OH MY GOSH. What a rough week! It seems like everything we’ve “gained” in progress just got tossed out the window. Naps are off, time to fall asleep takes longer. Short wake-ups or rustling in the middle of the night…I think in hindsight I was able to piece together that this was the start of a Wonder Week. The craziness took a toll on me as again, I wasn’t able to control nor “fix” the situation. But I was proud of myself that I didn’t tap out until a full week of chaos had reached. haha. It didn’t help that this week was super stressful as we were finishing more renovations on our secondary suite for our friends to move. If I’m mentally tired, everything else feels 100x harder!
After those great few days of napping well and heading towards a 3-3.5 hour schedule, our dear Colette decided to spice things up a bit and wake up 30 minutes into her nap EVERY TIME! Her crying pattern is different too than before as she will wake up with crying, then settle and cry again. She’s also reverted back to taking 20-30 minutes to fall asleep and usually would cry it out too.
She’s also waking up at 4-5am usually whimpering a few days – 2 times I heard her have a poop and fall back to sleep. One time she started crying and I tried to help her fart but with no success and ended up giving her a short feed.
On the good side – she continues to sleep throughout the night (mostly), and because she would sometimes fall back asleep towards the end of her nap time, i was able to extend her hours to 3.5 hour cycles, and one day it just worked out to dropping her late night/dream feed. And then I went back to our regular schedule the next day, and then back to dropping the feed and now we are down to 5 cycles per day – and she’s doing great with that.
Though her sleep has been off, she surprisingly still greets me with a smile when I go in to get her up for the next feed. She squeals when I unwrap her, so there is some temporary stress relief 😉 So I’m not sure if she’s just happy because she’s hungry or she just wants to hang out.