WANTED: Sleep!

Help! I’m about ready to give my daughter away – no not really, but I’m sure you’ve all had a long spell of sleepless nights and wondered why on earth you had a kid.

Darling Sierra was an AWESOME sleeper – getting up once in a night for a quick feed, or sleeping the whole night through since she was 3 months old (after outgrowing colic). Yes, I was completely spoiled. Then she got a killer cold and I babied her through it – rocking her, co-sleeping, rubbing her back to get her to sleep etc… Yeah, I know, big mistake but she needed her rest to beat the cold (she got so sick that she stopped drinking and peeing so we had to syringe feed her enfalyte to re-hydrate her). Ever since then she’s been waking up every hour on the hour and taking about 30 min each time to fall back asleep 😯 Yep – no one in our house is getting any sleep.

We’ve tried everything. Pick up, put down, Ferberizing, even crying it out. Unfortunately there’s one problem with letting her cry it out. She’s a belly sleeper. No biggie right? Well the problem lies in the fact that she can roll from her belly to her back, but not from her back to her belly. She thinks she’s a freaking turtle. When she rolls onto her back she can’t fall asleep, and she can’t roll to her belly. She has amazing endurance and can cry for an hour straight or longer if I let her.

I’m at my sleep-deprived wits end. Does anyone know how I can get this baby to sleep? Today she is so over-tired from not sleeping last night that I’m seriously considering filling up my gas guzzler SUV and driving her to London and back just so she can get some sleep. HELP!!

14 thoughts on “WANTED: Sleep!

  1. I wish I had some sound advice to give you, but I can’t think of anything. I wish there was something I could do to help out. Hopefully she will get tired enough soon that she will sleep for a few hours so you can get some sleep as well. Call me if you need me.

  2. damn! If I was still in Paris you could steer your gas guzzling SUV my way.
    POOOOOR you. Been there..hated that.
    I don’t remember how we went back to normal.

    What if you add rolled recieving blankets on either side of her so she can’t roll on to her back in her sleep?

  3. I wish I had some advice. But I’m the same as you. I was up 3 times last night with my little Toothy-man. If it’s any consolation, I remember around this age Kaitlyn (who previously slept through the night) was getting up a lot again. I only lasted a little while. :( But even one week of not sleeping does it’s damage on poor mommy!

  4. Try putting a bolster or blankets around her so she can’t accidentally roll over. Hang in there!

  5. Hang in there – what do we always say? They’re always changing. When Konnor was first teething he was unconsolable no matter what we did. He would not sleep without us and contantly cried, then stopped for 5 minutes, than cried, then stopped, on and off,for what seemed like forever. So, maybe she is going through a frustrating phase along with the cold – teething? trying to walk? Personally I think a little babying is fine when they need it. After all, don’t we like to be babied when we are sick? It makes them feel loved and confident to get over obstacles if we have their back. As for co-sleeping…I sleep with my dog, so why not our kids too? I feel for ya in the sleep dept. though. Sometimes lack of sleep can magnify the problem. But, hang in there and say it with me…they are always changing. 😉

  6. I wish I had advice, but I’m in the same boat. Miss Lu got RSV in Feb, and since then has not slept through a single night. Last few nights she’s been up 4-5 times. Killing me, as i have two other children who get up at the crack of dawn (and also randomly wake at night).

    she a stubborn girl, crying it out does not work. Ferbing worked with both my boys, not her, she will cry as long as it takes. Just keep trying, sometimes once the novelty of rolling, crawling, pulling up, etc… wears off, they do learn to get back to sleep. Hang in there, you have my sympathy.

  7. I know EXACTLY what Sierra is going through because that has been my week. I haven’t slept because of this bad cold and it sucks. I wish I knew what would get me to sleep as well. The last couple of nights I have had some Brandy and that has helped. But if Sierra is like me, she will go through phases, some weeks sleeping well, some not. When I can’t sleep it is because I have had a lot on my mind – maybe she does as well. Have you seen that video you can buy of animals playing and then they get tired and yawn and stuff, I have heard it is great putting kids to sleep.

  8. THEY USED TO MAKE LITTLE TO KEEP BABIES FROM ROLLING… I HAD THEM WITH MINE. IF I FIND ONE WHEN I GO OUT IN A BIT I’LL SEND IT TO YOU. IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO GIVE SIERRA UP … I’LL GLADLY TAKE HER (ALWAYS WANTED A LITTLE GIRL). KEEP IN MIND I AM THER FIRST TO OFFER TO TAKE HER 😀

  9. I just thought of something Marie. I have one of those sleep positioners that I am not using. If you think you could use it I could run it out to you next week (if you’re not working) along with your maternity clothes. Let me know!

  10. I WAS THE FIRST TO OFFER TO TKAE HER … SHE WOULD LIKE THE WARM WEATHER HERE TOO. I WENT TO WALMART EARLIER AND FOUND A SLEEP POSITIONER AND I WILL GET IT IN THE MAIL FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. THEY ARE CHEAP BUT IF THEY GET THE KID TO SLEEP SO YOU CAN THEY ARE WORTH MILLIONS!

  11. Aww dear. That sounds tough. Rose woke up 3 times last night. The night before I was up for 75 mins with her. I’ve taken to having her sleep in the stroller. Her problem is that she gets in that restless stage of sleep and then will sit up. Now she can pull up too, so she stands up and cries…rather than falling back to sleep. So when she wakes up for the 2nd time of the night, I push her back & forth in the stroller and she usually goes out ok. (Though the other night I was pushing her from 4am until 5am. :roll:) Sounds like that wouldn’t work with Sierra needing to be on her stomach though. I guess I’d just spend all day trying to teach her to roll over that way. Hope you can get some sleep soon.

  12. Ahhh, welcome to the club 😉 We’ve been having a very long, sleepless week. These things go in cycles. I’m sure it’ll get better.

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