September 2, 2010
Our Rachel used to be a little sleepy angel. I could count on her to go to bed at 6pm (even when awake) and stay asleep until her 4am feeding and back to bed until 7am. Night time was wonderful and peaceful. I would put her in her PJ's and feed her formula and we'd rock together. Then I'd just hold her and rock her before putting her down for the night. It was the best time of my day. We don't have that snuggle time during the day anymore so this was the last little snuggle Rachel I had left.
Well, somewhere between the double ear infections, horrible antibiotics and the tooth coming in something switched. I loath night. I am stressed about it every day. I can still rock my baby to sleep but after I put her down, that is another matter. She will sleep anywhere from 4 to 6 hours and then starting moaning and yelling. It's not really a cry but it can go on for hours until it becomes one. We've tried rocking her. We've tried the musical seahorse. We've tried ignoring her. But nothing puts her back to sleep except a feeding. Nothing. Even then, she wakes up 3 hours later doing the exact same thing. We thought maybe she was hungry because she wasn't getting enough during the day but we stuffed her full of formula and solids during the day to no avail. We got the same results.
So we only have two options left: her reflux is still an issue or she picked up some bad sleep habits. To fight the reflux, she's started taking Mylanta and probiotics. I've also upped her dose of Prevacid up to the full amount again. To fight bad sleep habits, I had to change my night time routine with her and that is what hurts the most. I have to feed her downstairs a half hour before she goes to bed so she doesn't fall asleep while feeding and associate being able to go to sleep with eating. No more sleepy little baby in my arms as we rock in the chair. Before I put her down, I read her a story. That is it and I hate it. I want my happy night time ritual back. So for any of my followers who are or have gone though this, please tell me it gets better. Or, if you have another option for me, please let me know. I hate losing this time with her but I guess it happens sooner or later. I just want it to be later.