas too. That happens alot at that age. Gas drops we are favorite friend at times like that!

Lilypad Mom said...

I'm sorry,I know how tough the sleepless nights are. I definitely would have nursed her in that situation, she may have been hungry because she ate less than normal during the day or she may be going through a growth spurt and will need to eat more often again until it is over. I hope tonight is a better night for you!

Greta said...

I think you did the right thing! It sometimes gets to the point where Mom and Dad just need to get some sleep.

Nursing her one night (after she's been sleeping through) won't ruin all the work y'all have done :).
I hope tonight is better!