Lala has decided that she doesn't want to sleep for the second day in a row. I'm really starting to feel the effects of not getting any sleep.
Not that she was a great sleeper in the first place. Most sleep advice out there is aimed at parents of newborns or involves the cry it out method. I just can't do that right now. Part of it is that it hurts me too bad. I can't stand to listen to her cry and not do anything about it. I have trouble thinking of soothing my baby as indulgent. I have trouble with the thought that even though she's shaking and blotchy and red from crying that she didn't need me in the first place. But an even bigger obstacle to cry it out is that she lives in our room. Her crib is at the foot of our bed. How cruel would it be to be within her sight and not respond to her? How much sleep would we get if she was crying away in the same room? No thanks.
She hasn't been a terrible sleeper in the past couple of months. She got into a good pattern where she only woke up a handful of time throughout the night to nurse (and usually I'm the only one that she woke and not for long) and would sleep, consistently, until about nine-thirty or ten.
But about a week ago that all fell apart.
A lot of parenting advice warned me that this shift in sleep was coming-but it wasn't supposed to be for another month or so. She does things on her own schedule. She's cutting teeth, which is uncomfortable and makes her feel icky, causing her to wake screaming bloody murder in the wee hours of the morning. But otherwise, it just seems that there's been a shift in her sleep. She stays up later (which is ridiculous because in my opinion she already stayed up way too late. A part of me is grateful since I'm stuck working nights at Big Box; it's nice to be able to see her and snuggle her.) and she gets up earlier. But she's not in any sort of pattern yet.
I sort of wish I could stick to a schedule with her. She needs her rest and I definitely need my rest. But with Big Box randomness it is currently sort of impossible.
It's probably not helping that I've been feeling an adrenaline rush since I started this graduate school process. The crazies have set in, filling up my notebook with list after list of things I need to do, plan, get, etc.
What I wouldn't give for a decent night of sleep.